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Wood fuel classification guidelines

28 July 2010

These Guidelines provide a common methodology for classifying, specifying and declaring the quality and properties of wood fuel in New Zealand. The Classification Guidelines have been produced as a voluntary industry standard and have been prepared to meet specific New Zealand requirements. The parameters set out are based on formal international standards that have been modified to meet New Zealand needs.

These Guidelines have been developed by the Bioenergy Association of New Zealand (BANZ) with the support of EECA Business. They draw on the collective technical experience of the members of the BANZ Wood Fuel and Wood Pellet Interest Group Committees. Benefits of using the Guidelines to classify wood fuel include:

  • Improving buyer confidence in wood fuel, through correct specification
  • Allowing sellers to obtain a fair price for higher specification wood fuels 
  • Allowing regional councils to manage air quality through education on and regulation of wood fuels
  • Provide fuel quality assurance to heat plant manufacturers and wood fuel users 
  • Promoting wood energy as a sustainable energy source.