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Biomass Connect Webinar No. 4

March 23, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Webinar 4


March 23, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Regs – How to play by the rules when planting and using biomass crops

Before you plant perennial crops or use the biomass in a combustion system you need to get your head around the legal nitty gritty. Whether it’s environmental screening, sustainability criteria, emissions thresholds or production quality protocols, there is quite a lot of red tape to navigate. Before embarking on a project, it’s essential to recognise what’s involved and understand the costs and timescales. This webinar will provide you with all the knowledge you need to stay on the right side of the regs.

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Alice Carfrae

Caroline Ayre – Evolving Forests

Caroline is a Chartered Forester with 26 years of forestry and wood supply chain experience. Caroline started her career supporting the southwest woodland supply chain and stimulating market demand for local wood products and woodfuel. Since then she has been the England Manager for the Confederation of Forest Industries with representational and director roles at the UK and national level.

She has specialised in forestry, timber and land use policy and tree health risk and management planning. Her focus remains working with businesses to grow the homegrown timber industry through supply chain innovation and resource resilience.

Gill Alker

Gill Alker – Amp Clean Energy

Gill has worked in Biomass and Bioenergy since 2000, after graduating with a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College.  Her early career was involved in wood fuel and energy crop supply and she helped set up and run a wood fuel trading company (TV Bioenergy) and an SRC producer group (TV Bioenergy Coppice) which jointly won an Ashton Award in 2005.  In 2012, she joined Anesco and helped to set up a number of wood fuel energy supply contracts (ESCos).  Providing free green heating systems in return for a monthly heat payment was pioneering at the time and she was involved in early stage contract development, design, planning permission, RHI applications, installation, operation and maintenance aspects. 

In 2014, Gill joined Forest Fuels Ltd which later became AMP Clean Energy.  Her main role has been to provide consultancy advice to their 2000+ fuel clients on many different aspects of biomass heating.  This includes advice about RHI applications, planning permission, environmental permitting, fuel quality etc.  This requires an in depth understanding of the various regulations and guidance and also involves contributing to the development of that regulation, by submitting consultation responses and attending government briefings.  More recently, she has been involved in helping to manage the c.200 biomass asset portfolio that are owned by AMP Clean Energy and is responsible for making sure that those systems are compliant with all the various compliance requirements.