Why wood fuel?
Signs and indicators of catastrophic climate change are increasingly evident and scientists are agreed that increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are a major contributing factor. Human actions have led to global warming. Equally, we can reverse the trend by using energy more responsibly and by developing renewable technologies which reduce the amount of carbon dioxide which is put into the atmosphere. Action is required NOW if humanity hopes to have any chance at all of redressing this imbalance.
Energy generation from wood or biomass is one of a number of alternative energy sources that can significantly reduce the amount of harmful emissions that are released into the atmosphere.
Wood is a renewable fuel, and growing trees take up carbon dioxide as they grow, so burning wood is far more sustainable and overall contributes some 90% less CO2 emissions, than burning fossil fuels. Since heating consumes most of the energy used in buildings, the introduction of low carbon fuels for heating will reduce the contribution this has on climate change. Woodchip can also be a cheaper fuel than traditional fossil- based resources such as oil or LPG.
Click on the links to the side to find out how using wood and biomass fuels can make economic sense as well as benefiting the environment.
Global and National context - find out more about global and national steps being taken to reduce carbon emissions.
Economic advantages - as fossil fuel costs rise woodfuel is becoming a realistic alternative - How does the cost of woodfuel compare with other systems?
Environmental benefits - woodfuel is the renewable fuel which cuts down on carbon emissions and benefits the local environment