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New RHI Wood Fuel Quality Standards

The Non-Domestic RHI scheme closed on 31st March 2021 for all new accreditations.

As part of the scheme closure, Ofgem have now published updated guidance on RHI obligations, including the introduction of new wood fuel quality standards.

New Wood Fuel Quality Standards

1. All wood pellets must meet the EN Plus A1 standard or an equivalent standard

2. All other woodfuel must meet the fuel quality standard EN 15234-1:2011, EN15234/ISO 9001: 2015, EN ISO 17225-4:2014 or equivalent standard

As part of the new fuel standards, all woodfuel must be certified by the Woodsure Certification Scheme or an equivalent certification scheme, as meeting the standard in points 1 or 2. The certification scheme must provide assurance of the supply chain of the woodfuel.

Waste wood is currently exempt from the new wood fuel quality standards, however from the outset operators need to ensure that they understand the composition of their materials.

If you are using waste wood as a fuel, there will be no new requirements to meet following the introduction of the new wood fuel quality standards in 2022. However, it is still important to ensure you’re already meeting RHI standards in terms of biogenic content and suitability of fuel for your appliance.

Alfred H Knight Energy Services is recognised as one of the main specialist laboratories for UKAS accredited wood based fuels testing, providing certification for biomass and waste wood in line with Ofgem’s requirement for compliant boiler fuel.

We offer a simple ongoing fuel testing service, so that suppliers of biomass fuel and owners and operators of biomass and waste wood boiler equipment can be certain they are meeting requirements.

For further information on how we can help you meet your ongoing obligations, visit our RHI page.