Wood fuel is helping a Yorkshire farmer not only cut his heating bills
PUBLISHED: 11:34 02 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:23 20 February 2013
Wood fuel is helping a Yorkshire farmer not only cut heating bills but supply a local business centre with cheap heating too. Esther Leach reports
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CO2Sense is the not-for-profit low-carbon company that helps organisations cut their costs and to improve their environmental performance.
It helps organisations find cost savings by developing low-carbon strategies, which give no-nonsense, clear direction to reduce energy and water use, to produce less waste and to use fewer raw materials.
Organisations are shown how to generate free energy and an income by developing renewable electricity and heating installations.CO2Sense help companies that sell environmental products to develop their business by finding new markets for their product and getting the right product accreditation to make sure customers can buy from them with confidence.
The company works with some of the UKs largest businesses to develop new ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by for example encouraging the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) network in Yorkshire.
CO2Sense is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward and funded by Yorkshire Forward and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)Organisations can apply for investment in using wood fuel from CO2Sense.
Those interested, or that would like to visit a wood fuel installation, should contact Emer Clarke on 0113 237 8445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more, visit co2sense.co.uk.
The print version of this article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life
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Farmer Gareth Gaunt expects to be about 28,000 better off every year because of a new biomass heating system.
He is using wood fuel collected on his farm, Carlshead Farm, near Wetherby, to run a boiler which will supply heat to not only two large farmhouses but also to the Carlshead Business Centre, through a district heating system.
The scheme will save 393 tonnes of CO2 each year, save 13,000 a year on fuel costs, and earn an estimated 15,000 annually from the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Wood fuel is carbon neutral, local, and reliable and can also earn payments under the RHI for those using it as an alternative to fossil fuels.
The installation on Carlshead Farm begins generating its own low carbon heat this month, once the new biomass system is operational, others will be able to see the new system in action.The new boiler means we are able to cut our bills and our carbon emissions,and, in the long term, are protected from rising fuel costs, said Mr Gaunt. Investment from CO2Sense has been essential to help this development go ahead, and we are excited to start producing heat from the new system this month.
An investment of 34,000 was made by CO2S, a not-for-profit low-carbon expert company, and Carlshead Farm will not make any repayments until the new heating system is generating an income and making savings. CO2Sense will then re-invest the repayments in other wood fuel systems to help more organisations cut their costs and carbonemissions.
Biomass technology is now proven and reliable, and there is plenty of locally sourced, good quality fuel available, so wood fuel is a good alternative for producing heat, said Emer Clarke, senior consultant at CO2Sense.
Despite the delays in introducing the RHI, this installation is still an important investment for the farm, and will give them significant savings in both costs and carbon. And the new installation also offers an invaluable opportunity for other businesses to see how wood fuel could work for them.