Sustainability is emerging as a key theme for speakers at this year’s National Wood Fuel Conference which will take place on Thursday 15 October at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey.
With new sustainability criteria for Renewable Heat Incentive grants coming into force on 5 October, speakers from the Forestry Commission and the Woodsure certification scheme, will be taking a topical look at the impact of these changes on the wood fuel sector.
The conference programme also highlights the breadth of the biomass industry, with speakers from the UK District Energy Association on district heating systems and Entrade, manufacturers of the recently launched world’s smallest biomass power plant. Chris Miles, Senior Advisor at the Renewable Energy Association will open the conference with a presentation on building a long-term policy strategy for biomass heating. New entrants to the sector will find case studies from new installations at Highfield School and Birtley House, of particular interest.
Support for sector growth will be outlined in a presentation by Forestry Commission Director South East and London, Alison Field, with a look at opportunities for funding via Local Enterprise Partnerships and other grant options as well as commercial investment. The conference will also be highlighting opportunities the wood fuel sector offers to landowners and the private forestry sector, with speakers from the CLA, Forestry Commission and Nicholson Nurseries.
Organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises in association with Grown in Britain and the CLA, the one-day conference is sponsored by LC Energy, Surrey County Council and the Forestry Commission. The venue is the Duchess’s Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse, with its purpose built conference facilities and free parking for delegates.
The conference will run from 8.00am – 4.30pm and features round table breakout sessions as well as speaker presentations. Delegates will also be able to benefit from an on-site exhibition featuring a range of suppliers to the wood fuel industry. The cost is £115 for the day which includes lunch.
Matthew Woodcock at the Forestry Commission in SEE said, “The woodfuel industry has come a long way in the last 10 years, yet the opportunities for further growth are huge. Woodfuel is an integrated industry where all elements in the ‘wood to heat’ supply chain must pull together for success. This year’s event provides an opportunity for the sector to share knowledge and explore how we can grasp the opportunities.”
For more information or to book a place at the conference or exhibition space, please visit our National Wood Fuel Conference pages.