SBP has today issued guidance on increased flexibility in certification audit requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, for certification bodies (CBs) providing SBP certification. Read the full guidance here.
SBP has today opened a public consultation on the Revised Final Draft Regional Risk Assessment (RRA) for Portugal. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the draft.
The Revised Final Draft RRA for Portugal has been prepared at the request of ANPEB, the Portuguese Pellet Association, which provided financial support for developing the RRA in accordance with SBP RRA Procedure v1.0.
The Revised Final Draft may be viewed at: https://sbp-cert.org/documents/consultation-documents/live-consultations/risk-portugal/. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by the close of business on Friday, 20 March 2020.
As an integral part of the public consultation, SBP and the Portuguese Association of Wood and Furniture Industries are hosting a one-day workshop in Lisbon on Thursday, 5 March to discuss the Revised Final Draft. To secure a place on the workshop please register via Registration link.
Regional Risk Assessments are a key part of SBP’s focus on identifying and mitigating risks associated with sourcing feedstock for biomass wood pellet and woodchip production. The SBP certification system is designed to provide assurance that all feedstock is sourced legally and sustainably.
Feedstock certified at the forest level through FSC® or PEFC schemes and feedstock from recycled sources is automatically SBP-compliant. All other feedstock must be evaluated using a risk-based approach.
Typically, the Biomass Producer – a pellet or woodchip mill – is responsible for carrying out the risk assessment and putting in place mitigation measures to manage any specified risks such that they can be considered as controlled and hence low risk. It is the role of an independent, third-party accredited Certification Body to determine, amongst other things, that the feedstock evaluation has been correctly undertaken.
The purpose of a Regional Risk Assessment is to evaluate an entire geographic region and determine the risks associated with sourcing feedstock for biomass wood pellet or woodchip production from that region. Thus, the need for individual Biomass Producers to conduct risk assessments is avoided. Further, Regional Risk Assessments are particularly valuable where statutory protection for forested land is limited.
SBP has today announced that its certification system now offers the complete solution for compliance with the biomass sustainability requirements of the Netherlands’ SDE+ subsidy programme.
The latest consents from the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy for Biomass Category 2 using a risk-based approach and for SDE+ Controlled Biomass together with the approvals already granted provide an end-to-end solution for the full range of woody biomass types recognised by the Dutch authorities.
Carsten Huljus, SBP Chief Executive Officer, said: “From the outset, SBP’s objective was to serve the key biomass markets in Europe. With these latest approvals we have achieved that. We will continue to serve those markets, but are now positioning SBP as the biomass standard for new geographies.
“SBP offers a tried and tested, off-the-shelf solution for emerging biomass markets. Policy makers need look no further than our certification system. The approvals we have earned come on the back of rigorous benchmarking and evaluation. SBP is a pre-requisite for trading biomass internationally.”
SBP’s approvals under the SDE+ regime cover woody biomass from feedstock sourced from forest residues, through the SBP Group Scheme and now through the SBP Risk Based Approach for Biomass Category 2, as well as processing residues.
The additional approval for SDE+ Controlled Biomass covers biomass that meets a subset of the full sustainability requirements, which is acceptable to be physically mixed (according to prescribed limits) with sustainable biomass.
The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) has today announced that 200 organisations now currently hold active SBP certificates. The organisations have been certified in accordance with the SBP certification system, which provides assurance that woody biomass is sourced from legal and sustainable sources in line with the definitions held by competent, regulatory authorities.
Carsten Huljus, SBP Chief Executive Officer, commented: “This is another important milestone for SBP. Our purpose is to facilitate the environmentally and socially responsible management of biomass resources to enable climate goals to be met.
“Our certificate holders are spread across 24 countries and last year over 9 million tonnes of biomass was produced and sold with an SBP claim.
“With production and sales volumes holding firm for this year, we anticipate that once again we will be able to report that SBP-certified pellets account for the majority of industrial pellets consumed in the EU-28.”
SBP Certificate Holders are either biomass producers, traders, or the end-users of SBP-certified biomass, such as large-scale utilities producing heat and power. A list of Certificate Holders may be viewed at: http://www.sbp-cert.org/approvals-and-certifications/certificate-holders.
In accordance with the SBP Regional Risk Assessment Procedure, Conseil de l’industrie forestiere du Québec (CIFQ) and the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) have prepared a draft Regional Risk Assessment (RRA) report for the Canadian province of Quebec. CIFQ and QWEB are now consulting on the draft RRA to ensure relevance to national/regional conditions and to allow stakeholders to contribute to the RRA process.
The consultation is open until 23 October 2019. If you wish to participate in the consultation process please visit: https://www.boiscertifies.ca/qcsbp-rra
Please note this is not an SBP consultation, all enquiries should be directed to Nicolas Blanchette.
SBP has today launched a consultation on Instruction Document 2E. The Instruction Document specifies the requirements for the evaluation, using a risk based approach, of the sustainability requirements of Category 2 feedstock as defined by the Netherlands SDE+ requirements.
Category 2 feedstock is defined as feedstock from Forest Management Units of less than 500ha. Included within the definition are branches, tops, trees and primary felling residues sourced directly from such forests, and unused wood that has the same composition as wood growing in the forest and that has not been mixed with or contaminated by foreign materials or substances.
The Netherlands SDE+ requirements permit the evaluation of the sustainability of Biomass Category 2 to be undertaken using a risk based approach.
An SBP-certified biomass producer may implement the risk based approach defined in the Instruction Document to assess compliance with the SDE+ sustainability requirements. Biomass produced from feedstock sourced in compliance with those requirements may be supplied with dynamic batch sustainability data thereby indicating compliance.
The document can be found at: https://sbp-cert.org/documents/consultation-documents/live-consultation/instruction-document-2e-sbp-requirements-for-risk-based-approach-for-biomass-category-2/. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments and feedback by Monday, 12 August 2019. All responses should be sent to email@example.com.