Due Diligence on international applications

Non-UK Producers and Producer-Traders are accepted on the Biomass Suppliers List with supporting information that the fuel meets the requirements of the RHI and doesn’t exceed the emissions criteria of the RHI. This means that if too many emissions are released into the atmosphere through the production and transport of a fuel, then it cannot qualify for use on the Biomass Suppliers List or for the RHI.

However, there are other factors that are involved with Non-UK Producers. All Producers that are bringing timber or fuel into the UK must ensure that they comply with OPSS requirements and conduct the due diligence required.

The Preferred by Nature Sourcing Hub is a map-based database used to score the level of risk of obtaining wood from over sixty countries. This provides a Timber Risk Score which is based on the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) assessment of the risk of illegality. A score of less than 100 dictates a greater risk of timber illegality in the country.

With the higher risk scores of various countries, the Biomass Suppliers List will request further information as required. Raw materials and fuels being imported from a country with a timber risk score of less than 100 will only be able to submit Category A evidence for the product being sold – FSC, SBP, or PEFC certification. However, we may request further evidence and documentation to support this certification. This is because purchasing or selling certified material does not automatically mean that a fuel complies with UK Timber Regulations (UKTR), so suppliers must be able to provide sufficient and credible evidence of UKTR compliance with a due diligence system appropriate for their situation.

Please keep in mind that applications from Non-UK Producers and Producer-Traders may take longer to review. This is due to additional processes, cross-referencing against current issues, and due diligence that is required.

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