SBP publishes Work Instruction Documents

SBP has today published two Work Instruction Documents, which provide a step-by-step description of the Certification Body Approval Procedure and the Certificate Holder Approval Procedure.

In the interests of transparency, these documents illustrate the processes and the people that are involved in every approval decision made by SBP.

The documents can be viewed here:

SBP approves third Certification Body

SBP has today announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Canada has become the third ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body. PwC has provided evidence that it meets the SBP requirements regarding its existing accreditations and has demonstrated sufficient resource and competence to manage the SBP certification scheme under the SBP Framework.

The SBP Framework of standards and processes enables producers of woody biomass to demonstrate that they source their raw material responsibly and that it complies with the regulatory, including sustainability, requirements applicable to power generators burning woody biomass to produce energy.

PwC has been approved for the certification, in Canada and the United States of America, of Biomass Producers, typically pellet or woodchip mills, and the biomass supply chain, for example, Biomass Producers and components of the downstream supply chain, such as trade, transport and processing that require Chain of Custody certification.

Carsten Huljus, Chief Executive Officer of SBP, commented, “The SBP approval process is rigorous, including amongst other things the witness by SBP assessors of a PwC audit of a Biomass Producer and SBP’s approval of PwC’s audit team through training and examination. The final stage of the SBP approval process is a review by an independent Technical Committee of the whole assessment process and a recommendation for approval.

“I am pleased to confirm that PwC has achieved SBP approval”.

SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Estonia published

SBP has today published the SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Estonia. The publication of the Regional Risk Assessment follows a period of public consultation and internal review by SBP, including an approval recommendation from the independent Technical Committee. SBP has also published a response to consultation, which summarises and considers comments received from stakeholders.

SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessments are a key part of SBP’s focus on identifying and mitigating risks associated with sustainably sourcing feedstock for biomass pellet and wood chip production. The SBP Framework is designed to provide assurance that feedstock is sourced legally and sustainably.

Feedstock certified at the forest level through FSC® or PEFC-endorsed schemes is considered SBP-compliant. Other feedstock must be evaluated using a risk-based approach if it is to count towards an SBP-compliant claim.

The Biomass Producer – typically a pellet mill or wood chip producer – is responsible for carrying out the risk assessment and putting in place mitigation measures to manage any specified risks such that the risks can be considered to be controlled and hence low risk. It is the role of an independent, third-party Certification Body, approved by SBP, to check that the feedstock evaluation has been correctly undertaken and that any mitigation measures are being effectively implemented.

Peter Wilson, SBP Executive Director, commented: “The purpose of an SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment is to evaluate an entire geographic region and determine the risks associated with sourcing feedstock for biomass pellet or wood chip production from that region. Thus, the need for individual Biomass Producers to conduct risk assessments is avoided and, therefore, consistency between Biomass Producers is improved.

“The SBP Regional Risk Assessment Procedure also ensures active engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders in the region. Such stakeholder engagement is incredibly valuable to certification schemes, such as SBP”.

The SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Estonia and the SBP response to consultation can be found at:

SBP publishes fee schedules

SBP has today published two proposed fee schedules, which will be effective from 1 October 2016.

The first fee schedule is applicable to Certification Bodies and covers the fees associated with Certification Body approval and the review of a Certification Body’s certification decision in relation to applications for SBP certification.

The second is applicable to Certificate Holders, which include Biomass Producers, typically wood pellet and wood chip producers, and any entity taking legal ownership of SBP-certified biomass and selling that biomass with an SBP claim, typically biomass traders. These fees will cover the wider costs of administering and developing the SBP Framework.

SBP is a not-for-profit organisation. It is proposed that fees will be charged to Certification Bodies and Certificate Holders to cover those administrative costs of running the SBP Framework and developing the scheme that are not already met by membership fees.

Both the proposed fee schedules may be viewed at:

SBP consultation on draft Instruction Document 5A v1.1

SBP has today published the draft Instruction Document 5A v1.1. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the draft.

Draft Instruction Document 5A v1.1 can be viewed here. Interested parties are asked to tabulate their responses into three columns headed: Section Number; Comments; and Suggested Solution. All written comments should be sent to Melanie Wedgbury at by the close of business on Monday, 4 April 2016.

SBP appoints a new CEO

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has today announced the appointment of Carsten Huljus as its new, full time Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Huljus, currently Managing Director of GFA Certification, will take up the appointment on 1 May 2016. He brings with him a wealth of experience and detailed understanding of forest management and chain of custody certification schemes.

Following the launch of the SBP Framework in March 2015 the remainder of last year focused on the Framework’s implementation. The appointment of SBP’s first, full time CEO marks the transition of SBP into a fully operational entity. Joining SBP at this important time in its development, Mr Huljus will be responsible for the leadership and management of SBP, including engagement with its many stakeholders, such as biomass supply chain actors, policy makers and environmental NGOs.

The current Executive Director, Peter Wilson, will take up the new post of Standards Director with continued technical input from Simon Armstrong & Associates.

Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President of DONG Energy and SBP Board Member, who led the search and selection process on behalf of the SBP Board, commented: “I am delighted that Carsten has accepted the role of CEO. SBP has a critical role to play in ensuring the legality and sustainability of woody biomass used in large scale energy production and I believe Carsten is the right person to drive this agenda forward”.

Welcoming Mr Huljus to the role, Dorothy Thompson, Group Chief Executive of Drax and Chairman of SBP, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Carsten as CEO of SBP. My fellow Board members and I look forward to working with him at this exciting time in the development of the organisation”.

Also commenting on the appointment, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Chair of the Advisory Board to SBP said: “The appointment of Carsten will strengthen the work of the Advisory Board in its delivery of knowledge-based advice to SBP as the Advisory Board prepares for its second meeting, which is to be held in April 2016.”

Carsten Huljus commented: “I am very much looking forward to my role as the new CEO of SBP. The organisation has achieved so much in a very short period of time and I am pleased to be in a position to influence its further development over the coming years. All stakeholders need the assurance that the bioenergy sector is acting responsibly and to that end my aim is to ensure that SBP and its Framework are both robust and credible”.