Cork Farm Woodfuels

Why use woodfuel?

Wood fuel is a clean, low carbon renewable energy source.

Replacing fossil fuels with woodfuels reduces your carbon footprint

Woodfuel is carbon lean. Burning wood does release carbon dioxide, but this is balanced by the carbon dioxide absorbed by the original trees and in the growth of new ones. The biggest savings of carbon dioxide occur when wood replaces carbon-intensive, fossil fuels such as oil and gas, and where local production meets local needs so that transport distances are minimised.

Wildlife benefits from improved woodland management

Woodfuel production helps bringing woodland back into management and this has a positive impact on wildlife. Opening up space (whether by coppicing or thinning) allows sunlight in, which enables a wider range of plants, insects and animals to live in the woodland. See our woodland management page for more details.

Local "green" jobs are created

Over recent decades there has been a huge decline in land-based employment. Jobs in rural areas can be hard to find, and harvesting and processing woodfuel provides opportunities for small and micro-businesses. Using woodfuel as renewable heating will therefore contribute towards creating "green" jobs. The active management of woodlands provides opportunities for diversification of farming and other rural businesses.

Forest management is encouraged

Woodfuel gives farmers and landowners an incentive to manage their woodlands. Woodfuel can use poorer quality and smaller diameter trees and the income from these gives land owners an incentive to begin or continue to manage their woodlands. Appropriate management will improve the overall quality of the remaining trees so that in the longer term the woods will also be more likely to produce high quality products such as construction timber - that could replace carbon intensive and less sustainable building materials.

Secure supplies of locally-produced fuel

By buying a locally produced and sustainably managed product, woodfuel users can protect themselves from the risks associated with declining fossil fuel reserves and geopolitical instabilities. They are also shielded to a certain extent from the fluctuations of the international oil and gas markets.