Woodfuel demand and usage in Scotland 2012 update
The latest report into the use of woodfuel in Scotland is now available.
Forestry Commission Scotland supports the creation of a vibrant, viable and expanding bio-energy sector:
- Research into energy forestry and woodfuel use
- Providing woodfuel advice
- Working with Scottish Government
- Woodfuel usage study
- Support for renewables and bio-energy
We already supply substantial volumes to the biomass industry and have identified additional volumes suitable for biomass to tender on the open market (See more information on current tenders).
We lead the Woodfuel Task Force, set up with the aim of increasing the supply of wood for renewable energy production.
Development of the supply chain is an important part of encouraging the woodfuel industry. The Scottish Government has welcomed the Woodfuel Task Force report and its recommendations to increase the available resource for bioenergy use. New businesses are being set up to supply biomass at all scales, and a list of suppliers is available on the www.usewoodfuel.co.uk website.
We have established a network of Energy Forestry Exemplar Sites to provide us with information on the economics, environmental impacts and carbon balance of energy forestry.
Our annual Woodfuel Usage and Demand Study looks at existing and potential woodfuel usage in the commercial, industrial and electrical energy sectors.
The dedicated website at www.usewoodfuel.co.uk has information about using woodfuel in many different types of situation, from heating the home to developing a large-scale energy plant, along with information about funding, woodfuel suppliers and much more.
If you have any questions about woodfuel or wish to discuss a project please get in touch through the woodfuel enquiry service .
We are represented on the Scottish Government's Renewable Heat Implementation Group, established to deliver the actions in Scotland's Renewable Heat Action Plan (RHAP).
We have also provided advice to the Scottish Government on windfarm projects that impact on forest habitats.
This study looks at existing and potential woodfuel usage in the commercial, industrial and electrical energy sectors of the Scottish market in 2010. The information in the study is used to:
- establish the extent of the continuing growth of the woodfuel sector
- inform the Scottish Government on the progress towards its targets for woodfuel use and renewable energy generation
- assess the effects of projects in the planning stage on long term supply and demand in the sector, and the likely effects on long term markets for timber from the national forest and other potential sources of woodfuel.
The report follows on from the work of the Scottish Woodfuel Task Force.
- Woodfuel demand and usage in Scotland 2011 (PDF 540k)
- Woodfuel demand and usage in Scotland 2010 (PDF 165k)
- Woodfuel demand and usage - update report to March 2009 (PDF 120k)
- 2008 woodfuel demand and usage - update report (PDF 135k).
There is a range of measures to support bio-energy from expanding the resource to installing woodfuel systems:
- Grants are available under the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) (www.scotland.gov.uk/srdp) for woodland creation and management, as well as for the establishment of Short Rotation Coppice. Other options available include measures to help farm and forestry businesses, rural micro-enterprises and communities install renewable energy systems or set up supply chains.
- The Renewable Heat Incentive is a major new UK-wide scheme providing financial support for renewable heat generation. This promises to be a huge boost to the wood fuel sector in Scotland. In November 2011 DECC formally opened the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to applications from industrial, commercial, public sector and not-for-profit and community installations.
Full information on the RHI and the full guidance for applicants who wish to apply can be found on DECC's website
For an overview of the RHI see the usewoodfuel website .The RHI is payable on completed intallations and can significantly reduce the payback time. To help with initial capital costs there are several low-interest loan schemes specifically designed for renewables projects. See usewoodfuel funding and incentives for more details.
- Support for biomass electricity and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is provided through the Renewables Obligation (Scotland)