12 SEPTEMBER 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15647
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A few places are still available for a free event in Dunbar to help people save cash and cut their carbon footprints by using local firewood.
Hotel owners, farmers, tourism businesses and anyone else keen to explore the incentives and cutting edge technology for burning wood are invited to an information evening at the town’s Rossburgh Hotel on 20 September from 6-8pm.
Firewood used to be the most common source of fuel used by Scottish farms, hostelries and homes for heating and cooking.
As oil central heating ushered in a new era of convenience, the use of firewood declined, and on many farms trees were removed or left unmanaged. However soaring prices of high carbon heating fuels such as coal and kerosene and huge advances in wood burning technology have recently triggered a steep rise in demand for woodfuel.
Sales of wood burning stoves have rocketed and firewood merchants across the country are struggling to keep up with the explosion in demand for logs to fuel them. Meanwhile, as the drive to cut carbon emissions gathers pace and oil prices rise, biomass boilers are rapidly gaining recognition as a practical, efficient way of heating homes and businesses.
Dan Gates, from the wood heating specialists Uaine Limited, chairs the Central Scotland Woodfuel Forum which has organised the information evenings. He will be the keynote speaker at both events.
Mr Gates draws on eight years’ experience in the biomass industry in asserting that the time is ripe for bringing woods into management for fuel.
“With the new and rapidly expanding market for woodfuel, and uncertainty over the future affordability of fossil fuel heating, the economic case for land managers to diversify into growing trees for firewood is getting stronger all the time,’ he said.
Keith Wishart, Forestry Commission Scotland Conservator for Central Scotland said: "For farmers, developing their own woodfuel supply from under managed woodlands could be very beneficial. Trees can turn an unproductive area of land to a productive one. "
“Developing their own woodfuel supply can be an opportunity for farmers to both to save money in fuel costs and to develop a new income stream from sales of woodfuel."
To book your place contact Amanda Calvert on 07956622452 e-mail email@example.com. For more information on woodfuel as a source of renewable energy www.usewoodfuel.co.uk