Sustainable Biomass Partnership Timeline

2017

March: SBP published its first annual report, covering the 2016 calendar year.

2016

March: By the end of March, 15 SBP certificates had been issued and a further 70 applications for certification received.

April: SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Estonia published.

May: Carsten Huljus becomes the first, full time Chief Executive Officer of SBP.

June: SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Lithuania published.

August: SBP entered into an agreement with Accreditation Services International (ASI) for the managment of the SBP accreditation program.

October: The SBP Data Transfer System (DTS) v0.5 was launched on 1 October, facilitating the collection, collation and transmission of data throughout the biomass supply chain.

December: From 1 December, ASI took on responsibility for reviewing reports in support of applications for certification.

December: At the end of December, SBP had 74 Certificate Holders across 14 countries, and around a further 60 applications for certification. 

2015

March: Launch of the SBP Framework version 1.0.

March to September: Formation of independent Advisory Board, chaired by Julia Marton-Lefe╠Çvre (former Director General of IUCN).

September: First two Certification Bodies approved by SBP.

September: News of first Biomass Producer certification in the United States of America.

October: News of first Biomass Producer certification in Europe.

2014

March: Publication of the Biomass Assurance Framework Consultation Draft with an invitation for interested parties to comment

April: Close of Biomass Assurance Framework consultation period.

September: Publication of Biomass Assurance Framework Response to Consultation and Biomass Assurance Framework Standards version 0.0.

September to December: Further refinement and testing of Biomass Assurance Framework Standards version 0.0 and engagement with industry parties.

2013

SBP created to continue the work of the former Initiative of Wood Pellet Buyers (IWPB) which initially undertook to develop a standard biomass trading agreement with a focus on wood pellet specifications, trading terms and sustainability criteria.