INDUSTRY NEWS WRA seeks clarification on wood grades T

he Wood Recyclers’ Association is calling for clarification on exactly what grades of wood are acceptable for small scale RHI bio- mass boilers (non-WID compliant), after discovering inconsistencies in guidance to boiler manufacturers and fuel suppliers.

The trade body is expressing its concerns after finding inconsisten- cies in wording used in guidance to boiler manufacturers and fuel suppliers. The Environment Agency states only clean grade A wood can be used in non-WID boilers, whilst local authority guidance allows a mix of grade A and, in certain circumstances, grade B to be used in non-WID boilers processing less than three tonnes an hour, under something known as a ‘B Permit’. Although the local authority guidance then refers to a further description of what it means by Grade B (i.e. offcuts from board product manufacture), the WRA feels this needs to be explained more clearly.

The trade body feels the confu-

that there is consistency on this issue in the future.”

The WRA has also temporar- ily stopped taking on any new biomass boiler manufacturers to its membership until the situation is clarified.

sion has resulted in some boiler manufacturers being able to sell non-WID compliant boilers on the basis that lower grade woods can be burned in them.

Andy Hill, Chair of the WRA, said that while the trade body awaits clarification it has

decided to adopt an interim posi- tion of only recommending the use of virgin or untreated pre-consumer waste wood for small scale RHI (non-WID compliant) boilers. He added that the WRA is asking its members to adopt that position

‘Renewable energy prospects for India’

According to the findings of a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), India can raise its renewable energy use to meet a quarter of the country’s total final energy demand by 2030. ‘Renewable energy prospects for India’, a study from IRENA’s REmap programme, outlines action areas that can unlock India’s vast renewable energy potential, ensure clean and sustainable energy for generations to come and enable the country to fulfil its pledges under the Paris Climate Agreement. The report describes how biofuels, which can be used across the end demand spectrum, such as for transport, electricity generation and heating, would account for 62% of India’s renewable energy. “With one of the world’s largest

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and most ambitious renewable energy programmes, India is taking a leading role in energy transformation both regionally and globally,” said IRENA Director- General Adnan Z. Amin. “India possesses a wealth of renewable resources, particularly for solar and bioenergy development, which can help meet growing energy demand, power economic growth and improve energy access, as well as boost overall energy security.” Increasing renewable energy deployment could save the economy 12 times more than its costs by the year 2030, creating jobs, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and ensuring cleaner air and water, with savings on health-related costs. Furthermore, the renewable energy technologies identified in the report would

while clarification is sought. “We know there are situations where lower grade materials have been used in small-scale non-WID bio- mass boilers and that has prompted us to look at exactly what guidance is available for our members. Hav- ing done that, it is clear the guid- ance is inconsistent and ambigu- ous, which is totally unacceptable,” said Andy.

“We will be working with the Environment Agency, OFGEM, the Biomass Suppliers List and local authority representatives to ensure

lower the demand for coal and oil products between 17% and 23% by 2030, compared to a business- as-usual scenario.

“Balancing economic growth and development, environmental protection and energy security is a real challenge in India that can be tackled by enabling more renewable energy deployment,” remarked Dolf Gielen, Director of Innovoation and Technology at IRENA. India’s population and economic growth, combined with accelerating urbanisation, is expected to increase the number of people living in cities and towns from approximately 435 million in 2015 to 600 million by 2030. In addition, estimates suggest that 80 million households – roughly 300 million people – have limited or no access to electricity. Renewables can improve energy access for poor communities and bolster energy security through diversified, and largely indigenous, sources of supply.

This latest move is part of the trade association’s drive to raise standards across the waste wood industry as it develops a Code of Practice, which it will expect all members to sign up to in the future. It has already called for T6 exemptions for wood recycling to end and is now working closely with the Biomass Suppliers list, the Environment Agency, OFGEM, local authorities and others to ensure consistency on this issue. Andy concluded: “We have to lead the way with this and other similar issues and our position is clear. We need clarification and consistent guidelines from the bodies regulating this industry and we will be strict with our mem- bership to ensure that guidance is followed by anyone within our organisation”.


trees for Scotland

Speaking to a committee of the Scottish Parliament on 21 June, Stuart Goodall, CEO of the Confederation of Forest Industries, stated that the Scottish Government’s ambition to plant more trees should be enshrined in the new Forestry and Land Management Bill. He told the Rural Affairs & Connectivity Committee that the 1967 Forestry Act included a clear aspiration to expand the forest resource and that the legislation that succeeds it should do the same.

Earlier this year, the Scottish Government said it planned to increase new planting targets from the current 10,000 hectares per year to 15,000 hectares per year by 2024-25.

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