Wood will be focus of seminar

Exploring the commercial opportunities in woodfuel supply – and the cost savings and benefits of switching to woodfuel heating – will be the subject of a special free event at Barony College next month.

Organised by Forestry Commission Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway Woodfuel Forum, in association with the South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project, the information day on Tuesday, December 3, will look at all aspects of the woodfuel sector.

Virginia Harden Scott, who is organising the event, said: “Woodfuel is becoming an increasingly popular source of heating for businesses, housing associations, public bodies and community groups, creating potential supply opportunities for new suppliers of woodfuel and potential opportunities for existing suppliers to develop their business model.

“Our morning session will give people the chance to discuss and learn more about the local woodfuel supply chain and associated opportunities.

“The afternoon session will focus more on the practicalities of using woodfuel for heat and the potential opportunities for those wishing to switch to a low-cost and carbon-lean heating source. It will explain how the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) can make a big difference to organisations and businesses.

“There will also be a networking session for potential end users to meet suppliers of woodfuel and installers of woodfuel boilers, and an opportunity to see an existing woodfuel boiler in action.”

The RHI, designed to promote the production of heat from low-carbon technologies, provides a guaranteed, index-linked payment over 20 years for the production of renewable heat. It not only helps organisations to reduce their heating spend but also brings financial benefit from the production and use of renewable heat.

Places are limited so anyone interested in attending should book as early as possible either by contacting Virginia on 07919 263 190 or emailing to virginia.harden@ruraldevelopment.org.uk.