New Biomass Sustainability Requirements – What You Need to Know


On 5th October 2015 the rules regarding the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are changing and in order to claim or continue to claim RHI, users must use fuel that meets the sustainability criteria. In this article we outline what you need to do to ensure that your fuel supply meets the criteria in plenty of time for the 5th October deadline.

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  1. The easiest way to comply is to purchase your sustainable fuel from a Biomass Supplier List (BSL) approved supplier. You can search for registered suppliers in your local area. Click here to search.
  2. If your current supplier isn’t listed, remind them to register so that you can continue to use them after the 5th October deadline.
  3. You might be able to register as a self-supplier if your system is less than 1MW and you use wood grown on your own land. See our previous article for guidance on how to do this.
  4. Should you decide to use fuel that is not sourced from a BSL supplier, you will need to report to DECC once a quarter with details of your fuel’s sustainability. You can use the carbon calculator to estimate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions that are created during the growing, harvesting  processing and delivery of your fuel.
  5. If your system is larger than 1MW you will also have to supply a  yearly audit report from an independent party confirming the sustainability of fuels used.

To ensure that you can claim or continue to claim RHI payments after the 5th October deadline, be certain to adhere to these guidelines. Should you require any help or advice, feel free to contact us for a no obligation chat.

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