Encouraging the growth of wood fuel - A review of Government policies, regulations and financial incentives (Version 2)

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The Climate Change Act 2008 set an extremely ambitious target of reducing UK carbon based emissions by 80% compared with 1990 levels by 2050. However, of more immediate concern is an interim target of a 34% reduction by 2020. Effectively this will require both an enormous reduction in heat and energy consumption from fossil fuels, as well as tremendous growth in renewable energy and a contribution from nuclear power.

To achieve this we will need every appropriate renewable energy solution to play its full part - and this includes wood fuel.

This Construction Briefing gives readers a review of the Government's policy related to the use of wood fuel, including a breakdown of the related regulations and the financial incentives.

This sheet also summarises the planning requirements and building codes and regulations which encourages renewable energy, of which wood fuel could contribute to.

Encouraging the growth of wood fuel is part of a suite of three on the subject of wood fuel. The other two titles in this series are: Wood as a biomass fuel: the main issues to consider and Wood waste as a biofuel


  • Government policies on renewable heat and energy generation
    • Climate Change Act 2008
    • Energy Act 2008
    • Renewable Energy Strategy
    • UK Biomass Strategy 2007
    • Forestry Commission Wood Fuel Strategy for England 2007
    • Forestry Commission Wood Fuel Implementation Plan 2011 - 2014
  • Incentives through planning requirements and guidance
    • The 'Merton' rule
    • Planning Policy Statement 1 (PPS1) Supplement
    • Planning Policy Statement 22 (PPS22) Renewable Energy
  • Incentives through building codes and regulations
    • Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH)
    • Building regulations and zero carbon policy
  • Altering the economics of renewable energy
    • Climate Change Levy
    • Renewables Obligation and ROCs
    • The Feed in Tariff (FIT)
    • The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
    • The CRC Energy Efficient Scheme

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