What did the WHA do for us?
The WHA is the UK trade association for the modern biomass heating industry. We bring together wood fuel suppliers, biomass boiler and stove installers and distributors, energy companies and developers. We are the largest wood and biomass heating trade association and we’re part of the REA.
We wanted to share with you our activities and why we think it is important for you to be a member.
Over the last year we have:
Responded to 9 Government consultations:
- BEIS Review of Evidence on long-term decarbonisation
- Design of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund
- Energy Efficient Scotland: The Future for Low Carbon Heat for Off Gas Buildings
- Consultation on VAT increase for energy saving materials (including biomass in domestic installations)
- Non-Domestic RHI closure
- Clean Heat Grant Scheme
- Environmental Land Management Scheme
- England Tree Strategy
- Combined Heat and Power Consultation
Successfully lobbied Government to achieve:
- Key worker status for biomass industry participants during the Covid-19 lockdown
- Avoided ban on RHI support for urban biomass plants
- Inclusion of biomass heat within Clean Heat Grant Scheme
- 6 month extension to the non-domestic RHI because of the pandemic
And we’ve also:
- Engaged with all the political parties ahead of the 2019 general election
- Had two meetings with Ministers, 16 with MPs and monthly updates with senior civil servants.
- Produced the Bioenergy Strategy and launched it in parliament and participated in the Biomass Heat Works campaign.
- Presented the findings of the Bioenergy Strategy at industry events including to the Committee on Climate Change,
- National Grid Future Energy Scenarios, Biomass Europe and European Pellet Conference.
- Regularly responded to negative press articles relating to biomass heat (6-8 press releases and many press engagements and comments)
- Run 3 members meetings and 3 webinars
- Distributed 24 e-newsletters with up to date announcements, policy information and biomass heat news
- Sent 575 industry related tweets including campaigns on member promotion and Covid-19 lockdown activities.