Heat in all its forms presently accounts for nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions. The UK has a legal requirement to reduce carbon emissions by at least 26% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (against 1990 baseline) under the Climate Change Act. Meeting these targets will require a major shift away from fossil fuel heating systems to lower carbon forms of heating. Information about biomass energy and sources is improving all the time.
Of all possible renewable heating solutions, biomass has the potential to deliver some of the most significant and cost-effective carbon savings. In addition to carbon savings, biomass heating also offers significant benefits for users, including operational fuel cost and price volatility.
£950 one payments are currently available for domestic installations and commercial installations can now benefit from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive which pays businesses for the amount of renewable heat they produce over a 20 yr period with separate lo interest funding available to meet the capital cost through the Scottish Governments Small Business Loan Scheme”.
The Small Business Loan Scheme is a Scottish Government funded scheme where eligible SMEs can borrow up to £100,000 over eight years at a fixed rate of 5% interest. More information is also available in the Small Business Loan brochure.
The Government intend to introduce a Renewable Heat Incentive scheme for domestic homes in 2013 and have published a consultation on the proposed scheme which can be downloaded here.