Burning Wood is Good
Wood fuel can be burned to generate heat or electricity and is an important part of the UK’s renewable energy supply.
It is a sustainable, low carbon, source of energy that is produced from managed woods, where felled trees are replanted.
Wood fuel works best on a regional scale – using locally grown fuel in efficient, modern boilers as a clean way to provide heat for business and community buildings, saving money and CO2.
Using wood fuel from well-managed woodlands provides market pull for forest products and gives land owners an incentive to manage their wood. Managing woods will also produce high quality products such as saw logs that could replace carbon intensive building materials.
Encouraging Birds, Bees and Butterflies
Bringing woodlands back into management, as the market for wood heat expands, this has a positive impact on wildlife. Opening up space allows sunlight in, which enables a wider range of plants, insects and animals to live in the woodland.
Wood fuel can deliver significant cost savings because of lower fuel costs: wood fuel can be cheaper than fossil fuels when replacing electric, LPG, coal or heating oil. It can help to combat fuel poverty and increase business robustness by providing an alternative, competitively priced fuel.
Saving Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Wood fuel is carbon lean. Burning wood releases carbon dioxide but this is balanced by the carbon dioxide absorbed by the original trees and in the growth of new ones. The biggest savings of carbon dioxide occur when wood replaces carbon-intensive, fossil fuels, especially in areas that are off the gas grid.
Improving Air Quality
Modern, wood-burning boilers and stoves can compete on ease of use, cleanliness, efficiency, and convenience with fossil-fuelled alternatives. This can potentially lead to an improvement in air quality if replacing coal or oil boilers. Early consultation with your local authority is recommended to determine if the building is in an air quality management area.