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A new way for biomass suppliers and customers to find each other has been announced by the Forestry Commission’s Biomass Energy Centre and the Carbon Trust today, 1 December 2011.
The National Biomass Suppliers Database will make it easier for people looking to take advantage of the recently released Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI), and heat their buildings or factories using wood, to find local and national companies which can supply them with woodfuel.
The new map-based listing is available on the Biomass Energy Centre website (www.biomassenergycentre.org.uk) and includes the details of around 300 fuel suppliers operating across the UK. People considering installing woodfuel-powered heating are often unaware that the woodfuel supply chain is well established in many parts of the country. Woodfuel offers a viable alternative to oil and gas and the new system will make it easy to find the nearest, or preferable, fuel supplier.
The service is free and woodfuel suppliers can be included by simply registering and submitting their details online. The development of the service has been funded by the Carbon Trust while the Biomass Energy Centre provided much of the information and will add new fuel suppliers to the map.
Will Rolls who helped develop the service said:
"Our old woodfuel suppliers listing was one of the most popular areas of the website but we have been struggling to keep it up to date. The new map is much clearer way and lets the fuel supplier tell potential customers more about the services they offer. We are grateful to the Carbon Trust who, through the Biomass Heat Accelerator, have made this map possible."
The Biomass Energy Centre and the Carbon Trust anticipate increased demand for woodfuel when the effects of the recently launched Renewable Heat Incentive become apparent. Both organisations have been working hard to help support the development of woodfuel businesses and the new resource is an important addition to the extensive technology transfer services already available.
Benj Sykes, Director of Innovation at the Carbon Trust said:
“By facilitating the development of this map on behalf of the Biomass Energy Centre, we hope to provide confidence to sites contemplating installing biomass heating, that fuel can be found for their boilers.”
Forestry Commission England recently announced its Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant that will increase the amount of wood entering the supply chain from currently under managed woodlands, something that can benefit woodland wildlife as well as the rural economy.
Both the new grant and the Biomass Energy Centre feature in the Woodfuel Implementation Plan published by Forestry Commission England in June 2011.
Notes to Editor
- The Biomass Energy Centre is funded by the Forestry Commission and is a part of Forest Research. BEC provides information on all aspects of using wood, and other biomass' for heat and power. The developing woodfuel market could help bring more woodlands back into management across the country, something that the Forestry Commission is keen to support.
- The Carbon Trust’s Biomass Heat Accelerator was set up to promote the cost-effective uptake of biomass heating, Other outputs of the BHA, including best practice guidance to key sectors likely to benefit from this technology, can be found here (www.carbontrust.co.uk/biomass).
- The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/England
- Woodfuel Woodland Improvement grant key features This new grant supports the sustainable production of woodfuel and other timber products and runs to the end of the 2013/14 financial year. Work will need to meet the UK Foresty Standard. The grant offers 60% towards the cost of work, and doesn’t take account of the timber income that results. To apply for a Woodfuel WIG, applicants must have an approved, up to date Woodland Management Plan, and work must be completed and claimed for by 28 February 2014.The following main operations are supported:
* Roads, tracks and other infrastructure to assist the extraction of timber from woodland. Support will be based on 3 quotes and grant paid on the production of receipted invoices.
* Woodland inventory and costs associated with managing harvesting contracts. Support for this work is based on standard costs.
Forestry Commission England runs the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) to protect, improve and expand our forests, as set out in the government's Natural Environment White Paper http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/natural/whitepaper/. EWGS is a part of the Rural Development Plan for England (RDPE). Further information about these schemes can be found at http://www.defra.gov.uk/rural/rdpe/index.htm.
- UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) TheUKFS defines governments' requirements for sustainable forest management and has been recently revised.
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