Why does FSC® Chain of Custody matter?

Why does FSC® Chain of Custody matter?

Billington Bioenergy is proud to hold FSC® Chain of Custody for bagged wood pellets, but what does it mean and why does it matter?

When you’re looking for low-carbon compressed wood pellets for heating, you want to know that they’ve come from responsibly managed forests.

FSC certified pellets is one way of making sure.

Billington Bioenergy* is Chain of Custody certified, and sells all its bagged wood pellets with an FSC claim which means that the pellets conform to FSC standards from the forest to your fuel store. It covers every stage of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution.

When you buy compressed wood pellets for heating with a FSC claim, you can be sure that they have been sourced from forests that are responsibly managed and that meet FSC standards.

If you buy your bagged wood pellets from Billington Bioenergy, you enjoy the security of FSC certified pellets, plus the fact that we are on the BSL suppliers list and hold ENplus A1 certification.

So you can be sure your bagged wood pellets are 100% responsible, renewable and reliable, 100% of the time.

(* FSC® C130117)

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Why the RHI matters for small businesses

Why the RHI matters for small businesses

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows what small-business owners really think about the future of energy in the UK.

FSB recently asked its members what mattered most to them when it came to the future of energy in the UK.

While energy security and affordability are important to respondents, almost one in five said that reducing emissions was the most important aspect of energy policy from their point of view.

This shows how high awareness is among small-business owners of the need for low-carbon energy solutions like sustainable wood pellets. It’s also in line with our own experience here at Billington Bioenergy.

More than one in four respondents also said they believe that low-carbon energy will create more opportunities than threats for their businesses.

One pair of members in particular were very clear about the need for support for business-owners to invest in sustainable energy.

John and Ceilia Whitehead run an eco guest house in Snowdonia National Park. They have won many awards for their sustainable approach to tourism and have been keen to reduce their carbon footprint as much as they can. They explain that “for us, carbon reduction and sustainability are part of our philosophy, our way of life.”

But even the most dedicated supporters of heating from sustainable wood pellets need a helping hand sometimes. As John and Celia say: “Without the contribution of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), we wouldn’t have been able to justify the upfront investment costs. As well as reducing the overall cost burden, RHI also provided us with a secure investment model and reduced the pay-back time of the project, which made us a more attractive proposition for lenders when we looked for a finance package.”

The RHI helps to make wood pellet boilers more affordable by enabling owners like John and Celia to reclaim some of their initial costs every year.

The other advantage of wood pellets for heating is that the price tends to be very stable, and isn’t as volatile as that for heating oil tends to be. In fact, the current price for wood pellets is cheaper than heating oil*

This price stability can make biomass heating very attractive for businesses and homeowners, because it can enable them to plan their costs very accurately in the medium term.

You can read the full report from FSB here.

*Correct as of 12/01/2017
Wood Pellets: 3.75 pence per kWh
Heating Oil: 4.8 pence per kWh

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Four out of five people support an increase in bioenergy

Four out of five people support an increase in bioenergy

Four out of every five people in the UK support an increase in bioenergy use according to a recent independent survey carried out by YouGov.

As our name suggests, we’re pioneers in the field at Billington Bioenergy. In fact, we’ve been supplying sustainable compressed wood pellets to domestic and business customers across the UK for more than 10 years now. So we were absolutely delighted to hear the news.

Commissioned by the ETI (Energy Technology Institute), the survey asked more than 5,000 GB adults a series of questions about their attitudes towards bioenergy. The message is clear. No fewer than 74 per cent of respondents ‘would support producing bioenergy from biomass’ (just like our ENplus A1 wood pellets).

One of the most positive aspects of bioenergy from respondents’ point of view was the fact that it is ‘a renewable source of energy’. This proves that the message is getting through that biomass is sustainable. 

Our experience with our own customers underlines this – more and more of them are switching to wood pellets to heat their homes and businesses. So it’s little surprise to see that almost 60 per cent of the renewable energy produced in the UK comes from bioenergy.

Respondents were also clear that they feel that the Government has an important part to play in developing the bioenergy sector as a whole too. That’s something to which we at Billington Bioenergy would give a very warm welcome indeed.

You can find out more about the survey on the ETI website or in the video below.

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How can you be sure your wood pellets are sustainable?

How can you be sure your wood pellets are sustainable?

Sustainability is a key part of our business at Billington Bioenergy. We only source our ENplus wood pellets from responsible and accredited partners.

By working with accredited suppliers in the UK and elsewhere, we are always able to provide you with a reliable supply of wood pellets, which are fully compliant with the Biomass Supplier List (BSL) and keenly priced.

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How does the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Work?

How does the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Work?

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Government scheme that rewards people who use renewable energy to heat their buildings in England, Scotland and Wales.

It does so by paying them for the energy they produce as part of the UK’s effort to reduce carbon emissions from heating and to produce 12 per cent of its heat from renewable sources by 2020. 

What is the RHI?
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