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Woodfuel Demand and Usage in Scotland Report Published

Woodfuel Demand and Usage in Scotland Report Published

14 February 2019

The latest Woodfuel Demand and Usage in Scotland report has been published using data from the 2017 calendar year.

The report produced by Energy Saving Trust on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Government reviews the existing and potential woodfuel use and assesses the additional use of woodfuel for the next few years.

A summary of the main findings are below:

- At the end of 2017 there was estimated 7002 boilers using woodfuel in Scotland

- 2017 saw a 12% increase in woofuel usage

- In 2017, large boilers with a capacity of 1,000 kWth or more represented 0.46% of all boilers using woodfuel in Scotland

- The highest numbers of woodfuel boiler installations were found in rural local authority areas. Dumfries and Galloway, Highland, Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross and Scottish Borders accounted for 55% of all non-domestic installations and 52% of all domestic installations

- The majority of woodfuel used in Scotland is virgin fibre, sawmill coproducts and process residues and comproses 67% of the total woodfuel, a 2% increase from 2016 figures

- 3 additional large wood fuel boilers were included in the survey for 2017, with another 2 in the process of development.

- The continued degression of RHI tarriff payments has slowed the rate of new sub 200kW heat installations

- In 2017, woodfuel boilers in Scotland contributed 4,769,107 MWh to the Scottish Government's renewable heat targets

Download the full report here.