RDI to help steer woodfuel sector in Scotland to new heights

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21 JULY 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14820

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With Scotland’s woodfuel sector poised to evolve into its next stage of development – Forestry Commission Scotland today announced that Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is to supply support services to industry forums in east Scotland, central Scotland and Ayrshire.

The forums, established by Forestry Commission Scotland, allow people and businesses working in the woodfuel sector to address, discuss and develop all aspects of Scotland’s woodfuel supply chain with a view to encourage the uptake of woodfuel as a form of renewable energy.

RDI - an Inverurie based not -for-profit company – will bring its project development and management services expertise to the forums and help the sector consolidate and expand.

Jonathan Taylor of Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“This is an important time for woodfuel. The Renewable Heat Incentive will soon make itself felt across the country and will revolutionise the way heat is generated and used in buildings. It will encourage many more people and businesses to switch to woodfuel and the market could grow substantially.

“Scotland’s woodfuel industry has grown very quickly over the past few years and in a short space of time the woodfuel processing and supply chain has developed to a point where the industry is now in a better position to drive its growth and address its issues.

“RDI’s expertise – together with their experience of biomass, forestry, community resilience and rural affairs - will mean that the forums can confidently develop ideas and plans to further strengthen the woodfuel sector in their areas.”

Forestry Commission Scotland and other organisations will continue to provide existing levels of support across the country.

RDI Co-Director, Claire Glaister said:

“We are pleased to be involved in helping the woodfuel sector in Scotland to step up a gear and move on to its next stage of growth and development.

 “Our involvement in biomass dates back to RDI’s foundation in 2005 and covers supply chain development, market acceleration, workforce training (through the Ignite programme) and hosting the Ignition09 and Ignition11 woodfuel expos. 

“Through these activities we have provided woodfuel businesses with valuable first hand experience of the UK's emerging woodfuel sector. We have enabled them to access almost £2m worth of public funds, we have trained over 850 people and have advised on over 400 installations.”

The three main forums which RDI will support are BIONES (Biomass Network East of Scotland), Central Scotland Woodfuel Forum, Ayrshire Woodfuel Forum.

For more information on how you can participate in the forums visit www.usewoodfuel.co.uk/news-events/woodfuel-forums.aspx

Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.


e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk