The Wood Recyclers’ Association (WRA) has appointed James Verlaque as Technical Adviser to support the WRA’s technical work.

Initially, James’ role will involve developing a waste wood biomass advocacy strategy, drawing up consultation responses and supporting the WRA’s work on net zero.

James has many years’ experience carrying out research, analysis and consultancy for the energy and fuel industry, starting his career as a graduate trainee at the Coal Research Establishment (CRE) of British Coal.  He has since worked across the board, from analytical and test laboratories to advising on strategic energy policy.

He is currently Technical Manager for the Stove Industry Association (SIA), the trade body for the UK stove industry, where he oversees all technical matters and functions.

Julia Turner, Executive Director of the WRA, said: “We are delighted to welcome James to the team, where he will be working closely alongside the WRA executive, the board and our members to drive forward the WRA’s technical work. James brings with him a wealth of experience which will be invaluable to our work in areas such as power bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), net zero and MP engagement.”

James said: “I am very pleased and excited to join the WRA team. I believe that bioenergy and sustainability are key to our net zero aspirations and the wood recycling industry is a vital component in the drive to maximise bioenergy’s contribution to net zero.

“In other roles I have influenced assumptions regarding particulate matter source apportionment and air quality and I also look forward to bringing this experience to the WRA.”

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