Guidance: Woodfuel Guidance

By HM Government

Those using biomass to produce heat or electricity will have to comply with mandatory sustainability critera to receive incentives, once the 2015 amended renewable obligation and renewable heat incentive orders come into force (and from April under the CFD). These criteria include a greenhouse gas and a land criteria. This guidance sets out the land criteria for those producing heat and electricity from woodfuel.

For woodfuel, the land criteria is as set out in the timber standard for heat and electricity. This requires woodfuel users to put in place sustainable forest management practices, and to provide evidence that wood can be traced from a sustainable source.

The guidance is split into three documents. The woodfuel advice note is the main document, with other useful detail provided in the other documents:

  • The woodfuel advice note provides a helpful summary of all the requirements for complying with the timber standard, what other requirements to be aware of, and where to find further information (including CPET, BSL, Ofgem).
  • The consignments and mass balance approach document sets out how suppliers should operate a ‘mass balance’ system and how sustaianbility data reported to Ofgem should be disaggregated into ‘consignments’.
  • The risk based regional assessment: a checklist approach document describes how to use a checklist approach to operate a risk based regional assessment, and the kinds of bespoke evidence that would be acceptable in meeting sustainability requirements.

Further sources of information:

  • Woodfuel guidance for providing bespoke evidence.
  • Ofgem can help answer enquiries regarding the RO scheme and RHI (domestic and non-domestic) application and reporting processes. Ofgem also provides advice on enquiries regarding fuel classification.
  • The biomass suppliers list (BSL) offer advice and support for those wishing to supply to RHI participants.
  • The central point of expertise on timber (CPET) offer a helpline service providing information and guidance to suppliers and generators of woodfuel on how they can comply with the woodfuel land criteria as set out in the timber standard.
  • The forestry commission provides information on management plans, felling licences and sustainable forest management practices. The UK forestry standard (UKFS) is the reference standard for sustainable forest management in the UK. The UKFS, supported by its series of guidelines, outlines the context for forestry in the UK, sets out the approach of the UK governments to sustainable forest management, defines standards and requirements, and provides a basis for regulation and monitoring.
  • The national measurement office (NMO) answers enquiries related to compliance with the EU timber regulation (EUTR). NMO enforcement enquiry form.

Source:: Guidance: Woodfuel Guidance