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 comments received from stakeholders. SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessments are a key part of SBP’s focus on identifying and mitigating risks associated with sustainably sourcing feedstock for biomass pellet and wood chip production. The SBP Framework is designed to provide assurance that feedstock is sourced legally and sustainably.
Feedstock certified at the forest level through FSC® or PEFC-endorsed schemes is considered SBP-compliant. Other feedstock must be evaluated using a risk-based approach if it is to count towards an SBP-compliant claim.
The Biomass Producer – typically a pellet mill or wood chip producer – is responsible for carrying out the risk assessment and putting in place mitigation measures to manage any specified risks such that the risks can be considered to be controlled and hence low risk. It is the role of an independent, third-party Certification Body, approved by SBP, to check that the feedstock evaluation has been correctly undertaken and that any mitigation measures are being effectively implemented.
Carsten Huljus, SBP Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Evaluating an entire geographic region and determining the risks associated with sourcing feedstock for biomass pellet or wood chip production from that region avoids the need for individual Biomass Producers to conduct risk assessments. Consequently, Regional Risk Assessments greatly improve consistency in understanding and approach.
“The SBP Regional Risk Assessment Procedure also ensures active engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders in the region – something that is incredibly valuable to certification schemes, such as SBP”. The SBP-endorsed Regional Risk Assessment for Lithuania and the SBP response to consultation can be found at: http://www.sustainablebiomasspartnership.org/documents/risk-assessments/regional-risk-assessments-for-the-baltic-states/lithuania