Renewable Heat Incentive sustainability criteria update for Scottish Woodfuel sector

Biomass suppliers and the owners and operators of biomass installations are being urged to attend a free seminar in Elgin next month (Tuesday 30 June) 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.

The meeting is being staged at the Eight Acres Hotel & Leisure Club in Elgin and is being organized by Forestry Commission Scotland’s Scottish Regional Woodfuel Forums, assisted by Rural Development Initiatives Associates.

Derek Nelson, Policy Advisor with the Commission’s Business Development Team, 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 in 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.”

In order to be eligible under the new criteria RHI applicants 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, Forestry Commission Scotland, Woodsure, and Re:heat.

Places should be booked by 23rd June, 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. RDI Associates, which is helping organise the event, provides support to Usewoodfuel Scotland on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.
  3. 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.
  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.