The news the industry has long been waiting for has finally been delivered. Crops for Energy (C4E) and Farm Energy Centre (FEC) have joined forces to operate a new scheme called the Sustainable Fuel Register (SFR). This exciting scheme will now allow the tens of thousands of tonnes of previously unavailable biomass to be used in Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) accredited projects.
The long-standing Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) allows users of wood fuels to easily comply with the RHI. However, there has not been a scheme available for users of non-woody fuels where compliance with the RHI can only be demonstrated by self-reporting which is not only expensive, but also time consuming.
According to a statement released by SFR, Kevin Lindegaard of C4E had this to say about the scheme: “We have created a simple and affordable scheme for users based on financing through user subscriptions scaled to take into account quantity of fuel produced, traded or consumed.”
Fuels covered by the list include miscanthus grass, straw, grass, bracken and food wastes (such as used coffee grounds). In order to help to reduce the amount of straw, and other residues, either being exported for a low price or discarded, SFR will now provide additional routes to market for these products.
In the same statement a DECC spokesperson said: “The SFR will minimise the administrative burden on both RHI participants and fuel suppliers. This industry-led approach demonstrates the maturing market for biomass fuel and will play an important role in ensuring the continuing success of the RHI scheme.”
According to Jonathan Scurlock, of the National Farmers Union (NFU): “The NFU believes firmly that all solid biomass fuels, whether from woodland or agricultural land, should be treated on a level playing field in order to maximise the opportunities for British farmers and landowners. Since last year’s introduction of fuel sustainability reporting, we have strongly supported FEC and C4E as having the right competencies to operate a more comprehensive Sustainable Fuel Register.”
SFR will officially be launched on February 10th at the Energy Now event in Telford International Centre.