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Sustainability & Quality

Sustainability

Sustainability & Quality of Land Energy Pellets

Sustainability

We take the sustainability of our wood pellets very seriously and have questioned every step of our process.

The raw material that comes into our plant only comes from either FSC or Forest Standard accredited forests in the UK or is co-product (waste) from sawmills in the form of sawdust or wood chip.

Using the FSC or Forest Standard system means that forest owners have to have a felling licence to cut down any trees. One of the requirements of the licence is that for every tree that is felled, another must be planted in its place, typically within 12 months.

The logs we use are those that are rejected by the sawmill sector, either due to the size or shape of the timber. This means logs that are typically too skinny, large or bent to fit in their process and risk jamming their machines.

Thirty years ago, much of this rejected material would have been taken up by the paper industry. However, as this has declined in the UK, biomass production has stepped in and utilised it.

Where possible, we make use of our coastal location to receive deliveries by ship, helping to reduce road travel and emissions.

Production Energy

Our pellet plant in Girvan is powered entirely by our biomass CHP plant that is fuelled by mixed sources of waste woodchip. This strategic investment decouples us from the pricing of conventional fuels and enables us to control our own energy and production costs.

It also ensures that virtually no fossil fuels are used in our production process and that our pellets have an ultra-low carbon footprint.

If you would like to know more about our approach to sustainability and quality contact us

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Quality

The ENPlus Certificate is a European-wide quality standard for wood pellets. This standard guarantees that the pellet meets certain minimum performance parameters such as calorific value (CV) and ash content. For more informationĀ on ENPlus, please visit the UK Pellet Council web siteĀ here.

The CV is the amount of energy a tonne of pellets contains and is measured by a controlled laboratory test. The ENPlusA1 standard demands at least 4,600 KWh per tonne.

Our confidence in Woodlets enables us to guarantee a minimum of 4,800 KWh of heat per tonne. We can deliver this because of our strict in-house quality programme where the CV of Woodlets is tested regularly and verified by an independent laboratory.

The quantity of ash is also set by ENPlus A1 at < 0.7% allowable ash per Kg of pellets burnt. Woodlets have an average ash content of < 0.2%, therefore generating an industry wide low of 10kg of ash for every 5 tonnes burnt. Pellet samples are tested to ensure we maintain this standard.

When considering other makes of pellets, put them to the test and ask the suppliers for their CV and ash content.

Check our results from an independent laboratory on our News Page.

When you receive your wood pellets, look out for:

  • Minimal dust
  • No small pellet fragments
  • Uniform pellet length (none should be longer than 40mm)
  • Consistent colour
  • No contaminates
  • No clumps of pellets

When your wood pellets arrive, they should have a fresh woody smell, if it smells odd it may not be made from virgin feedstock.

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