Scottish Woodfuel sector update meeting

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Biomass suppliers and the owners and operators of biomass installations are being urged to attend a free seminar at Stirling Auction Mart next month (5 November) to learn about important industry developments coming into effect in 2015.

New sustainability criteria, set down by the UK Government ( Department of Energy and Climate Change), are being introduced to ensure a professional, consistent and guaranteed quality supply of wood fuel in the face of ever growing demand for wood fuel.

The meeting is being organised by Forestry Commission Scotland’s Scottish Regional Woodfuel Forums, Confor’s Woodfuel Group, assisted by Rural Development Initiatives Associates.

David Norris, Business Development Advisor for Forestry Commission Scotland, said;

“The new criteria will help determine whether or not biomass installations are eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - a guaranteed, index-linked payment over 20 years for the production of renewable heat from wood fuel.

“This meeting will be extremely useful for anyone involved it the supply and use of wood fuel in Scotland. It will look at the new sustainability criteria, wood fuel accreditation, types of evidence to demonstrate compliance, other key developments related to the RHI,  and much more. There will also be some very useful insight into the role of Confor’s Woodfuel Group.

“Unfortunately, places are limited so I would strongly advise anyone involved in this sector to book their place today.”

In order to be eligible under the new criteria biomass installations will need to demonstrate that their wood fuel meets a ‘greenhouse gas lifecycle emissions limit’ target and land management standards. 

To comply with the new standards (from spring 2015), domestic installations must source wood fuel from a Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) registered supplier. Non-domestic installations can either use a BSL registered supplier or report directly to Ofgem. 

BSL registered suppliers must meet sustainability requirements and comply with legal requirements.

Lunch will be provided at the event and speakers will include representatives from Ofgem, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Confor , Woodsure and Angus Biofuels.

Places should be booked by 29th October, either by phoning  or emailing Virginia Harden-Scott at Rural Development Initiatives on 07919 263 190 or at

Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

2.  RDI Associates, which is helping organise the event, provides support to the Scottish Woodfuel Forums on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.

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4. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.

5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 Notes to Editors