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Wood Fuel for Warmth

Classification:Energy, Climate Change
Document type:SDC Reports & Papers
Download:050626-SDC-Wood-Fuel-for-Warmth.pdf - 1938 KB
Summary:imageWood Fuel for Warmth, released in 2005 by SDC Scotland, examines the issues surrounding wood fuel for heat in Scotland. It demonstrates that wood-fuel heating could make a significant contribution to cutting carbon emissions – while providing much needed new rural jobs, and reducing fuel poverty.

The report finds that wood-fuel heating in households could cut emissions for heating and hot water by up to 96%. With a reasonable level of take-up, almost a quarter of CO2 emissions from Scotland’s domestic space and water heating could be cut."

The report recommends that action needs to be taken to:

• Formulate a clear and coherent renewable wood fuel heating strategy within a clear policy framework, which sets out targets for renewable heat uptake
• Investigate a Renewable Heat Obligation
• Investigate the concept of ‘clusters’ to introduce economies of scale into wood fuel supply, involving existing wood processors
• Increase capital grants under the Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI)
• Clarify the definition and application of VAT to wood fuel heating appliances and fuels
• Secure grant funding through the Community Energy Programme for community biomass schemes that local authorities can bid into
• Establish directly supported domestic and large scale demonstration projects to build confidence.

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