The Enterprise M3 Wood Fuel Hub project will support the creation and expansion of a network of up to 20 wood fuel and timber processing hubs. These hubs will utilise timber from currently under managed woodlands in the Enterprise M3 area, and arboricultural and horticultural arisings which currently go to landfill. Products from the hubs will include biomass fuels (chip, logs) and timber for use in construction. Both offer opportunities for low carbon solutions for existing and future needs, providing alternatives to energy intensive products.
Investments will be made through a number of projects which will be identified and grant aid provided through a competitive delegated grant programme. Hubs will vary in size from small local units to fully integrated sites servicing regional markets.
The project will cover the entire Enterprise M3 area, however the focus of the support will be on locations which are off mains gas, close to significant clusters of under managed woodland and within proximity of new settlements (including Growth and Step-Up Towns) where district heating schemes represent low carbon options for developers.