Sustainable biomass fuel

For biomass systems receiving the domestic and non domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced new sustainability requirements.  The criteria is intended to be introduced in two stages, from Autumn 2014 all biomass fuel used by RHI participants must meet a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target and from Spring 2015 the fuel will need to meet certain land criteria.

For RHI participants:  As the new sustainability criteria comes into force, users (<1MWth) that purchase fuel will have to demonstrate that they sourced the fuel from a supplier registered on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL).  Participants that supply their own fuel will need to register on the BSL as a “self-supplier” and provide some evidence of their ability to self-supply such as a Forestry Commission approved management plawoodchip_webn.


For woodfuel producers and traders:  Suppliers will be able to register their fuels as sustainable by applying for free to the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL).  Small and micro enterprises will be able to use a simple carbon calculator developed to make the process as easy as possible.  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.

For more details please contact Anthony Whitton at or  07917 324942