Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Launches Third-Party Sustainable Biofuels Certification System
(Biofuels Journal/National Wildlife Federation) The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) launched March 22 the first global third-party certification system for sustainable biofuels.
The RSB Certification System includes environmental, social and economic principles and criteria and features a unique set of online tools aimed at taking the complexity out of compliance and streamlining certification.
“It’s one thing to say your product is sustainable and another to prove it,” saidBarbara Bramble, Senior Advisor for the International Climate and Energy Program at the National Wildlife Federation.
“This new system makes it easy to differentiate between biofuels that are environmentally destructive and biofuels that deliver on the promise of sustainability.”
The certification system covers the major issues of concern in biofuels’ production, including their contribution to climate change mitigation and rural development; their protection of land and labor rights; and their impacts on biodiversity, soil and water pollution, water availability and food security.
…The certification system will be operated by RSB Services, which is the “business arm” of the RSB, providing access to the certification process, licensing, and auditors’ training among other activities.
Under the new system, biofuel producers that receive RSB certification will be able to:
• Assure their customers that their product is responsibly produced, positioning RSB-certified operators favorably in their markets.
• “Know their biomass/biofuel” by being able to trace the origin of the product along the entire supply chain through various chain-of-custody models.
• Receive market recognition as leaders in biofuels’ sustainable production, which is increasingly important to major fuel buyers and to regulators.
• Benefit from a competitive advantage resulting from the RSB members’ active work to build market demand for certified fuels, especially for certification of entire supply chains. READ MORE and MORE (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels) and MORE