The Sustainable Fuel Register (SFR) is about to receive Secretary of State Approval and we are almost ready to accept online registrations!
Not only will the SFR allow previously unavailable biomass to be used in RHI biomass projects, but we believe that the increased traceability provided by the SFR system will help raise the bar and give assurance that accredited non-wood fuels, being used in RHI funded projects, are 100% sustainable. Our aim is to make this system as simple as possible for users, provide them with all the guidance and assistance to meet the obligations of the RHI scheme and ensure that accurate records are kept for auditing purposes.
Until the launch of the SFR, anyone wishing to claim Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) revenue and use non-wood fuels, such as miscanthus or straw, have had to self-report against the sustainability criteria. This was both an onerous and expensive exercise. In addition, there was no mechanism in place for traders of non-wood fuels to demonstrate the sustainability credentials of their products and therefore the RHI market has been frustratingly closed to these operators as well.
Our efforts have been welcomed by the industry, with particular interest shown by producers of pellets manufactured from both spent coffee grains and miscanthus grass, major straw producers and stable yard owners (who have copious quantities of straw and wood chip mixed with manure to deal with).
It’s been a long journey to get here, but we truly believe that the Sustainable Fuel Register will be a welcome addition to the fold and provide easy, affordable sustainability compliance.