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This guidance supports the Timber Standard in interpretting how to comply with the Sustainable Forest Management Criteria under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), Renewables Obligation (RO) and Contracts for Difference schemes.
Heat and electricity generators under the RO, RHI and CfD schemes are required to meet the land and sustainable forest management criteria for wood, as set out in the Timber Standard for Heat and Electricity. The requirement for evidence can be met either through the use of wood that is suitably certified (known as ‘Category A’ evidence) or through the use of bespoke evidence (known as ‘Category B’ evidence).
We have prepared three guidance documents to advise how these sustainability requirements can be met:
- The Woodfuel Advice Note provides an overview of the Timber Standard and where to find further information.
- The Mass Balance document sets out how suppliers may operate a mass balance system which complies with the sustainability requirements.
- The Checklist for Regional Supply Base Evaluation suggests the kinds of bespoke evidence that would be acceptable in meeting sustainability requirements.
We would be pleased if stakeholders would feedback constructive technical comments and recommendations on these documents to email@example.com. In particular we are keen to understand if these case studies helpfully reflect your experiences of the supply chain.
We will be receiving feedback on these guidance documents for a three week period, 9 September 2014 to 26 September 2014. We anticipate publishing final guidance in October.
Please note that we are in the process of aligning these guidance documents with the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) requirements.