Burning wood pellets produces up to 90% less Carbon Dioxide than traditional fossil fuels such as gas or oil. Burning just one tonne of wood pellets can replace approximately 400 litres of oil – saving up to 1,070kg of Carbon Dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
All of the wood pellets provided by Woodpellets2U are taken from responsibly managed forests and woodlands. This means that every time a tree is felled another is planted to replace it, creating a sustainable cycle. The Carbon Dioxide which is then emitted from the burning of the pellets is the same that is absorbed during the life cycle of the tree, further reducing the amount of Carbon Dioxide and pollutants released into the atmosphere.
Until recent years, timber and wood waste from industries and other sources has been sent to landfill sites. As the wood breaks down in the ground it generates emissions of methane gas, a potent Greenhouse Gas which is 25 times for harmful than Carbon Dioxide. As we now take this waste wood (2.5 million tonnes so far) and convert it into high performance, low pollution wood pellets we are further reducing the impact of Greenhouse Gases on the environment.
Modern biomass boilers are also very efficient, minimising wasted heat and pollutants from burning wood pellets. As with all solid fuel appliances, wood pellet boilers require a certain amount of manual intervention and care. However, in comparison to wood chip boilers a well maintained and properly fuelled (ENPlusA1 quality) wood pellet boiler will provide trouble free heating.
It is important to always follow the operating instructions of your boiler and essential to make sure that the fuel you use is from a recognised and certified source. It is possible to purchase fuel to a lower quality standard than ENPlusA1 but this fuel will generate less heat per kg of fuel and produce more ash per kg burned.
Finally, the physical nature of the pellets means that they are less polluting to the environment should any spillage occur. For instance, an oil spillage would mean a major clean up issue and potentially serious damage to the surrounding environment. However if wood pellets are spilled they can be quickly and cleanly gathered together and disposed of.