The environment and you, wood pellet boilers and solar panel installers

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OUR ETHOS

Reducing the impact our energy use has on the environment

Making the change is more important than ever. Harvested from sustainably managed forests or processed from waste, wood fuel is leading the way in Environmentally Sustainable heating


Sustainability

Our ethos is embodied throughout our business. When we provide advice, quotations or designs we consider all aspects of sustainability and highlight the benefits of using wood fuel.

  • Will the investment in a biomass boiler provide an acceptable return? We will advise at the earliest possible opportunity.
  • Can fuel which is produced locally from a sustainable source be used, contributing to local employment and further reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
  • What is the environmental benefit¬†when converting from fossil fuel? We will advise what your carbon reduction will be.
  • We recognise that there are a range of opinions around the sustainability of wood fuel and our position is set out below.


Wood fuel that comes from forestry operations where the total area of forest is maintained is genuinely low carbon if it meets certain criteria. A tree will grow and absorb carbon before being cut down and used for fuel, over the next thirty years a tree will grow in its place and absorb the equivalent amount of carbon that was emitted when it was burnt. This is a thirty-year carbon cycle, and effectively the total atmospheric CO2 remains constant.


Fuel from waste wood can be seen in the same way, except that it has been utilised for other purposes until the end of its service life. There are several factors that can affect the sustainability of wood fuel.

  • Forestry operations which clear cut established forest ecosystems are detrimental to the environment.
  • Monoculture forests can impact biodiversity and generate additional carbon emissions if they are expanded into unsuitable environments.
  • Processing and transporting the wood results in carbon emissions, although it is important to consider that shipping emissions are orders of magnitude lower per mile than road transport. A fifty-mile lorry journey could emit more CO2 per tonne of woodchip than shipping the wood from overseas, however it is always best to source fuel as locally as possible.

Although all wood fuel used in boilers must meet sustainability criteria as a condition of RHI payments, the criteria should be seen as the minimum standard. We encourage dialogue with fuel suppliers to understand the sources of their wood, so that enhanced sustainability can be considered as part of the fuel supply contract decision.