The fee schedule for Certificate Holders, effective from 1 October 2017, can be viewed below.
Certificate Holders are invited to raise matters requiring clarification. The matters raised, along with their answers, are given below.
Q: Why has SBP introduced fees for Certificate Holders?
A: Levying a fee on Certificate Holders is the most common, best practice and proven way to fund a certification system.
Q: What will the fees be used for?
A: The fees are the sole income of SBP and cover all the running costs of the organisation. See Financial information for a breakdown of how our annual income is spent.
Q: Why does the fee for wood pellets differ from that for woodchips?
A: The two categories of fuel – wood pellets and woodchips – have significantly different net calorific values and as a result attract different fees. Wood pellets and woodchips may be readily differentiated by physical inspection, however, where such physical inspection is not definitive biomass with a net calorific value greater than 15MJ/kg shall be defined as wood pellet and that with a net calorific value of less than 15MJ/kg shall be defined as woodchip. Note: woodchips shall be recorded in the Data Transfer System on a wet tonne basis.
Q: Who will determine the volumes of SBP-certified material that will form the basis of the ultimate fee, and where will the data be taken from?
A: SBP will determine the volumes based on data/transactions recorded in the Data Transfer System (DTS).
Q: Will the SBP accredited Certification Bodies be collecting the fees from Certificate Holders, like in the FSC and PEFC systems?
A: No, SBP will collect the fees itself.
Q: What currency will the fees be invoiced in?
A: The fees will be invoiced in Euros.
Q: Will the underlying calculation of the fee be supplied to each Certificate Holder with the invoice?
A: Biomass Producers’ invoices will include DTS Transaction Batch IDs, allowing verification of the transactions and comparison with the relevant DTS transactions report. Traders’ and End-users’ invoices will be accompanied by the DTS transactions report for the invoiced quarter.
Q: What should I do if I require just one invoice to cover the fees of multiple facilities in my group of companies?
A: Please contact SBP at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Q: What happens in the case of non-payment of fees?
A: Non-payment will trigger a payment reminder and, in last instance, a suspension of the certificate and use of the Data Transfer System (DTS) will be disabled.
Q: How will the quarterly billing of Certificate Holders be handled administratively?
A: Certificate Holders will be invoiced directly by SBP.
Q: Will an annual fee be levied on a certified Biomass Producer if no biomass is sold with an SBP claim?
A: As currently proposed, if no SBP-certified biomass pellets are supplied within the period there will be no fee levied.