MCS launches new Biomass Maintenance Standard

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION scheme MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) has today published a new Standard for the maintenance of Biomass Boilers.

The publication comes following several months of industry engagement to design this new Standard to help improve the air quality of emissions from biomass boilers.

The Standard was commissioned following the Governments Clean Air Strategy 2018, Urban Biomass Consultation, and the findings of KIWA’s research into the ‘measurement of the in-situ performance of solid biomass boilers’.

The government intends to introduce a requirement for the owners of biomass boilers in receipt of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), to carry out annual preventative maintenance checks.

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, said: “This Standard has been designed by the industry for the industry. Appropriate Biomass boiler maintenance is crucial to help tackle the air quality effects and emissions. We’ve designed this new Standard to be easy to understand and comply with.

He added, “The efficient running of a biomass system, thanks to regular maintenance can reduce costs to the consumer and have a significant impact on reducing emissions.”

Bruce Allen, CEO of HETAS said, “We’re really pleased to see this standard published. It’s another step forward in working towards a safer and cleaner environment by minimising the impacts of what we burn and how we burn it. Proper maintenance of appliances is absolutely key to making sure they remain as efficient from installation and we need to make sure industry professionals are equipped to comply with this new standard.”

The government is thankful to MCS and HETAS and the biomass industry for their assistance in developing an industry standard for boiler maintenance checks.

HETAS are set to launch a registration scheme for competent servicing businesses on 1st August.

View the Standard here