SBP Offers Complete Solution for SDE+ Compliance

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.

SBP Celebrates 200 Certifications

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:

CIFQ and QWEB Consult on Draft Regional Risk Assessment for Quebec

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:

Please note this is not an SBP consultation, all enquiries should be directed to Nicolas Blanchette.

SBP Consultation on Instruction Document 2E

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: Interested parties are invited to provide written comments and feedback by Monday, 12 August 2019. All responses should be sent to

SBP Consultation on Document Development Procedure

SBP has today launched a consultation on its Document Development Procedure. SBP is revising its Procedure to better reflect the changes in the governance arrangements of SBP and to bring SBP in line with best practice requirements.

The Document Development Procedure specifies the steps to be followed for the revision of existing documentation or the issuing of new documentation that informs the implementation and operation of the SBP certification system. The Procedure covers a wide range of both normative and non-normative documents, including sustainability standards, other standards, instruction documents, guidance documents, interpretative documents, process documents and contracts.

All documents that inform the implementation and operation of the SBP certification system shall be developed in compliance with the Procedure.

The purpose of the Procedure is to ensure the credibility of all SBP documentation by incorporating the values of transparency, participation and fairness into their development, and through compliance with international best practice for standards development.

The document can be found at: Interested parties are invited to provide written comments and feedback by Monday, 5 August 2019. All responses should be sent to

SBP Annual Report 2018 Published

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) has today published its 2018 annual report. The report is available at:

Carsten Huljus, SBP Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We have delivered against our stated priorities for 2018, whilst continuing to grow our Certificate Holder base and geographic spread.

“During the year, we concluded the work on our governance transition process to finish the year with multi-stakeholder governance arrangements in place. Our annual report introduces all those stakeholders who have taken on a governing role under the new structure.

“Our presence in the biomass market has continued to grow, with just over 9 million tonnes of SBP-certified biomass produced and sold by biomass producers during the year, an increase of 80% on 2017. Our Data Transfer System ensures that all SBP-certified biomass from production to consumption is tracked and accompanied by verified data, including energy and carbon data.

“In evaluating how SBP makes a difference, we report on our six key impacts that define the intended outcomes from the implementation of our certification system. In addition to the activities of SBP, we report on stakeholder perspectives and the actions of those in the supply chain towards achieving our desired outcomes.

“Through maintaining a robust and credible certification system we aim to provide assurance of responsible practice in the sourcing and production of biomass used for energy generation. The continued development of SBP is critical to our ongoing success.”

SBP Technical Committee Members Named

Today, SBP Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Huljus, named the members of the SBP Technical Committee who will take up their positions with immediate effect.

Commenting on the Technical Committee appointments, Carsten Huljus said: “The Technical Committee is a representation of specialist expertise across the disciplines encompassed by the SBP standards, including forest management, feedstock processing, biomass distribution, as well as knowledge of auditing, certification and/or accreditation processes and procedures.

“The role of the Committee is, amongst other things, to provide advice to the Board on SBP’s technical and scientific functions, including but not limited to SBP’s certification and accreditation criteria and methodologies.

“The members of the Committee have been chosen to reflect the necessary specialist knowledge and to ensure balance across regional geographies.

“I am delighted to announce that the six members of the Technical Committee are: Kim Cesafsky, Manager of Sustainability at Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood biomass fuels; Anders Hildeman, an independent consultant with several years’ experience in forestry and certification; Brenda Hopkin, an independent consultant with several years’ experience in forestry and certification; Peter Kofod Kristensen, Senior Lead Sustainability Advisor at Ørsted, a global renewable energy company; Rob Shaw, Technical Manager at Soil Association Certification Limited, a Certification Body for organic and sustainable certification schemes; and Martin Walter, Professor in timber trade, wood manufacturing and certification at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, and an independent consultant.

“We are privileged to have such expertise at hand. The Technical Committee adds further strength to SBP’s multi-stakeholder governance arrangements and completes the transition process. Together, we can now focus on the task of governing the organisation.”

Certificate Holders Invited to Pilot New Data Templates

SBP is inviting Certificate Holders to pilot the new SAR and SREG templates. If, as a Certificate Holder, you wish to participate in the pilot please contact your Certification Body. Your Certification Body will provide full details of the pilot and the templates. We anticipate that the pilot will run for around two months, subject to uptake and feedback received.

Those Certificate Holders not wishing participate in the pilot should continue to use the current SAR and SREG templates.

SBP Consultation on Public Summary Report and Supply Base Report Templates

SBP has today launched a consultation on the Public Summary Report and Supply Base Report templates. The changes to the templates are proposed following feedback from users, and also to reflect anticipated modifications to the Audit Report on Energy and GHG Data (SAR) and Audit Report on Energy and GHG Data for Supplied Biomass (SREG).

The templates can be found at: Live Consultations. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments and feedback by Friday, 5 April 2019. All responses should be sent to