Around the Industry
With the heating season fast approaching the Woodsure team has also been busy rounding up the latest news from around the industry for you to view in one place.
Non Domestic Advice on Waste Wood
There is a growing concern that treated and untreated waste wood is being mixed and subsequently used for unauthorised end-uses, such as in combustion appliances. This could lead to health and environmental consequences. Due to the seriousness of the concerns, the Environmental Agencies are focusing on illegal activity with waste wood as an urgent priority.
Domestic RHI | Biomass tariff change: 1 July 2017
Back in June BEIS announced that a degression has been passed for biomass technologies. This means that there will be a change in the tariff rate for biomass technologies in the next quarter for new applications made.
|Applications submitted||Biomass boilers and stoves (p/kWh)||Air source heat pumps (p/kWh)||Ground source heat pumps (p/kWh)||Solar thermal (p/kWh)|
|01/07/2017 – 30/09/2017*||3.85p||7.63p||19.64p||20.06p|
|01/10/2017 – 31/12/2017||If any new tariff changes are to be made due to degression, the next announcement by BEIS would be by 1 September 2017.|
Ecodesign Ready Scheme
Earlier this year, the official launch of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) Ecodesign Ready Scheme took place in the Houses of Parliament. Ecodesign is the European-wide programme to lowering emissions. It is due to come into force in the UK in 2022. The main manufacturers in the SIA have decided to release stoves that will meet the lower emission limits now, six years early.
The scheme is being overseen by HETAS, who will independently verify that the stoves meet the fundamental requirements of Ecodesign. The stoves will also appear on the HETAS website search with the Ecodesign Ready label. Independent tests have shown that an Ecodesign Ready stove produces 90% fewer emissions than an open fire and 84% fewer than a stove of ten years ago.
Alongside this the SIA is promoting the use of quality woodfuel and is supporting the Woodsure Ready to Burn initiative, combining efficient stoves with quality woodfuel.
Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017
It has been confirmed that the Fire Kills Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017 will be taking place from the 4th to the 10th September. There are over 5,500 chimney fires in England, Wales and Scotland.
Woodsure will be supporting the campaign in 2017 and promoting the importance of using quality assured wood fuel and firewood.
Grown in Britain Week 2017
This year’s Grown in Britain Week 2017 will be taking place week commencing 9th October and is a national celebration of wood and the amazing places and people that bring this fantastic material into our lives. Each day of the week has its own theme:
Monday – Timber in Construction Day
Tuesday – Woodland Social Enterprise Day
Wednesday – Education Day
Thursday – Woodfuel Day
Friday – Furniture Day
Saturday – Show and Tell Day
Sunday – Connection Day
The CLA, Forestry Commission and Grown in Britain are holding a conference on woodland management on 12 October. The one-day conference takes place in this year’s Grown in Britain Week and will provide an informative, practical guide to woodland management for landowners and farmers, with a particular focus on opportunities to add value. Click here for more information.
For more information on Grown in Britain visit https://www.growninbritain.org/get-involved/grown-in-britain-week/.