EECA and Standards New Zealand are consulting on best practice for biomass boilers.

EECA has commissioned Standards New Zealand to develop voluntary guideline (Publicly Available Specification) for biomass boilers as part of work to support the shift away from fossil fuels.

Strategy GM Dr Marcos Pelenur says regulators globally are struggling to keep pace with the speed of development in a range of technologies and voluntary guidelines are acknowledged as a technically robust way to reflect best practice in rapidly evolving technologies.

Dr Pelenur says the Specification is an effective way to provide best practice guidance to industry and consumers.

"There’s a real drive through the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace coal boilers and this Specification will give information about efficient, low-emissions alternatives."

Standards New Zealand National Manager, Carmen Mak, says they are pleased to be supporting EECA in their drive towards emerging technologies.

"The process we use to develop Publicly Available Specifications incorporates the right technical expertise, ensures buy-in from key stakeholders, and helps remove obstacles to successful innovation."

Other specifications under development include high temperature heat pumps and EV charging in commercial and residential settings. The Specification for biomass boilers will be open for public comment until 11 January 2021.

Read the Specification on biomass boilers(external link)