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SBP launches public consultation on standards revision draft

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and woodchips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production, has launched its public consultation on Revision Draft v1 of Standards 1 and 2.

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The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and woodchips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production, has launched its public consultation on Revision Draft v1 of Standards 1 and 2.

SBP’s certification system provides assurance that woody biomass is sourced from legal and responsible sources, and a means to collect and communicate sourcing and greenhouse gas (GHG) data along the supply chain, allowing companies in the biomass sector to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements.

There are six SBP Standards, which collectively represent the SBP certification framework or scheme, against which organizations can be assessed for compliance by independent third-party Certification Bodies (CBs).

According to SBP, its Standards Development Process is designed to facilitate an “open, inclusive, and constructive sharing of views amongst our stakeholder community.” This first public consultation on Revision Draft v1 of Standards 1 and 2 follows the public consultation on Standard 3 to 6 to complete the first round of public consultation of the suite of six Standards.

In this public consultation, SBP is seeking stakeholder feedback on the Revision Draft v1 of:

  • Standard 1: Feedstock Compliance
  • Standard 2: Feedstock Verification

Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the Standards as a whole or to limit their comments to specific sections.

An Explanatory Note accompanies each of the Standards providing background and details on the proposed revisions to the Standard, including adaptations of the requirements and their structure, as well as raising some specific questions.

All documents are available via the Feedback Platform, and the consultation closes on August 2, 2021.

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