With last year’s opening of the long-anticipated support scheme for renewable heat (SSRH), there is a renewed focus from commercial operators considering wood fuels as a source of heating. The SSRH provides a strong financial incentive to convert fossil fuel boilers to wood chip and wood pellet boilers.

The Wood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA) Scheme administered by the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) plays an important part in the certification of the fuel in compliance with the SSRH. With support from DAFM, the WFQA continues to grow its membership. WFQA members provide a valuable outlet for forestry and sawmill residues.