The NFU is pleased to hear that the Sustainable Fuel Register (SFR) for non-wood biomass fuels has received Government approval "as an authorised list of approved fuels" from the Secretary of State, Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. The industry-led reporting scheme for agricultural straw, miscanthus, biomass residues and waste-derived fuels will now be rolled out to all prospective users who had registered their interest.
The SFR fills a gap in the market, enabling more farmers and landowners to use their own home-grown biomass fuel, since the current Biomass Suppliers List applies mostly to wood chip and wood pellet fuels (plus short rotation coppice and arboricultural thinnings).
Since the 2015 introduction of fuel sustainability reporting, the NFU has strongly supported FEC Energy and Crops for Energy as having the right competencies to administer a more comprehensive Sustainable Fuel Register.
Farmers and growers supplying or using non-wood fuels are recommended to submit their details now. SFR developers Jon Swain and Kevin Lindegaard will be speaking at the Wood Heat Association conference in Edinburgh on 28th November, and will run a ‘webinar’ guide to the SFR system in the New Year.