Decision details

Towards A Biomass Strategy For Oxfordshire

Decision Maker: Oxfordshire Local Environment Partnership

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Dr Keith Richards from Thames Valley Energy gave a presentation on the use of woodfuel and biofuel, the supply and demand in Oxfordshire, and the development of a strategy to make better use of the supply, and answered questions.


In summary, the supply of woodfuel, especially chippings, is plentiful and the supply chain good but the demand within the county is less than the supply. While there are large-scale projects to use wood to generate electricity which could utilise some of the supply, local small scale heat or heat and power schemes would make best use of the supply, economically and environmentally. Pelleted wood was easier to store and manage for heating systems than chippings, but chippings were easier and cheaper to manufacture and could be used in many locations.


The partnership agreed that:

·          each council should consider the opportunities for using chipped woodfuel in their own estate.

·          each council should work on encouraging residents and businesses to use local supplies; encourage suppliers to meet the ‘Oxlogs’ standard, and encourage more planting of trees for woodfuel.

Publication date: 04/12/2013

Date of decision: 01/11/2013

Decided at meeting: 01/11/2013 - Oxfordshire Local Environment Partnership

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