Galloway businesses invited to woodfuel meeting

Businesses across Dumfries and Galloway are being invited to a Dumfries and Galloway Woodfuel Forum meeting on 21 October to find out how to cut heating costs and make their business more profitable and sustainable by switching to renewable woodfuel heating.

The meeting, which will be held at Creebridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart, aims to promote the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidy - a guaranteed, index linked payment over 20 years for the production of renewable heat - and to show businesses how they can make the switch to woodfuel heating.

Cameron Maxwell, Forestry Commission Scotland’s Head of Business Development, said: “With heating costs sucking away budgets, many businesses have already turned to woodfuel as an alternative, more sustainable solution to providing low carbon heat.

“Wood fuel provides opportunities to bring undermanaged woods back into management with the aim of producing renewable heat from the local forest resource, which also opens up supply opportunities.

“Businesses in both the private and public sector are set to profit from both the production and use of renewable heat generated from woodland.

“The savings can be quite substantial over the life of the RHI subsidy so I would urge businesses to find out more by attending the seminar.”

Those attending the event will have the opportunity to both see an existing system in action and talk to existing suppliers of woodfuel boilers and woodfuel in the area.

The free event is being organised by Rural Development Initiatives on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Woodfuel Forum, in association with the South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project and SAC Consulting.

For further information and to book please go to www.usewoodfuel.co.uk and click on News, Events and Woodfuel Forums, alternatively contact virginia.harden@ruraldevelopment.org.uk (07919 263 190)