November 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011

Assessment of the suitability of introducing wood heat systems into Council building stock with the highest heat demand

East Ayrshire, Fife, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Lothian
Woodland Creation
CSGN Development Fund
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Lead Partners:
Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT)
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS)


The public sector in Scotland is being encouraged to meet carbon reduction targets and is under pressure to reduce costs on an ongoing basis.  Conversion of Council building stock to wood heat systems would reduce the consumption of fossil fuels for heating and over a demonstrable period of time, reduce the costs of heat supply.

Project background

The project was designed to complement the newly launched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The RHI is a UK Government targeted grant which incentivises the use of renewable heating systems. The Wood Heat Systems project allowed councils to be better prepared to take advantage of this opportunity.

How the project was delivered

An assessment of the Council building stock with the highest heat demand was conducted in order to assess their suitability for wood heat systems. This information was collated along with an appraisal of economic options and woodland resources within Council control.

Workshops were organised for participating Councils, allowing them to view operating boilers, learn more about the Renewable Heat Incentive and discuss the implementation of this project.

Project outcomes

Several Councils expressed an interest in the planting of wood fuel crops on derelict land. If implemented, these plans would lead to a reduction in vacant and derelict land and will stimulate jobs in the green economy.

Woodland planting and sustainable woodland management for wood fuel will support carbon capture. This, along with the change in fuel use, will have a major impact on the ability of Councils to achieve their carbon reduction targets.

CSGN Support and Learning

The Wood Heating System project was funded through the 2010 CSGN Development Fund in. It enables the public sector across the CSGN area to tackle the issues of carbon reduction and sustainability.

The project has facilitated collaboration between local authorities and encouraged the sharing of skills and experience. For example, selected Councils are looking at joint procurement options. This collaborative approach is now particularly important as local and a number of local authorities dealing with Scottish Procurement model contracts and the financial management of RHI support.

Funding Details:

Year Fund Value
2010 CSGN Development Fund 34,600


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