ENPlus Wood Pellet Certification
ENplus quality certification is a major step towards establishing wood pellets as a widely used energy source. For the first time, numerous National Standards and Certifications have been replaced by one uniform system based on the EN 14961-2 standard for wood pellets. The Certification scheme was adopted by the European Pellet Council in January 2011 and thus enjoys the support of large parts of the European pellet sector. A key advantage of ENplus is that pellet quality is managed throughout the entire supply chain from production, storage and transport all the way to the end consumer.
The quality requirements for pellet producers and pellet traders who wish to certify are laid down in the Handbook below. Producers and Traders are subjected to independent audits of their processes and samples of product are also tested to ensure compliance with the standards.
Click on the image above to download the ENPlus Handbook.
The ENplus scheme ensures that there is a chain of custody from the Producer through the Trader to the end user. Any bulk delivery of pellets (even ones produced by an ENplus Producer) cannot be called ENplus pellets if they are delivered by a non-registered Trader. Similarly only ENplus pellets bought from an ENplus Producer can be delivered by an ENplus Trader to an end user as ENplus pellets. Non ENplus pellets cannot be called ENplus just because they have been delivered by an ENplus Trader. The situation with bagged deliveries of ENplus pellets is different and the conditions outlined above do not apply.
HETAS is the Certification Body for ENPlus in the UK
HETAS is the Certification Body for ENplus in the UK and all applications from UK based pellet producers and traders must be made through us. The UK Pellet Council holds the Licensing rights for the scheme in the UK. Applications can also be accepted from Producers or Traders based in countries that do not have their own National Pellet Council, provided they are within Europe or are based in a country recognised by the European Pellet Council as participating in the scheme. An application pack for the scheme can be downloaded here. The application pack contains the following:
- A description of the Application Process as it applies to both pellet Producers and Traders
- A copy of the Handbook which details the various requirements that must be satisfied.
- Information on the derogations that pellet Traders may apply for with reference to the Handbook requirements for “on board weighing” and “active air extraction”.
- Application form and Trader declaration.
- Spreadsheet to record details of Trader storage facilities and delivery vehicles
- Charging structure.
If you have questions about the certification process, please contact ENplus@hetas.co.uk
The UK Pellet Council was set up following an industry meeting on 17th November 2011 and is hosted by the Renewable energy Association (REA). It aims to provide a single body to represent the best interests of all parties directly involved in the UK pellet trade from biomass of any source. The Council oversees UK implementation of the European Pellet Council’s ENplus scheme. For more information on the REA and the UK Pellet Council visit the REA website.
A complete listing of all certified Producers and Traders can be found on the EPC website: