Around the industry

We know you will all be busy with the heating season in full swing so here is our regular roundup of everything going on around the industry.

Renewable Heat Incentive Update

In March 2016, the Government published a consultation on changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. After taking account of the feedback it received, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its consultation response on 14 December 2016. You can read the consultation response, The Renewable Heat Incentive: A Reformed Scheme in full on the BEIS website. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the changes to the scheme Regulations that were announced in the consultation response are planned to be introduced in two stages.

The first stage of proposed changes to the Domestic Scheme came into effect on 20 September 2017.

These changes include: tariff uplifts for air source heat pumps (ASHP), ground source heat pumps (GSHP), and biomass plants; and the introduction of annual heat demand limits for ASHPs, GSHPs, and biomass plants. The amendments will also extend the scheme’s budget management mechanisms until July 2018.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the second stage of regulation amendments are planned to follow later in 2017/2018 – these will extend the RHI’s budget management mechanism until the end of 2020/21 as well as introduce the rest of the RHI reform package that was announced in December 2016.

You can view a handy summary of the changes on the Ofgem website.

Feeling Glam?

Recent reports have suggested that it is inadvisable to put wood burning stoves in tents and pods. Woodsure teamed up with HETAS and Certainly Wood to counteract this negative press and demonstrate that burning wood in such accommodation can be done safely.

Following a recent incident in a glamping pod, industry is keen to ensure that owners of such businesses are responsible in their installation, maintenance, choice of fuels and safe use.

Click here to view the article that featured in Glamping Business.

HETAS has a range of consumer advice leaflets available at https://www.hetas.co.uk/consumer/hetas-advice/.

 Woodchip fires

A number of woodchip fires have been reported in recent months across the UK.

Click here to view an incident in Bridgend

Click here to view an incident in Staffordshire

Click here to view an incident in Oxfordshire

Such instances can occur when people are chipping wood which has a moisture content greater than 25% and once it is chipped, piling it into a barn.  The heap can increase in temperature as the chip starts to compost.  The first signs of this is cresting where damp patches appear and steam rises from the stacked chip. Woodsure chip suppliers are advised by Woodsure to effectively manage their own stock piles and to advise anyone it supplies on effective storage to prevent such instances.

Updated Enplus Application Process

There has been some recent changes to the application packs for ENplus® trader, producer and service provider. You can view the updated documents on the HETAS website.

https://www.hetas.co.uk/professionals/fuel-approval/enplus/

There has been on change to the Handbook, which was last updated in August 2015. Woodsure provide auditing services for ENplus®. Click here to find out more or call the team on 01684 278188.

Woodland Trust Charter

On 6 November 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched by the Woodland Trust at Lincoln Castle – home to one of the two remaining 1217 Charters of the Forest.

During 2017 The Woodland Trust reached out to all sections of UK society to define this new charter, and to build a people-powered movement for trees. More than 70 organisations and 300 local community groups answered the call and helped to collect over 60,000 tree stories from people across the UK, demonstrating the important role that trees play in their lives. These stories were read and shared, and helped to define the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter, ensuring that it stands for every tree and every person in the UK.

The Tree Charter will draw its strength from the hundreds of thousands of people across the UK that sign.

Be a part of this historic moment, sign the Tree Charter to show your support for the principles.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/tree-charter/

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