Highlands & Islands

Concerns over Highland wood fuel supplies

Wood pile
Image caption A campaign launched in May to encourage greater use of wood as fuel

Concerns have been raised about the security of supplies of wood for biomass heating projects.

Wood fuel is being promoted as a renewable energy resource.

Highland Council's climate change working group backs biomass but has asked questions about measures to ensure supplies of timber.

The issue is to be discussed at a meeting of the local authority's land, environment and sustainability strategy group next week.

Amanda Calvert, of Highland Birchwoods, will give a presentation on the growth of the wood fuel sector and its impact on the Highlands.

Highland Birchwoods was formed in 1992 as a partnership of Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Highland Council and Highland and Islands Enterprise to promote best practice in the management of woodlands and forests.

In May, a campaign was launched to persuade more Scottish homes and businesses to burn wood for heating.

It is being led by Usewoodfuel Scotland, an EU-funded partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise and Forest Research.

The campaign aims to increase awareness of the benefits of wood fuel as a source of heat.

Usewoodfuel said it would stimulate demand for renewable timber resources.

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