Biomass event for East of Scotland businesses

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14 MARCH 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14424

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Businesses and public sector organisations from Dunfermline to Brechin and from Stirling to St Andrews are being urged to get the ‘fuel good factor’ and find out more about the benefits of switching to woodfuel.

The Biomass Network East of Scotland is holding a meeting next week (25 March) at Dewar’s Centre in Perth, where a range of experts will be on hand to give advice on all things woodfuel.

Tom Davies, Biomass development officer with Forestry Commission Scotland, said;

“Making the switch to woodfuel is a long-term investment in the future. It’s about benefiting from a renewable resource that offers cost effective heat generation - saving carbon and saving money.

“Businesses with a large heat use - such as hotels or supermarkets - are ideal candidates for using a cheaper fuel source, especially those that are in areas which are off the gas grid. And now that there is significant financial help available, installing a woodfuel system is an even more attractive option than ever.”

A range of experts from the woodfuel sector will give a series of presentations covering topics such as the woodfuel supply chain, sustainability and the right woodfuel heating solution for your situation.

There will also be an explanation of the recently announced Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and how businesses can take advantage of this new source of funding.  The RHI starts in July this year and will provide a massive financial incentive to use renewable heating systems such as woodfuel boilers.

The event runs from 9.30 until 1.00am and anyone who would like more information, or who would like to register to take part, should contact Gillian Mackenzie at or on 01738 442 830.

For more information about woodfuel and the sorts of options available, visit

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 660,000 hectare national forest estate.  Climate change is the biggest threat facing the planet and Scottish forestry is playing its part in helping tackle climate change. With trees naturally locking up carbon, they have a significant role in reducing the affects of climate change. The use of wood as a fuel will also help reduce harmful greenhouse emissions and the Commission is working hard to promote woodfuel developments across the country. Forestry Commission Scotland is continuing to protect, manage and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands in a way which helps in the fight against climate change.

2) The RHI is targeted at industrial, commercial and public sector. It aims to increase the number of renewable heating installations in these sectors by 7 times by 2020. It is worth £860m (UK wide) and is expected to increase green capital investment by £4.5 billion up to 2020, stimulating a new market in renewable heat.