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New EU bioenergy sustainability certification scheme begins piloting

The SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES Verification Scheme GmbH (SURE) has announced the start of the practical operation for the certification of sustainable power and heat from biomass at this year’s German Industry for Wood Energy conference in Würzburg, Germany.

The SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES Verification Scheme GmbH (SURE) has announced the start of the practical operation for the certification of sustainable power and heat from biomass at this year’s German Industry for Wood Energy conference in Würzburg. Georg Reuss (left) Reuss Group; Helmut Hoffmann, Prolignis Gruppe; Thomas Siegmund, SURE; Julia Thalhammer, Prolignis Gruppe and Agnieszka Czypull, SURE (photo courtesy SURE).

SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES Verification Scheme GmbH (SURE) was founded in the spring of 2019 as a reaction of the industry to the forthcoming proof of sustainable power and heat generation from biomass and biogas from the European Biomass Association (Bioenergy Europe) and REDcert GmbH, one of the leading certification systems for sustainable biomass.

Since the beginning of the year, together with numerous industry associations and companies in the market, solutions have been developed for proof of the upcoming sustainability requirements of the EU Directive 2018/2001/EC, the so-called “RED II”, and translated into objectively measurable indicators.

We are very pleased that our industry is aware of its responsibility and is proactively involved in implementing the RED II criteria. With SURE, we now have a certification system in the market that enables a practicable and credible implementation of the RED II in the wood energy sector, commented Artur Auernhammer, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the German Bioenergy Association (BBE).

Now having the developed methodology in practice as well as incorporating the experiences gained in the optimisation of the system, will enable industry, in time, to bring into force RED II in 2021 using a proven and accepted proof of sustainability.

Numerous companies from biomass producers, fuel processors as well as traders to biomass plant operators have already expressed their interest in close cooperation with the new certification scheme. With talks taking place in Würzburg plans have now been agreed to conduct pilot tests with SURE.

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