About

The Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) was introduced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), formerly the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), in April 2014.

It supports the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme by ensuring that RHI payments are only issued to biomass boilers using woodfuel that meets certain sustainability and legality requirements.

The tabs on the left hand side provide further information on the scheme and these eligibility requirements. Fuel quality is not specifically assessed as part of the BSL process, however information on dedicated fuel quality schemes can be found under the Fuel Quality tab.

The BSL is administered on behalf of BEIS by Gemserv, supported by our technical partners Woodsure and HETAS.

What is the BSL?

The Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) is a list of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) eligible woodfuels. Fuel types registered on the BSL include: logs; woodchip; wood pellets; and wood briquettes.

The aim of the BSL is to provide RHI participants with a simple way to demonstrate that their fuel complies with the RHI Sustainability Criteria for woodfuel.

The RHI Sustainability Criteria focuses on two elements: sustainability and legality.

To register their fuel on the BSL, biomass suppliers must demonstrate that their woodfuel is at least 60% less carbon intensive than the average EU fossil fuel equivalent and that it meets the UK Timber Standard for Heat and Electricity's definition of legal and sustainable woodfuel. More information on these requirements can be found under the Sustainability Criteria tab.

The BSL is NOT a mark of fuel quality. RHI participants wishing to source fuel that meets a certain quality should refer to dedicated fuel quality schemes such as Woodsure and ENplus. More information on these schemes can be found under the Fuel Quality tab.

Sustainability criteria

To claim Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments, participants must demonstrate that their fuel meets the RHI sustainability criteria of greenhouse gas emissions and land criteria.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Suppliers must demonstrate that the greenhouse gas emissions generated from the cultivation, processing and transport of their biomass fuel are at least 60% lower than the EU fossil fuel average for heat, when used in a boiler which achieves an average of 70% seasonal efficiency. The emissions limit is ≤34.8g CO2 per MJ. This figure is calculated using the life cycle assessment methodology set out in the European Commission's 2010 report

To calculate their greenhouse gas emissions, suppliers must use either the simple calculator within the BSL application process or the more comprehensive B2C2 calculator, which can be accessed via this link. Information provided during the application process will determine which calculator must be used.

Land criteria

Producers, Traders and Producer-Traders of virgin or virgin/waste blend woodfuel are also required to demonstrate compliance with the land criteria requirements. This confirms that the wood has been legally felled and that the woodland has been sustainably managed. Self-Suppliers and waste fuels (as per the BSL definition of waste) are exempt from Land Criteria.

Full details on the Land Criteria requirements can be found in our guidance document under the Documents and Guidance tab.

There are two categories of land criteria compliance:

Category A evidence

If you are able to demonstrate that 100% of your fuel is FSC or PEFC certified, then you fall under Category A.

  • FSC certificates must be held in your name or you must be a listed group member / site on the FSC database.
  • PEFC certificates must be held in your name or you must be listed as a participant in Group Certification FM on the PEFC database.

If your FSC or PEFC certificates do not cover 100% of your fuel, are for Controlled Wood and/or are not in your name, you fall under Category B.

Category B evidence

There are three ways of demonstrating compliance under Category B:

1. Felling licence and woodland management plan - this is for suppliers who have 100% of their fuel covered by both a felling licence and a UK Forestry Standard compliant woodland management plan. 100% of the raw materials being used must have been sourced from the UK.

2. Risk Based Regional Assessment (RBRA) - this is for suppliers sourcing 100% of their fuel from within the UK but who do not have a felling licence and woodland management plan for 100% of their fuel. An RBRA is a declaration of materials purchased within the UK for the previous calendar year. A UK RBRA template can be downloaded from the Documents and Guidance tab.

3. Bespoke Risk Based Regional Assessment (RBRA) - this is for suppliers who are sourcing some or all of their fuel from outside of the UK and cannot provide Category A evidence. Further information on this option can be found in our guidance document under the Documents and Guidance tab.

Fuel quality

The fuels listed on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) have been authorised because they meet the sustainability and legality requirements of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. BSL fuels are NOT assessed for fuel quality as this is not a core requirement of the RHI.

However, we appreciate that RHI participants may wish to buy fuel that meets certain fuel quality standards. To support this, biomass suppliers are able to inform the BSL if their fuel is registered with two recognised fuel quality schemes, Woodsure and ENplus. RHI participants are then able to use these as search options on the BSL's Find a Fuel page.

The Woodsure Certification scheme comprehensively checks woodfuel producers to ensure that they produce and supply woodfuel that meets the EN and Önorm standards for woodfuel quality. Woodsure Certification covers woodchip, wood pellets, wood briquettes, hog fuel ("shred"), and firewood. For more information on this scheme, please click here.

ENplus is an internationally recognised quality certification scheme covering the entire wood pellet supply chain. ENplus pellets meet, and in some cases exceed, the requirements of the ISO 17225-2 standard for pellets. There are three types of quality classes: ENplus A1, ENplus A2 and ENplus B. For more information on this scheme, please click here.

RHI participants

All domestic RHI participants with boilers under 1,000 kW, who are sourcing woody biomass and wish to claim money under the RHI scheme must use fuel that is authorised on the BSL.

Non-domestic RHI participants with boilers under 1,000 kW, which are sourcing woody biomass can choose to use the BSL scheme to claim their RHI payments, instead of self-reporting to Ofgem.

Searching for a local BSL supplier

If you want to find a local supplier of BSL authorised fuels, please click here.

For more information about using the BSL to claim RHI payments, please click here.

Claiming RHI payments

For Domestic RHI participants, it is mandatory to use a BSL number to claim your RHI payments from Ofgem. Non-domestic RHI participants can either use a BSL number or self-report directly to Ofgem. For further information on the domestic RHI scheme, please click here, and for the non-domestic RHI scheme, please click here.

To make the process of claiming your RHI payments smoother, when purchasing fuel from an authorised BSL supplier, please ensure that the following information is included on your invoice:

  • Name of your supplier
  • BSL Authorisation number
  • Quantity of fuel purchased (in tonnes/kg/m3/net heat/gross heat)
  • Moisture content (% on a wet basis) of the final product (this could alternatively be included in your contract with the supplier)
  • Fuel type
  • Date sold
  • Date delivered / collected
  • Delivery address
  • Your name

Please note that the BSL is a mark of fuel sustainability and legality only, it is not a mark of fuel quality.

For more information on fuel quality and dedicated fuel quality schemes, please go to the Fuel Quality tab on the left hand side.

Privacy policy

This privacy policy sets out how the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) Administrator uses and protects any information that you give the BSL Administrator when you use this website. The BSL Administrator is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. If we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

The BSL Administrator may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page regularly to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 10 October 2016.
 

1. What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • name and job title;
  • contact information including email address;
  • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests;  and/or
  • other information relevant to the BSL and customer satisfaction surveys.

2. What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our services towards our role as BSL Administrator.
  • We may periodically send emails about changes to documentation, products, services or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for industry research purposes.
  • We may contact you by email, phone or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.

3. Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent un-authorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

4. Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

5. Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes.
  • If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at bslhelpdesk@gemserv.com.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to:     
  
BSL Administrator
Gemserv
8 Fenchurch Place
London
EC3M 4AJ

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Cookie policy

What are cookies?

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How do we use cookies?

When you visit a page on our site, the following types of cookie may be generated:

  • Session cookies
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  • Compliance cookies

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We may use session cookies to recognise movements around our site. This helps us remember your selections and preferences and makes your overall experience faster and more user friendly. They do not contain any personal information and are automatically deleted when you close your browser.

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