Powering a smarter energy future: making a difference for the environment
Here at AMP, we go above and beyond to source a low carbon energy source that not only benefits the environment but also uplifts the community around us.
Biomass doesn’t just generate heat sustainably; it actively absorbs carbon from the atmosphere, helping to combat climate change. And when it comes to consumption, we carefully balance it with the growth of new biomass feedstock to ensure that only the smallest amount of fossil fuels are used in production and transportation.
Our biomass fuel…
Surpassing the measures: leading the way in emission reductions
We’re not content with just meeting emissions targets – we surpass them. We meticulously measure the embedded carbon emissions in every stage of our biomass fuel’s lifecycle – from growth and harvesting to processing and transportation. The result? Our carbon emissions from AMP’s biomass fuel system fall well below the renewable heat incentive threshold of 34.8g CO2 per megajoule of generated heat.
Sustainable sourcing: nurturing a greener future
Not only do our biomass fuels fall within the emissions threshold – the majority is sourced from forestry residues, timber production, and tree surgery which would otherwise go to waste.
We prioritise the use of thinnings, which are smaller diameter trees carefully harvested to promote the growth of healthier trees. All our feedstocks are certified as sustainably and legally produced, meeting the stringent standards set by the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) and Ofgem.
Balancing production and consumption:
By using biomass, we reduce our dependence on these fossil fuels that have remained buried for thousands of years.
To guarantee that using biomass does not contribute to carbon emissions globally, two conditions must be met: firstly, our annual consumption must not surpass our ability to regrow. And secondly, we must minimise the use of fossil fuels during the processing and transportation. If these conditions are met, biomass becomes a sustainable alternative.
Unlocking the wider benefits of biomass: growing opportunities for all
The benefits of our biomass and its production extend far beyond emissions reductions. The increased management of woodland areas for biomass generation not only creates new employment opportunities but also supports local businesses.
When we source our fuel locally, we enhance energy security, providing a more reliable energy supply compared to imported alternatives.
By ensuring responsible forest management, we promote increased carbon absorption and retention in forests. Biomass fuel plays a crucial role in supporting the forestry industry and encourages the use of sustainable wood products like furniture, doors, and window frames. Carefully managed forests create healthier habitats for wildlife by allowing more light into the forest floor and fostering greater diversity among tree stands.
It’s simple: well managed forests improve biodiversity and save carbon.