The BSL is a list of woodfuel that has proven it meets the eligibility requirements for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. It allows RHI participants to demonstrate to Ofgem that the fuel they are using in their biomass boilers meets the sustainability criteria needed to claim their RHI payments.
From 1 July, contact details for suppliers will change. The new contract also brings extended helpline hours, with representatives now available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
To be authorised to join the BSL, suppliers must be able to evidence that the fuel has been produced legally and sustainably. That includes demonstrating that the greenhouse gas emissions generated from the cultivation, processing and transport of their biomass fuel are at least 60% lower than the EU fossil fuel average for heat. Suppliers also need to confirm that the wood has been legally felled and that the woodland has been sustainably managed.
While BSL authorisation doesn’t currently guarantee the quality of fuel, Woodsure does make voluntary provision via a fuel quality certification schemes which is used by many BSL suppliers. As of April 2022, Woodsure will be introducing the fuel quality policy element and working closely with the advisory panel to deliver it.
Both Woodsure and HETAS have been working with BEIS and Gemserv as technical partners for the BSL since 2014, so they understand the scheme and are able to facilitate a smooth transition.
Helen Bentley-Fox, Director at Woodsure, added: