Waste Wood Incineration

It is possible to incinerate waste wood from wood offcuts, packaging waste, demolition waste, construction waste, shavings or even sawdust.

The benefit of burning waste wood generates energy for industrial processes, provides cost-saving, and financial incentives too.

Emissions Regulations
Why Choose a1-cbiss?

The burning of waste wood is increasing in popularity not only for its heat generating qualities but for cost-saving reasons too. Companies can also benefit from Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – A government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat.

Wood fuel can be supplied as mass-produced virgin timber biomass – wood chips or pellets.

The incineration of waste wood is subject to regulation under current environment agency regulations.

Waste Incineration Directive (WID)

The WID has now been integrated into the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) but the operational requirements are unchanged.

Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)

In relation to burning wood, the IED covers combustion plant >50MW and incineration of non-exempt waste wood >3T/hr. Both of these configurations require a Part A permit from the Environmental Agency (EA) and a complete MCERTS certified Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) is required.

If the plant is burning non-exempt waste wood at <3T/hr, then it is a Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIP), however, Chapter IV still applies and therefore you will need the same flue monitoring equipment and controls as a Waste Incineration Directive (WID) installation.


In summary, Grades of wood C & D are subject to the IED and therefore require a complete MCERTS certified CEM System. Grade B wood is only required to meet the requirements of IED if the thermal input of the boiler is >50MWth.

Most Small Waste Incineration Plants (SWIPs) require MCERTS certified Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) to continuously collect, record and report gas and dust emissions data.

When faced with installing or upgrading continuous emissions monitoring systems to meet stringent emissions directives, it can be daunting and challenging. That’s why hundreds of automated process installations across the UK choose a1-cbiss.


a1-cbiss are the UK’s leading CEM System provider offering unrivalled industry knowledge and the UK’s largest service network which ensures around the clock reliability and maximum performance.


At a1-cbiss, we combine superior industry-specific certified products with a consultative and supportive approach in helping clients with understanding their legislative demands, how to select the right gas analysers and solving onsite issues.

Our strengths lie with our engineering, project management and maintenance services capabilities.

We have installations on biomass plants, power stations and incineration plants. Given our level of experience, you can be confident that we’ll take care of the whole CEMS project.

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