The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have recently sent out the following guidance relating to the new Biomass Sustainability requirements. You may already be well aware of this information, but if not please read on.
The Biomass Sustainability requirements will be introduced to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme from Monday 5th October 2015. From this date, in order to continue receiving RHI payments, all non-domestic and domestic RHI participants using biomass will need to ensure their fuel complies with:
- Standards relating to maximum greenhouse gas emissions; and
- Requirements relating to how the fuel is grown to ensure the fuel is sustainable (land criteria).
How do I comply with these new requirements?
Further explanation of the requirements and how to comply is set out in the Ofgem’s factsheets at:
How do I register as a supplier of fuel on the BSL?
Guidance on how to apply plus Q&A on how to register as a supplier can be found at the BSL website.
The key dates leading up to the introduction of these requirements are:
|6th July 2015||Land Criteria becomes mandatory for all existing and new fuels listed on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL)||For more information please see the BSL website guidance.|
|13th July 2015||Ofgem’s draft non-domestic Biomass Sustainability guidance was published for consultation.||This will be the key go-to guide for RHI participants looking to meet the criteria.|
|5th September 2015||One month to go!|
|5th October 2015||Biomass Sustainability requirements come into force, as set out in the 2015 Renewable Heat Incentive and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Regulations.||Biomass used in the RHI Scheme will be required by law to meet the sustainability criteria from this date. RHI payments may be affected if the criteria are not met.|