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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 […]

SBP Annual Report 2018 Published

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) has today published its 2018 annual report. The report is available at: www.sbp-cert.org/documents/annual-reports. 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 […]

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 […]

Statement on Accreditation Status of DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy Ab

On 15 October 2018, DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy Ab (DNV GL Finland) was suspended by Assurance Services International (ASI) for SBP certification. ASI has now confirmed that the suspension has been lifted (effective from 8 March 2019). Further details can be viewed on the ASI website.

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 […]

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 […]

SBP Approved for SDE+ Biomass Categories 1 to 4

SBP has today announced that its certification system has received approval from the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy for primary feedstock (biomass categories 1 to 4). Together with our earlier approvals for biomass category 5 and chain of custody, SBP is now a pre-requisite for trading biomass […]

Register now for the Stakeholder Advisory Group

Today, SBP Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Huljus, issued a call for action to all SBP stakeholders inviting them to register their interest in becoming a member of the new Stakeholder Advisory Group. Commenting on the Stakeholder Advisory Group, Carsten Huljus said: “Following the success of the SBP Stakeholder Committee that […]

SBP Standards Committee Members Named

Today, SBP Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Huljus, named the members of the SBP Standards Committee who will take up their positions in January 2019. Commenting on the new Standards Committee and its members, Carsten Huljus said: “The Standards Committee is a representation of SBP stakeholders, with the membership split 50:50 […]

SBP Announces New Board

Today, SBP Chair, Francis Sullivan, announced the nominated, new members of the SBP Board who will take up their positions in January 2019. Commenting on the nominations, Francis Sullivan said: “The vision of a balanced Board representing multi-stakeholder views will become a reality in January 2019. Much work has gone […]

SBP Prepares for Change

As SBP readies itself for the transformational step towards becoming a multi-stakeholder governed organisation. SBP’s independent Chair, Francis Sullivan, talks about the making the vision a reality: “Moving to a multi-stakeholder governed certification scheme was always the shared vision of SBP’s founding members. In 2013, there was some urgency to […]

Statement on Accreditation Status of DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy Ab

The Certification Body, DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy Ab (DNV GL Finland), has been suspended by Accreditation Services International (ASI) for SBP certification (effective 15 October 2018). Details on the grounds for suspension can be viewed on the ASI website. DNV GL has six months within which to clear the […]

SBP Approved for SDE+ Category 5 and Chain of Custody

SBP has today announced that its certification system has received approval from the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy for secondary feedstock (biomass category 5) and chain of custody, making SBP the first certification scheme recognised by the Netherlands as offering an end-to-end solution for secondary feedstock under […]

SBP Consults on Solution for Primary Feedstock Compliance with SDE+

SBP has considered the likely market demand for biomass produced from primary feedstock meeting the Netherlands SDE+ biomass sustainability requirements and has determined that there should be sufficient interest to merit an SBP solution. Accordingly, SBP has published Instruction Document 2D, which specifies the requirements for the evaluation and certification […]

SBP Directorate Changes

SBP has today announced the appointment of Francis Sullivan as its independent, non-executive Chair, effective from 1 July 2018. The appointment marks the first step in the implementation of SBP’s new, multi-stakeholder governance model. Francis, currently a Senior Adviser at HSBC Holdings plc, will replace Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President […]

SBP Temporarily Withdraws Application from Dutch SDE+ Subsidy Scheme Assessment Procedure

In August 2017, SBP submitted its certification system to the Dutch regulator for benchmarking against the requirements of the Dutch SDE+ subsidy scheme. ADBE, the Commission responsible for carrying out the benchmarking, has concluded their preliminary assessment. The assessment, whilst positive, identified several areas that would need to be addressed […]

DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Accredited for SBP Certification

DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy Ab (DNV GL) has become the fourth Certification Body to be accredited by Accreditation Services International (ASI) for SBP certification services. ASI, the appointed accreditation body for the SBP certification system, has undertaken a thorough assessment of the processes and procedures in place at […]

SBP Consultation on Final Draft Regional Risk Assessment for Portugal

SBP has today published the final draft Regional Risk Assessment for Portugal. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the draft. 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 […]

SCS Global Services Accredited for SBP Certification

SCS Global Services (SCS) has become the third Certification Body to be accredited by Accreditation Services International (ASI) for SBP certification services. ASI, the appointed accreditation body for the SBP certification system, has undertaken a thorough assessment of the processes and procedures in place at SCS and is satisfied that […]

Control Union Certifications Accredited for SBP Certification

Control Union Certifications BV (CUC) has become the second Certification Body to be accredited by Accreditation Services International (ASI) for SBP certification services. ASI, the appointed accreditation body for the SBP certification system, has undertaken a thorough assessment of the processes and procedures in place at CUC and is satisfied […]

NEPCon Accredited for SBP Certification

NEPCon has become the first Certification Body to be accredited by Accreditation Services International (ASI) for SBP certification services. ASI, the appointed accreditation body for the SBP certification system, has undertaken a thorough assessment of the processes and procedures in place at NEPCon and is satisfied that the accreditation requirements […]

SBP Governance Transition Process: Consultation Launched

SBP has today launched a consultation as part of its governance transition process. Following a comprehensive review of 12 certification systems in operation across a variety of sectors a proposal for the new governance arrangements for SBP has been developed. The overriding objective is to transform SBP into a multi-stakeholder […]

SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Latvia Published

SBP has today published the SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Latvia. 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 […]

SBP Announces New Member

SBP, the unique certification system for woody biomass used in industrial, large-scale energy production, has today announced the addition of a new member company, MGT Teesside Ltd (MGT Teesside). The application for membership was approved at the SBP Board meeting held on 12 September 2017. MGT Teesside is building the […]

Statement on SBP Approval Process

The Certification Body, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), became an ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body in May 2016. On 23 January 2017 (effective date), PwC was suspended for the delivery of SBP Supply Chain and Biomass Producer Certification in Canada and the USA. Following the six month suspension period (23 January 2017 – 22 […]

SBP: Fact not Fallacy

SBP is a credible and robust certification system enabling users of woody biomass for energy production to demonstrate compliance with regulatory, including sustainability, requirements. At the core of the system are: 38 indicators defining legality and sustainability; alignment with leading regulatory regimes on sustainable biomass practice; and independent scrutiny of […]

SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Denmark Published

SBP has today published the SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Denmark. 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 […]

SBP Celebrates 100 Certifications

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) has today announced that 100 organisations now currently hold valid SBP certificates. The organisations have been certified in accordance with the SBP certification system, a unique certification system designed for woody biomass used in industrial, large-scale heat and power production. Carsten Huljus, SBP Chief Executive Officer, […]

SBP Consultation on Final Draft Regional Risk Assessment for Denmark

SBP has today published the final draft Regional Risk Assessment for Denmark. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the draft. 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 […]

Statement on SBP Approval Status of NEPCon OÜ

SBP has lifted NEPCon OÜ’s suspension for SBP biomass producer (including Supply Base Evaluation) and supply chain certification in Russia. The Certification Body, NEPCon OÜ, became an ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body in September 2015. It is an SBP requirement that a reduction in scope or suspension of a relevant accreditation, such […]

SBP Annual Report 2016 Published

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) has today published its first annual report. The report covers the calendar year 2016, and is available at: www.sbp-cert.org/documents/annual-reports. Carsten Huljus, SBP Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The report provides an easy-to-follow guide to SBP, which we hope helps to communicate what is a fairly complex certification […]

Statement on SBP Approval Status of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The Certification Body, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), became an ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body in May 2016. As part of the SBP’s processes and procedures, a Certification Body is evaluated against SBP’s requirements (SBP Standard 3). Where those requirements are not fulfilled a non-conformity is raised against the Certification Body’s own process and […]

Statement on Deletion of Record of Suspension Decision for NEPCon OÜ

On 1 December 2016 (effective date), NEPCon OÜ’s FSC accreditation for Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification in Russia was suspended by FSC’s accreditation organisation, Accreditation Services International (ASI). It is an SBP requirement that a reduction in scope or suspension of a relevant accreditation, such as for FSC® or […]

SBP Welcomes Consultation on the Introduction of an FSC Carbon Footprint Procedure

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) welcomes the FSC’s consultation on the possible introduction of a voluntary FSC Carbon Footprint Procedure. SBP believes that such an instrument, capable of measuring the carbon footprint of the full range of wood products, would have a positive impact on production and consumption behaviours. The […]

SBP Directorate Changes

SBP has today announced that Dorothy Thompson is to retire as a director and Chairman of the Board. Thomas Dalsgaard, who has been a director of the Company since 2013, succeeds Dorothy Thompson as Chairman. Thomas Dalsgaard commented: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair the SBP Board. […]

Deferral of the introduction of fees for Certificate Holders

On 1 April 2016 SBP published two proposed fee schedules, one for Certificate Holders and one for Certification Bodies, which were scheduled to be effective from 1 October 2016. In September, the SBP Board decided to defer the introduction of fees for all Certificate Holders. The level of interest shown […]

SBP approves its first 50 certifications

A year on from celebrating the first Biomass Producer certification, the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has today announced that 50 organisations have now been certified in accordance with the SBP certification scheme. SBP is a unique certification scheme designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and […]

SBP consultation on draft Instruction Documents 5A, 5B and 5C v1.1

SBP has today published the pre-approval drafts of Instruction Documents 5A, 5B and 5C v1.1 for consultation. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the drafts. Following the consultation on draft Instruction Document 5A v1.1 earlier in the year, SBP has been working on revising the document to […]

SBP Appoints ASI as Accreditation Body

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) and Accreditation Services International (ASI) have today announced that SBP has appointed ASI as an accreditation body for the SBP certification scheme. The agreement between ASI and SBP enhances the integrity of the scheme through introducing another level of independent, third-party oversight at an important […]

SBP approves Control Union Certifications BV

SBP has today announced that Control Union Certifications BV (CUC) has become the sixth ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body. CUC 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 programme. The SBP certification programme enables producers […]

SBP approves DNV GL Business Assurance Finland

SBP has today announced that DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy Ab (DNV GL) has become the fifth ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body. DNV GL 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 programme. The […]

SBP approves SCS Global Services

SBP has today announced that SCS Global Services (SCS), USA has become the fourth ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body. SCS 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 programme. The SBP certification programme enables producers […]

SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Lithuania published

SBP has today published the SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Lithuania. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

SBP Framework recognised by UK Energy Regulator

UK energy regulator, Ofgem, has today published a summary of the results of its benchmarking exercise of voluntary schemes against the UK’s Renewables Obligation land criteria for woody biomass. The SBP Framework has been evaluated and found to be fully compliant with the legislation. The summary of results can be […]

Statement on SBP approval process for BM Trada Certification Ltd

The Certification Body, BM TRADA Certification Ltd, was accepted as an applicant for ‘SBP-approved Certification Body’ status in November 2014. It is an SBP requirement that a reduction in scope or suspension of a relevant accreditation, such as for FSC® or PEFC, by another accreditation body leads to the suspension […]

SBP welcomes announcement of Europe’s first biomass producer certification

SBP has today welcomed news of Europe’s first Biomass Producer certification. NEPCon, an SBP-approved Certification Body, has announced that it has certified Latvian pellet producer, SBE Latvia. The SBP certificate issued to SBE Latvia covers the use of FSC®-certified feedstock only. SBE Latvia also holds FSC® Chain of Custody certification. Commenting […]

SBP welcomes announcement of first Biomass Producer Certification

SBP has today welcomed news of the first Biomass Producer certification. NSF International (NSF), an SBP-approved Certification Body, has announced that it has certified the Aliceville, Alabama facility of US pellet producer, Westervelt Renewable Energy LLC (Westervelt). The SBP certificate issued to Westervelt covers the manufacture of woody biomass pellets, […]

NSF International becomes SBP-Approved Certification Body

SBP has today announced that NSF International (NSF) has become an ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body. NSF 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 programme under the SBP Framework. The SBP Framework of standards […]

SBP consultation on draft regional risk assessments

SBP has today published draft Regional Risk Assessments for the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Interested parties are invited to provide written comments on the drafts. Regional Risk Assessments are a key part of SBP’s focus on identifying and mitigating any risks associated with sourcing feedstock for […]

SBP approves first Certification Body

09SBP has today announced that NEPCon has become the first ‘SBP-approved’ Certification Body. NEPCon 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 programme under the SBP Framework. The SBP Framework of standards and […]

SBP welcomes PEFC GHG emission data transfer initiative

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) welcomes the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) initiative to develop a voluntary mechanism for the transfer of GHG emission-related data along the PEFC-certified supply chain. The SBP had identified this as an important opportunity for PEFC given that wood-for-energy producers need to […]

SBP accepts four more Certification Bodies as applicants

SBP has today announced that a further four Certification Bodies have been accepted as applicants and are now able to progress towards achieving SBP-approved status. The applicant Certification Bodies are: Forest Certification, KPMG Performance Registrar Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and SGS. The SBP Framework of standards and processes enables producers […]

EU Launch of SBP Framework

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has today launched the SBP Framework to representatives of the EU Institutions at an event in Brussels. The Framework consists of standards and independent certification procedures which together provide a tool enabling users of woody biomass for energy production to demonstrate the legal and sustainable […]

SBP Appoints Chairman of Advisory Board

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has today announced the appointment of Julia Marton-Lefèvre as the Chairman of the new Board being established to provide advice to the SBP. Ms Marton-Lefèvre has been prominent in the scientific and environmental community and has recently stepped down as Director General of IUCN (International […]

SBP accepts SCS Global Services as applicant

SBP has today announced that Certification Body, SCS Global Services has been accepted as an applicant and is now able to progress towards achieving SBP-approved status. The SBP Framework of standards and processes enables producers of woody biomass to demonstrate that they source their raw material responsibly and that it […]

SBP accepts Certification Bodies as applicants

SBP has today announced that five Certification Bodies have been accepted as applicants and are now able to progress towards achieving SBP-approved status. The applicant Certification Bodies are: BM Trada, Bureau Veritas Latvia, Control Union, NEPCon and NSF. The SBP Framework of standards and processes enables producers of woody biomass […]

SBP regional risk assessments extended to Estonia and Latvia

In the summer, SBP launched a pilot regional risk assessment in Lithuania to identify potential risks in the supply of sustainable woody biomass from the region. That assessment is now at an advanced stage and the SBP Board has approved the extension of the approach to Estonia and Latvia. Conducting […]

Biomass Assurance Framework enters final test stage

Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has today published the response to its consultation on the Biomass Assurance Framework (BAF), a suite of five standards and processes allowing companies in the biomass sector to demonstrate compliance with legal, regulatory and sustainability requirements relating to woody biomass. The response to consultation summarises the […]