LC Energy Is First To Be Awarded GoodChips Accreditation
LC Energy, one of the UK’s pre-eminent wood fuel suppliers, has been awarded the GoodChips® international accreditation for the quality of wood chip fuel. LC Energy is the first company to be accredited in the GoodChips® scheme which itself is the first international quality certification for wood chips.
GoodChips® is the innovation of Bioenergy Europe and has been created for both customer and suppliers to encourage a fair and transparent market for wood chip, where certification ensures best practice, products and quality management.
Lucy Clark, Operations Director at LC Energy, said “The GoodChips® scheme will deliver credibility for both our company and the biomass industry. It provides a measurable, recognisable standard on an international scale, which in turn builds confidence as the biomass sector continues to grow across UK and Europe.”
Lucy goes on to say “Being able to evidence the quality of wood fuel against an international standard is of vital importance for continued growth and confidence in the bioenergy sector. An established international standard will help demonstrate to future biomass energy users the reliability, quality and sustainability of wood fuel as a viable alternative to fossil fuels.
Biomass is often the lowest carbon option available to rural homes and businesses and provides decarbonisation opportunities for off-grid applications such as hospitals, schools and heat networks. The recently released Bioenergy Strategy and Biomass Heat Works! campaign highlights the industry’s efforts on continuing to build the long-term solution for UK’s net zero goals. The GoodChips® scheme is a vital part of this effort to ensure the highest governance and standards throughout the tree-to-heat supply chain.”
Following the Government’s announcement to make the UK the first G7 nation to legislate for zero net emissions, the biomass industry is now more than ever, an essential part of decarbonising heat in the UK; it currently represents 6% of renewable heat and has become one of the UK’s fastest growing economies over the last decade with an estimated 46,000 jobs across the wood heating supply chain with the potential to lift this to over 100,000 by 2032.