ENplus® UK Wood Pellet Certification
ENplus® quality certification is a major step towards establishing wood pellets as a widely used energy source. The numerous National Standards and Certifications have been replaced by one uniform system based on the ISO 17225-2 standard for wood pellets.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.
ENplus® Handbook (August 2015 versions)
- Part 1: General
- Part 2: Certifcation Procedure
- Part 3: Pellet Quality Requirements
- Part 4: Sustainability
- Part 5: Scheme Organisation
- Part 6: Schedule of Fees
- UK: Storage Guidelines
For information on the transition from Version 2 to Version 3 of the ENplus® Handbook visit www.enplus-pellets.eu
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. HETAS can only accept applications from Producers or Traders based in the UK. Applicants not based in the UK should apply to their own National Pellet Council or directly to the European Pellet Council.
If you would like an application pack or to discuss the scheme requirements with HETAS please email us 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 Part 2 of the Handbook which details the various requirements that must be satisfied.
- Application form.
- 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.