In Autumn 2014, new biomass sustainability criteria for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be introduced to ensure that installations using biomass fuels meet the governments wider environmental objectives. The new criteria will affect both domestic and non-domestic RHI participants, as well as the producers and traders of biomass fuels.
What does this mean for claimants of the domestic RHI?
From Autumn 2014, all consumers using biomass must comply with new sustainability criteria including a new greenhouse gas target; and criteria about the land on which biomass is grown.
Consumers will also be required to buy their fuel from a trader registered on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL), or register on the BSL as a self supplier if using fuel sourced from their own estate, or locally sourced waste wood.
All consumers will be required to confirm that they are using an approved fuel as part of their annual declaration to Ofgem, and a proportion of RHI claims will be audited to ensure that sustainability criteria are being adhered to.
What does this mean for claimants of the non-domestic RHI?
Non-domestic claimants must meet similar criteria to domestic consumers, the first being sustainability criteria, where biomass fuel must meet land criteria, and must meet a lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target of 34.8g CO2 equivalent per MJ of heat, or 60% GHG savings against The EU Fossil Fuel average.
Consumers must also source fuel from a trader registered on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) or self report to Ofgem on the sustainability of their fuel, and must make a quarterly declaration to Ofgem that these criteria have been met.
CPL Renewables first posted about the Biomass Approved Suppliers List in February 2014, and will provide updates as the scheme progresses.