Around the Industry
We know you will all be busy with the heating season in full swing so here is our regular roundup of everything going on around the industry.
Hunter Stoves joining Woodland Trust
As part of their ongoing commitment to preserving the natural environment, Hunter Stoves has announced that they have joined the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, as a Rowan member for 2017/18.
The Woodland Trust work tirelessly to protect, restore and create woodland across the UK. Their vision is clear – a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. Together with the help of over 500,000 members, they campaign to save threatened woodland, fight to breathe new life into ancient woods, and aim to enrich local landscapes by planting thousands of hectares of new woodland.
It’s great to see organisations like Hunter Stoves demonstrating their commitment to our natural environment. Read the full article on the hunter Stoves website.
On 6 November 2017, on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People was launched by The Woodland Trust at Lincoln Castle – home to one of the two remaining 1217 Charters of the Forest. It now rests in the Lincolnshire Archives.
During 2017 The Woodland Trust reached out to all sections of UK society to define this new charter, and to build a people-powered movement for trees. More than 70 organisations and 300 local community groups answered the call and helped to collect over 60,000 tree stories from people across the UK, demonstrating the important role that trees play in their lives. These stories were read and shared, and helped to define the 10 Principles of the Tree Charter, ensuring that it stands for every tree and every person in the UK.
BEIS SAP Survey
BEIS has published a response to their consultation on proposed changes to Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP). You can view the response in the following link.
Ready to Burn Update
The Ready to Burn initiative is gathering momentum and putting Woodsure and its members at the front end in driving woodfuel standards and contributing to improved air quality. The number of suppliers signing up is increasing and the scheme has even received press coverage in the United States, courtesy of Biomass Magazine and across Europe.
Following the recent announcement from the Mayor of London’s Office the team at Woodsure was keen to meet with the air quality team to discuss how the Ready to Burn initiative could be part of the solution. Discussions are ongoing at this stage and we are finding ways that we can work with them to promote quality firewood to those legally burning wood in London.
Following communications from Defra, Woodsure is pleased to see Local Authorities starting to promote the importance of fuel quality. The team has received calls from consumers on the Isle of Wight looking for Ready to Burn suppliers following a mailshot by the council. Havant Council and Dudley Environmental Health have also been promoting the initiative. We continue to work with Defra to engage a variety of stakeholders to promote Ready to Burn.
Our design team has been busy working on Point of Sale materials to help further promote the Ready to Burn initiative; and Defra will be contacting major retailers to encourage them to sell Ready to Burn wood rather than wet logs.
Some of you have enquired about use of the Defra logo and the Ministers video message about Ready to Burn fuel. We have permission for you to link to the video but not to host it on your sites. https://www.readytoburn.org.
Finally, here is a sample of the recent press coverage relating to Ready to Burn, please feel free to share these articles on your websites and social media channels. Remember to tag Woodsure in your posts and use the hashtag #ReadytoBurn.
If you have an article feature in press or online, let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on becoming a Ready to Burn supplier click here.
Renewable Heat Incentive Update
In March 2016, the Government published a consultation on changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. After taking account of the feedback it received, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its consultation response on 14 December 2016. You can read the consultation response, The Renewable Heat Incentive: A Reformed Scheme in full on the BEIS website. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the changes to the scheme Regulations that were announced in the consultation response are planned to be introduced in two stages.
The first stage of proposed changes to the Domestic Scheme came into effect on 20 September 2017.
These changes include: tariff uplifts for air source heat pumps (ASHP), ground source heat pumps (GSHP), and biomass plants; and the introduction of annual heat demand limits for ASHPs, GSHPs, and biomass plants. The amendments will also extend the scheme’s budget management mechanisms until July 2018.
Subject to Parliamentary approval, the second stage of regulation amendments are planned to follow later in 2017/2018 – these will extend the RHI’s budget management mechanism until the end of 2020/21 as well as introduce the rest of the RHI reform package that was announced in December 2016.
You can view a handy summary of the changes on the Ofgem website.
Win a Christmas Hamper
Schiedel and Specflue are giving installers the opportunity to win a fantastic Christmas hamper that will certainly get the festive season started. To be in with a chance of winning head over to the Schiedel and Specflue Facebook pages and find the ‘Christmas Hamper’ promotion!