Small Scale Biomass Heating

The carbon dioxide emitted when wood is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the months and years that the plant was growing. The process is sustainable as long as new plants continue to grow in place of those used for fuel. There are some carbon emissions caused by the cultivation, manufacture and transportation of the fuel, but as long as the fuel is sourced locally, these are much lower than the emissions from fossil fuels. 

The Energy Saving Trust and Centre for Sustainable Energy have lots of information regarding Biomass Heating.

Case study: Smithies Lane Depot in Barnsley

In 2004, Barnsley Metropolitan Council made a commitment to consider biomass heating systems for all new and refurbished buildings. Read more on Local.Gov.

A biomass boiler

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