The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has welcomed the recently formed Wood Heat Association (WHA) as an affiliate trade association.
Wood heat is the fastest growing source of low carbon heating for UK homes and businesses under the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.
Biomass accounts for 56 per cent of investment and over 90 per cent of energy generation under the scheme between 2010 and 2012. Over 700 companies across the UK are part of the wood heat supply chain.
Formed last year, the WHA will benefit from the REA’s back-office support and policy expertise.
WHA interim chairman and South East Wood Fuels managing director Julian Morgan-Jones said: “This is an exciting time for the wood heat industry. Wood heat is rapidly becoming one of the major players in UK renewables. As the industry grows, it is increasingly important to establish a clear identity and a strong voice to Government and stakeholders. The REA is already doing great work here so there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, which is why we are very happy to be working with them.
“Our number one focus is securing the future of the RHI beyond 2016. Beyond that, we are also working to professionalise the industry so it is well equipped to tackle the challenges ahead. An important first step is to raise awareness and standards across the wood heat supply chain: from boiler design, manufacture and installation to the safety, quality and sustainability of wood fuel. Together we’re seeking to encourage more joined up thinking between fuel suppliers and equipment installers.”