Scottish Woodfuel sector update meeting

Biomass suppliers and the owners and operators of biomass installations are being urged to attend a free seminar at Queens Hotel, Lockerbie next month (29 April) to learn about important industry developments coming into effect in October 2015.

New sustainability criteria, set down by the UK Government (Department of Energy and Climate Change), in relation to the Renewable Heat Incentive, 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.

As well as finding out about the criteria, attendees will also learn about the documentation that will be required as evidence of compliance. The seminar will include soon to be published guidance information for Biomass Supplier List (RHI installation) woodfuel suppliers on the provision of evidence of compliance with sustainability criteria and will illustrate how documents already required for Forestry Grant Scheme applications can be counted as evidence.

Cameron Maxwell, 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 requirements related to the RHI and types of evidence to demonstrate compliance, it will also provide advice on simplifying record keeping.

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

The meeting is being organized by Forestry Commission Scotland’s Scottish Regional Woodfuel Forums in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council’s South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project and CPET (Central Point of Expertise), assisted by Rural Development Initiatives Associates.

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 CPET/Efeca, Woodsure, Forestry Commission Scotland and Confor.

Places should be booked by 22nd April, either by phoning  or emailing Virginia Harden-Scott at Rural Development Initiatives on 07919 263 190 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. RDI Associates, which is helping organise the event, provides support to the Scottish Woodfuel Forums on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.