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Sustainability certification
system for biomass suppliers
Peter Wilson
Executive Director, Sustainable Biomass Partnership
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
Outline
•The sustainability challenge for large-scale users of w...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
The sustainability challenge
•To tackle global warming, EU gener...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
SBP is building the European industry’s solution
Seven major pla...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
SBP vision and objectives (2015-16)
Vision
An economically, envi...
Focusing on sustainable sourcing solutions.
SBP governance structure
Advisory
Board
Advises Board
Advisory
Board
Advises B...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
Progress to date
SBP has:
•Developed SBP Framework standards whi...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
SBP Framework – Geographical scope
•Applies to source areas glob...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
SBP Framework - development challenges
Aim
•Providing a solution...
Focusing on sustainable sourcing solutions.
Primary
Feedstock
Tertiary
Feedstock
Secondary
Feedstock
SBP Framework - Scope...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
SBP Framework - Key concepts in summary
•The SBP Framework compr...
Focusing on sustainable sourcing solutions.
Regional Risk Assessment
Desk-based assessment against SBP-criteria – results ...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
Six Standards available on www.sustainablebiomasspartnership.org...
Focusing on sustainable sourcing solutions.
Primary
Feedstock
Tertiary
Feedstock
Secondary
Feedstock
SBP Framework: Scheme...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
Review of SBP Framework development milestones
•Work started – S...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
Going forward
•Further refinement and strengthening
•Advisory Bo...
Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers
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Gracias!
• Peter Wilson
• Sustainable Biomass Partnership
• i...
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Sistema de certificación de sostenibilidad para proveedores de biomasa

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Presentación realizada por Peter Wilson, Director ejecutivo de Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP), en el 10º Congreso Internacional de Bioenergía "Retos de la biomasa hacia 2020" (2015)

Acceso al vídeo en el canal de AVEBIOM en youtube en este link https://youtu.be/9zbhrlwkqLA?list=PLiI9QXKYMxh06h-WnlG7007bUkwPg6sKV

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Sistema de certificación de sostenibilidad para proveedores de biomasa

  1. 1. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers Peter Wilson Executive Director, Sustainable Biomass Partnership
  2. 2. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers Outline •The sustainability challenge for large-scale users of woody biomass for heat & power generation in EU countries •A sector solution •Progress 2
  3. 3. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers The sustainability challenge •To tackle global warming, EU generators are encouraged by the EU and national governments to switch from fossil fuels to renewable feedstock. •Financial incentives are provided so that generators can compete with conventional fuels such as coal and gas but this support is contingent on generators demonstrating that feedstock is legally and sustainably sourced •The definition of sustainability for woody biomass varies between EU Member States •SBP recognises the credibility of existing forest certification schemes (FSC/PEFC) and does not wish to compete with or replicate them •If FSC or PEFC could meet sector needs we would not need SBP standards •But these forest-level schemes have insufficient take-up in key forest-source areas and lack some of the key elements needed for biomass on greenhouse gas data so a bridging solution is required. 3
  4. 4. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers SBP is building the European industry’s solution Seven major players using woody biomass for large-scale heat and power generation in the European Union (BE, DK, NL, UK) came together to find a solution. 4
  5. 5. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers SBP vision and objectives (2015-16) Vision An economically, environmental and socially sustainable solid biomass supply chain that contributes to a low-carbon economy. Objectives •To provide an effective mechanism that enables producers and users of solid (woody) biomass for energy production to demonstrate compliance with European/national regulatory, including sustainability, requirements •To increase supply chain transparency by collecting and disseminating performance data •To promote sustainable forest management practice and greater uptake of existing forest certification schemes in key forest source areas or wood baskets •To contribute to a strengthened scientific evidence base and a greater understanding of the issues associated with the use of solid biomass for energy production. 5
  6. 6. Focusing on sustainable sourcing solutions. SBP governance structure Advisory Board Advises Board Advisory Board Advises Board Standards Development & Management Group (AFDG) Member representatives Standards Development & Management Group (AFDG) Member representatives SBP company: Incorporated as not-for- profit UK company. SBP Board: Directors from member companies - key decision- making body. SBP company: Incorporated as not-for- profit UK company. SBP Board: Directors from member companies - key decision- making body. Working Groups •Communications •Transparency Working Groups •Communications •Transparency Secretariat (Consultants) Secretariat (Consultants) Liaison Fora Biomass Producers Certification Bodies Regulators Liaison Fora Biomass Producers Certification Bodies Regulators Impartial Technical CommitteeImpartial Technical Committee
  7. 7. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers Progress to date SBP has: •Developed SBP Framework standards which are based on regulatory requirements, use a risk-based approach and are aligned as closely as possible with FSC and PEFC standards and processes, while seeking to work with these schemes and key stakeholders •Sought an ongoing dialogue and collaboration with FSC and PEFC to enable both schemes to provide alternative solutions that allow Biomass Producers and users fully to meet their regulatory, including sustainability, requirements. PEFC has established a working group to develop a GHG module to carry data along a PEFC chain of custody •Looked at how to encourage stakeholder initiatives both to improve sustainable forest management practices and to increase uptake of FSC and PEFC certification in some key forest source areas or wood baskets. This has included exploring the concept of a Wood Basket Partnership Fund •A working group is considering how to increase supply-chain transparency by collecting and disseminating aggregated performance data. 7
  8. 8. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers SBP Framework – Geographical scope •Applies to source areas globally and is ‘open access’ •Specifically designed for woody biomass being supplied to European market •Aligns with national regulatory requirements to cover all those countries in which SBP member companies operate generating plants using woody biomass (BE, DK, NL, UK) – this could expand. 8
  9. 9. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers SBP Framework - development challenges Aim •Providing a solution for regulators, for example, Danish industry agreement based on SBP approach Hitting a moving target •Lack of confirmed EU or national standards, so need to work with what is available •Therefore, regulatory compliance demonstrated using the most comprehensive and stringent national requirements: – Legality from EU Timber Regulation – Sustainable Forest Management criteria based on UK Government’s Timber Procurement Policy (CPET Category B) requirements plus NL criteria – Chain of Custody based on existing concepts (FSC/PEFC/SFI) – Energy and carbon balance data to be carried along supply chain – meeting Belgian requirements 9
  10. 10. Focusing on sustainable sourcing solutions. Primary Feedstock Tertiary Feedstock Secondary Feedstock SBP Framework - Scope of certification
  11. 11. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers SBP Framework - Key concepts in summary •The SBP Framework comprises standards, structures, systems and processes •Makes maximum use of FSC and PEFC and complements where necessary – Addresses specific biomass issues – Can be used in areas with limited uptake of FSC/PEFC certification •Independent third-party certification •SBP certifies four components: sustainable feedstock, chain of custody, energy and carbon data collection and communication, and energy and carbon balance calculation •Risk-based approach for non-certified feedstock – Central role for pellet mill, FSC ‘Controlled Wood’ PLUS approach – Supply Base Evaluation / Regional Risk Assessment •Stakeholder input in Supply Base Evaluation and certification processes 11
  12. 12. Focusing on sustainable sourcing solutions. Regional Risk Assessment Desk-based assessment against SBP-criteria – results in a risk rating for each indicator + Supplier Verification Programme Field-based assessment for those indicators for which no clear risk can be determined in Regional Risk Assessment LegalityLegality EcosystemsEcosystems EnvironmentEnvironment ProductivityProductivity SocialSocial BiodiversityBiodiversity CarbonCarbon Supply Base Evaluation Principles derived from UK Timber Procurement Policy, including other relevant criteria Supply Base Evaluation Principles derived from UK Timber Procurement Policy, including other relevant criteria Low Risk Criteria No further action needed Specified Risk Criteria Implement mitigation measures Compliance PEFC/FSC-certified feedstock PEFC/FSC-certified feedstock The certification concept – a risk-based approach
  13. 13. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers Six Standards available on www.sustainablebiomasspartnership.org 1.Feedstock Compliance Standard: The principles, criteria and indicators defining the management system needed to verify that feedstock is legal and sustainable 2.Verification of SBP-compliant Feedstock: The method for the evaluation of the risk associated with feedstock 3.Certification Systems: The requirements on Certification Bodies in verifying compliance by SBP certificate holders 4.Chain of Custody 5.Collection and Communication of Data: Methodology for collection and communication of data along the supply chain 6.Energy and Carbon Balance Calculation: Requirements on generators for energy and carbon balance calculations 11
  14. 14. Focusing on sustainable sourcing solutions. Primary Feedstock Tertiary Feedstock Secondary Feedstock SBP Framework: Scheme architecture, structure, process and procedures Certification Systems Standard The certification framework Data Collection and Communication Standard Feedstock Compliance Standard and Verification of SBP-compliant Feedstock Energy and Carbon Balance Calculation Standard
  15. 15. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers Review of SBP Framework development milestones •Work started – Summer 2013 •Draft Standards - stakeholder consultation and engagement (March 2014) •SBP response to key issues identified (September 2014) •Version 0.0 ‘beta Standards’ published for final testing (September 2014) •Sector road-testing certification – Certification Bodies and Biomass Producers (October-December 2014) •Further refinement took place to: – Take account of learnings from test certification – Align with emerging regulatory requirements (especially NL) – Address stakeholder issues •Version 1.0 standards published – EC launch (March 2015) •SBP Regional Risk Assessment concept piloted in Lithuania – extended to other Baltic states •Work ongoing with PEFC to develop energy and carbon balance data module for use in PEFC Chain of Custody •9 Certification Bodies have applicant status and are progressing towards SBP-approved status •NEPCon is first SBP-approved certification body •First biomass producer certification announcements imminent •Strong pipeline of audits •Draft Regional Risk Assessments out for consultation last week. 15
  16. 16. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers Going forward •Further refinement and strengthening •Advisory Board being established - chair: Julia Marton-Lefèvre •Key aim is to more effectively embrace a wider group of stakeholders, for example, resource owners, BPs and NGOs in development of Version 2.0. 16
  17. 17. Sustainability certification system for biomass suppliers 17 Gracias! • Peter Wilson • Sustainable Biomass Partnership • info@sustainablebiomasspartnership.org • www.sustainablebiomasspartnership.org

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