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Woodfuel Sector Explained

The woodfuel sector is a rapidly developing industry with a supply chain that includes landowners, boiler installers, architects, forestry agents and contractors, wood fuel suppliers and hauliers.

The Renewable Energy Strategy indicates that around 30% of the UK renewable energy target could be met by biomass for heat and power, representing a huge growth opportunity.

Buying Woodfuel

A range of companies and co-operatives exist to serve the market’s growing demand for fuel. From small-scale public or community organisations, to larger national and international organisations that supplies hundreds of thousands of tonnes a year.

Find local suppliers by visiting the Biomass Energy Centre website.

Fuel is the major operating cost for any biomass system – as much as 90% of the total operating expenditure. It is important to deliver fuel in the most cost-effective way, and ensure that a good fuel supply contract is in place.

Model fuel contracts are available as a guide from the following websites:

Woodfuel Network

Twice a year the Forestry Commission hosts a network meeting for woodfuel suppliers in England.

Forestry Commission Scotland employed Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) to conduct a survey of woodfuel suppliers across Great Britain to gauge requirements for and interest in a network for woodfuel suppliers. Over 100 people replied and the overwhelming response was for more support on lobbying, information, advice and training.

View the suppliers network scoping study here.

View Woodfuel Suppliers Network Meeting Documents.

Woodfuel Supply Volume – Survey Results

The first survey was conducted by the Forestry Commission to measure volumes of wood used as a renewable fuel in 2009. Provisional results are available on our statistics pages.

How to buy timber from the Forestry Commission

Most of the Forestry Commission’s timber is sold electronically through a system called E-sales. If you would like to purchase timber register on our e-timber sales webpage where further guidance is available.


Last updated: 17th November 2017