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 email@example.com 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.