The UK Forestry Commission is predicting that the increased use of wood-fuelled boilers could boost the industry.
According to the commission, there has been a growth of businesses and consumers opting to install eco-friendly biomass boilers to reduce fuel bills and lower emissions.
In particular, the Forestry Commission highlighted the recent decision of Bradford council to use biomass fuel at its City Hall and Ilkley Town Hall as part of commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 20% in 2010-2011.
Bradford council owns over 870 hectares of woodland and is planning a woodchip processing plant to help it meet its own energy needs.
Rudie Humphrey, wood-fuel officer at the Forestry Commission, explained plans to introduce new renewable heat incentive scheme could also play an important role in boosting demand for woodchips.
He said: “The move is part of a push to reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels and encourage greener low carbon technology.”