Presentation on theme: "Sustainability criteria for RHI David Norris, Business Development Policy Adviser Forestry Commission Scotland 11 November 14."— Presentation transcript:
Sustainability criteria for RHI David Norris, Business Development Policy Adviser Forestry Commission Scotland 11 November 14
2 Introduction DECC/SG will require that biomass used in RO or RHI meets sustainability standards Likely to come into force in Autumn 2015 Green House Gas Criteria Land criteria: based on sustainable forest management principles broadly aligns with existing UK/SG timber procurement policy But transition ….
4 Sustainability criteria Sustainability criteria for all scales of wood fuel sector from large power stations to small scale self-suppliers Also covers imported biomass Requirement to demonstrate legality and sustainability Legality is already required by EU TR Medium term goal to fully align Timber Standard with UK Government timber procurement policy.
5 Timber procurement policy UK Government timber procurement policy Category A – approved schemes – FSC, PEFC Category B – other equivalent evidence Timber Standard for Heat and Electricity Approved scheme Bespoke evidence incl. regional risk approach.
Approved Scheme Approved scheme evidence is met by: Demonstration that timber is FSC or PEFC Other certification schemes may follow… 03/05/2015 Footer text 6
7 Bespoke evidence Bespoke evidence is met by: FCS felling licence and FCS approved management plan or forest plan Purpose: to bring undermanaged woods back into management For both approaches must be evidence along the supply chain back to the forest.
9 70/30% Approach Approved schemes allow mixed source certification: At least 70% legal and sustainable Up to 30% legal, from a low risk country Bespoke evidence also follows this approach: At least 70% legal and sustainable (felling licence and management plan material) Up to 30% legal only (from a low risk country?) Mass Balance and the 70/30% rule.
03/05/2015 Footer text 10 70% 30% Fuel must be: -Legal -Sustainable Fuel must be: - Legal
03/05/2015 Footer text 11 70% Fuel must be: -Legal -Sustainable Approved Scheme: -FSC Certified or -PEFC Certified Bespoke Evidence: -Felling License and -Forest Plan Types Of Proof
03/05/2015 Footer text 12 70% 30% Material must be: -Legal -Sustainable Material must be: - Legal
03/05/2015 Footer text 13 30% Material must be: - Legal Felling License Types Of Proof
14 Other material Legal and sustainable: Arboricultural arisings Not sustainable: Windblown timber Diseased timber Sawmill co-products Timber removed for ecological reasons (e.g. habitat restoration).
15 Summary Introduction of biomass sustainability criteria means wood fuel suppliers have to join BSL If claiming RO/RHI, must use ≥70% legal and sustainable material with balance being legal Introduction of bespoke evidence to promote bringing undermanaged woods back into sustainable management Long term goal to align biomass sustainability criteria with UK Timber Procurement Policy.