Woodfuel event at SRUC Barony Campus

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Exploring the commercial opportunities in woodfuel supply – and the cost savings and benefits of switching to woodfuel heating – will be the subject of a special free event at SRUC Barony Campus next month (Tuesday 3 December).

Organised by Forestry Commission Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway Woodfuel Forum, in association with the South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project, the information day will look at all aspects of the woodfuel sector.

Virginia Harden Scott, who is organising the event, said;

“Woodfuel is becoming an increasingly popular source of heating for businesses, housing associations, public bodies and community groups, creating potential supply opportunities for new suppliers of – woodfuel and potential opportunities for existing suppliers to develop their business model.

“Our morning session - which will be of interest to existing and potential suppliers, woodfuel boiler installers and woodland owners - will give people the chance to discuss and learn more about the local woodfuel supply chain and associated opportunities.

“The afternoon session will focus more on the practicalities of using woodfuel for heat and the potential opportunities for those wishing to switch to a low cost and carbon lean heating source. It will explain how the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) can make a big difference to organisations and businesses. There will also be a networking session for potential end users to meet with suppliers of woodfuel and installers of woodfuel boilers, and an opportunity to see an existing woodfuel boiler in action.”

The Renewable Heat Incentive, designed to promote the production of heat from low-carbon technologies, provides a guaranteed, index-linked payment over 20 years for the production of renewable heat. It not only helps organisations to reduce their heating spend but also brings financial benefit from the production and use of renewable heat.

Making the switch to woodfuel also helps reduce CO2 emissions, which enhances business sustainability and boosts ‘green business’ credentials.

With thanks to SRUC Barony Campus, this event builds on the success of the RHI promotional event in January 2013.

The schedule for the event is:
• Session 1 (9.30 – 12.40): Timber availability in Dumfries and Galloway, Woodsure accreditation and support, Development opportunities in the woodfuel supply chain: Discussion session

• Session 2 (12.00 – 15.00): Wood fuel in action: Hightae Inn case study, Meet the supplier/installer networking session,  South West Firewood woodfuel production case study, Optional site visit (Barony College wood fuel heating system)

Places are limited so anyone interested in attending should book as early as possible either by contacting Virginia on 07919 263 190 or emailing to virginia.harden@ruraldevelopment.org.uk

The closing date for bookings is Tuesday 26 November.

For more information visit the ‘EVENTS’ section at www.usewoodfuel.co.uk

Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

2.  For news, events and recreation information log on to
www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland

3. The usewoodfuelscotland website and the Scottish regional Woodfuel Forums provide support to the Scottish Woodfuel industry. Forestry Commission Scotland and Rural Development Initiatives are working together with other partner organisations to deliver the Woodfuel Forums.

4. For more information and advice on woodfuel and biomass as a business opportunity or as an alternative source of energy, visit www.usewoodfuel.co.uk

5. 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.


e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk