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Are you a woodfuel buyer or supplier, and are you looking for information on how to comply with the new upcoming government requirements on ‘legal and sustainable forest source’?

For government funded free advice and information on how to demonstrate evidence of a legal and sustainable forest source for upcoming ‘land criteria’ requirements for woodfuel please explore the CPET website, or contact the CPET helpline.


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Contact the helpline if you need advice now

Tel: 01305 236 100

Ofgem administers and monitors compliance for the
Renewables Obligation (RO) and Renewable Heat
Incentive (RHI) schemes.

CPET advice is for information only  

The UK’s renewable energy commitments - The UK is legally committed to meeting 15% of the UK’s energy demand from renewable sources by 2020. Achieving this will help the UK meet its energy security and carbon reduction objectives.

To increase and accelerate the use of renewable energy, including the use of woodfuel, the UK government has introduced several schemes including the:


Renewables Obligation (RO)

Provides incentives for large-scale renewable electricity generation by requiring UK suppliers to source a proportion of their electricity from eligible renewable sources

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) 

Pays commercial, industrial, public, not-for-profit and community generators of renewable heat
Under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Renewables Obligation (RO) woodfuel buyers and suppliers must comply with the new upcoming 'land criteria' which will specify that woodfuel must originate from legal and sustainable forest sources.

The new land criteria have not yet been published in law. These web pages have been developed to help organisations get ready for these new requirements.

Other sustainability requirements

OFGEM administers and monitors compliance for the RO and RHI schemes. Information on other sustainability requirements under the RO such as Greenhouse Gas (“GHG”) emission saving targets and the ‘land criteria’ applicable to other forms of biomass, can be found on the OFGEM website.


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