Balcas Brites wood pellets are made from sawdust by-product of softwood sawmills. The timber (spruce or pine) is sourced from local, sustainably managed forests are are FSC®-approved at plants in Enniskillen (Northern Ireland) and Invergordon (Scotland). The plants are self-sufficient in producing power from biomass, and any surplus energy is sold back to the grid.
Balcas brites are BSL authorised, which means they are registered on the Biomass Suppliers List. This is a government introduced scheme to make sure biomass meets their carbon and environmental objectives. It allows participants of the RHI scheme to easily demonstrate to Ofgem that the fuel they are using meets the relevant sustainability criteria, and can thus claim their payments.
These pellets are also WFQA certified, which is a quality assurance certification available in Ireland. It ensuers they meet the EU Timber Regulation standards for sustainability. Balcas Brites were the first pellet manufacturers to be audited in the UK and Ireland, which lead to accreditation.