Fencing timber & garden product manufacturers, Fountain Timber, has turned a headache into heating by using its offcuts as fuel for two new, state-of-the-art Hargassner UK biomass boilers. As a responsible manufacturer, Fountain Timber has been accredited to ISO14001 for several years, however disposing of offcuts from its busy saw
Sweden - fossil fuel free by 2030!
By 2030, Sweden plans to become a fossil-free country and will be one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare nations. The benefits are clear in terms of creating a better environment, more attractive cities and new opportunities for jobs. One of the major questions being discussed at the upcoming COP21, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, is whether it is possible for nations to grow their economies whilst at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions, known as “decoupling”. Read more
Kristina Persson, Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Co-operation, also known as Sweden’s “Minister for the Future”, believes decoupling is not only possible, but a must for all countries to achieve.
Renewable Heat Incentive degression
Early October 2015 saw the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff for small commercial biomass (up to 200kW) drop by 5% to just 4.18p. To date, the small biomass tariff dropped 53%, from the initial November 2011 tariff of 8.80p/kWh to the most recent tariff of 4.18p/kWh.Read more
Silvio Spiess, Founder and CEO of Innasol, a leading biomass business in the UK, said of the degression: “The implementation of further degression for the small biomass system is disappointing. The Renewable Heat Incentive has been the government’s strategy to encourage adoption of green, affordable renewable heating technology, and it has proven effective. However, the continuing low oil and gas prices are proving a significant barrier to uptake of renewable heating technology. As a result, the renewable heating industry requires further governmental commitment to achieve its goal: to take the UK closer to our renewable energy targets.
The consistent degression of biomass technologies by the government clearly demonstrates that there is significant appetite in the UK for renewable heating. The tariff for small commercial biomass has decreased once again today entirely due to consumer popularity. UK home and business owners are calling for affordable, clean energy. The government must listen.””