Environment and wood

There is no doubt that climate change is now a major political issue, high on the national and international agenda.  Wood has remained a traditional fuel for heating in many countries, mostly because it is locally available, cheap and relatively easy to process.  

The UK's renewables and Co2 emission reduction targets were set (in 1996) to reduce Co2 emission levels by 34% by 2020 and at least 80% by 2050.  It is widely anticipated that Biomass will have a major part to play in achieving these goals.

Wood chip is a renewable fuel because as felled trees are replaced with new plantings, there is a continuous cycle. The carbon released during wood chip burning is absorbed by growing trees.

Energy is used to process timber into wood chip and transport this to customers. This does produce carbon dioxide, which means that wood chip is not strictly carbon neutral, but Carbon Lean.  This is why our focus is on local wood resource for local use, to keep our Wood Chip Fuel as close to carbon neutral as possible (rather than lean), we look to keep the transport distances small as possible.

Wood chip is a renewable fuel because as felled trees are replaced with new plantings, there is a continuous cycle. The carbon released during wood chip burning is absorbed by growing trees.

Energy is used to process timber into wood chip and transport this to customers. This does produce carbon dioxide, which means that wood chip is not strictly carbon neutral, but Carbon Lean.  This is why our focus is on local wood resource for local use, to keep our Wood Chip Fuel as close to carbon neutral as possible (rather than lean), we look to keep the transport distances small as possible.

Biomass (Bioenergy) is carbon lean and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants by displacing fossil fuel use. Burning wood does not contribute to climate change if the felled wood is replaced, so it is regarded as carbon neutral. Modern biomass burners are clean-burning and meet air emission standards.

Apart from reducing Co2 emissions, by using local renewable woodland resources, we can also help reduce the UK's dependence on imported (fossil fuel) energy and help strengthen our national security.

Biomass / Bio-energy (in our case wood chip) are a renewable fuel, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants by displacing fossil fuel use, if the felled wood fuel is replaced with new planting.  The carbon released during wood chip burning is absorbed by growing (newly planted) trees and as such the burning wood does not contribute to climate change.

Bio-energy however should not be described as carbon neutral, but carbon lean.  There is energy used (and as a consequence relatively small amounts of carbon dioxide produced) in the harvesting, processing of the timber into wood chip and the distribution of the wood fuel to the heat demand customers.

This is one of the reasons why our focus is on matching local wood resources to local heat use.  To keep our wood chip fuel as close to carbon neutral as possible (rather than lean), we look to keep our transport distances as small as possible.

Apart from reducing Co2 emissions, by using local renewable woodland resources, we are also contributing to the lowering of the UK's dependence on imported (fossil fuel) energy and helping to strengthen our country's long term fuel security.