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09 September 15

SBP approves first Certification Body

SBP 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 processes enables producers of woody biomass to demonstrate that they source their raw material responsibly and that it complies with the regulatory, including sustainability, requirements applicable to power generators burning woody biomass to produce energy.

NEPCon has been approved for worldwide certification of Biomass Producers, typically pellet or woodchip mills, and the biomass supply chain, for example, Biomass Producers and components of the downstream supply chain, such as trade, transport and processing that require Chain of Custody certification.

Peter Wilson, Executive Director of SBP, commented, "NEPCon has been through a rigorous approval process, which amongst other things has included the witness by SBP assessors of a NEPCon audit of a Biomass Producer and SBP’s approval of NEPCon’s audit team through training and examination. Finally, SBP’s independent Technical Committee undertook a review of the whole assessment process and confirmed a recommendation for approval. On behalf of SBP I am pleased to confirm that NEPCon’s application is approved.

“This approval marks a major step in implementing the SBP Framework throughout the woody biomass supply chain".

For more information, please contact:
Melanie Wedgbury (SBP)
T: +44 (0)7734 793279