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15 January 2014


The Wood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA) scheme is part of the Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) and is aimed at improving the quality of wood fuel being placed on the market in Ireland.  WFQA was founded in response to concerns that the quality of wood fuel was causing problems for users. 

Wood fuel is a victim of its own success.  Seen as a sustainable fuel produced within Ireland many commercial and domestic users converted their heating systems from fossil fuel.  The main fuels are pellet, wood chip, briquette and log.  Each has its own market and quality issues.   One of the main concerns is the provenance of the wood;  many County Councils applied the precautionary approach to the residual ash and insisted that it be landfilled as hazardous  waste whereas it could be recycled as a soil conditioner or as an industrial flux.

The EU Timber Regulations – 995/2010 (often referenced as the “Illegal Timer Regulations”) came into force on 3rd March 2013 and the WFQA is fully aligned with the new regulations as it requires that the provenance of wood be supported by felling permits or similar documents.  The WFQA scheme is embodied by National Workshop Agreement 4 (NWA 4:2009) published by NSAI who had the initial contract to supply certification.

Progressive Certification is now appointed as the certification agency responsible for the WFQA scheme and will be carrying out the site inspections and sampling.  Progressive Certification will provide reports based on laboratory analysis from Waterford Institute of Technology.

With the current state of the economy, it is even more important that customers do not waste their money on wood fuel which will give poor heat output and/or maintenance issues.  One of the simple problems is that some kinds of wood could have high moisture content;  some may have up to 50% moisture content that, for example, means that when one buys 10kg of fuel, you are also buying 5 litres of water.  That’s a lot of water to be boiled off before realising the heat from the fuel.  Kiln dried wood fuel can have a moisture content as low as 20% so that customers can enjoy the heat they expect.  Other issues include fuel size as augers and other fuel handling devices can become choked by fuel not meeting manufacturer’s specifications.

The WFQA logo on the fuel means that one knows what one is buying.   Progressive Certification are delighted to be working with WFQA to help achieve a dependable wood fuel supply chain.