Woodfuel suppliers can now register their fuels as sustainable by applying to the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL).
This is a first for the UK biomass sector and a major milestone in ensuring biomass supported under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is sustainable.
The BSL will help develop the growing market for renewable heat providing opportunities throughout the supply chain.
Producers and traders of woodfuel who wish to access the growing RHI market can apply for free to the BSL. Small and micro enterprises will be able to use a new simple carbon calculator developed to make the process as easy as possible for small businesses.
Larger enterprises will be able to use the UK Solid and Gaseous Biomass and Biogas Carbon Calculator to calculate the GHG emissions associated with their fuel. Individuals and businesses that self-supply their own fuel are also encouraged to register as 'self-supplier' as soon as possible.
From Autumn 2014 all biomass fuel used by households, businesses and other organisations claiming the RHI must meet a lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target of 60 per cent and GHG savings against the EU fossil fuel average.
The BSL was developed and will be run by Gemserv, partnering with Woodsure, HETAS and Borough IT.