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Lower emissions

  • Woodfuel makes little net contribution to carbon emissions, helping meet renewables targets
  • Using woodfuel instead of fossil fuel therefore reduces carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere
  • Clean residues from wood processing businesses can be used, reducing their waste disposal costs, aiding their competitiveness and reducing pressure on landfill

Cost savings

  • Wood is a cheap renewable fuel, being generally more competitive than oil, coal or LPG and occasionally almost competitive with natural gas

Energy & Food Security and Sustainability

  • Wood is a reliable, competitively priced source of locally produced energy.
  • Our woodlands can support projected woodfuel demands without taking land out of agriculture.
  • Woodfuel can sustain woodland management by utilising the parts of trees that previously no-one wanted. When woodland is cleared, Government regulations insist on replanting.

Supporting the economy

  • The work necessary can safeguard and create jobs and businesses and contribute to diversification of the rural economy.

Air Quality and efficiency

  • Modern woodfuel boilers (chip or pellet) are very efficient, easy to operate and produce only small amounts of smoke, ash and air pollutants.

More Wildlife and Landscape Conservation

  • Woodfuel can be sourced from woods within the locality, so bringing neglected woods back into management and providing environmental and landscape benefits.