Why are we burying fuel in landfill? Of the 7.5m tonnes a year of domestic wood waste (construction and demolition), 80% goes to landfill. Only some 4% becomes sustainable energy from biomass. Production plants for wood pellets are at varying stages of the planning process already.
Here are a number of examples of wood power at work around the country:
- Stroud District Council is encouraging home-owners to invest in wood pellet boilers
- A group called "Wood For Gold" wants the 2012 Olympic stadium's torch to be powered by waste wood. As well, the ash waste created by burning the wood "will be reused to create terra preta soils, an ancient method, favoured by indigenous South Americans, of mixing ash with waste to create extremely fertile soils"
- Worcestershire County Hall is powered by a wood boiler, and Exeter City Council is replacing all of its oil-fuelled boilers with ones that use wood pellets.
For more information, you can check out the "Log Pile" website.