Segezha Group complete SBP certification
In Russia, Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 JSC and Ksilotek-Sibir LLC – the Siberian sawmill and wood pellet assets of Segezha Group (part of JSFC Sistema) – have successfully completed international certification according to the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP). The audit was performed by NEPCon – a non-profit global organization that enables sustainable land use and search for climate change solutions.
According to Segezha Group, a lot of requirements are imposed on candidates to receive the SBP certificate, including requirements for sustainable forest management, legal origins of wood and trade lawfulness, as well as reporting energy and carbon data throughout the supply chain.
As part of the company’s route towards European quality certification for industrial wood pellets, Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 and Ksilotek-Sibir LLC prepared detailed reports on resource base of enterprises, elaborated data collection procedures and methods, developed guidance for people in charge, and performed training of key employees involved in the management system.
The entire certification process, from enterprise action planning to the issuance of the document by the accredited certification authority, took a bit more than half a year. To prepare the company for the upcoming audit properly, consultants from Biomass Consult, an established company with international experience in this area of certification, were engaged, said Vladimir Mammatov, lead expert in voluntary forest certification of the Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1.
Plans to increase production
Segezha Group investments in pellet production in the Krasnoyarsk Territory amounted to RUB 816.6 million (≈ EUR 10.6 million) and the new wood pellet production line was officially inaugurated in December, 2018. The annual output of pellets is 70 000 tonnes of export-oriented products and all production is contracted 12-months in advance.
Biofuel production is one of the important policies of the company in the field of ecology and protection of the environment. Besides, it’s a 100 percent export product, and its consumption in the world is growing dynamically because it’s a decent and cheap fuel. We intend to increase manufacturing volume and expand export of the product, said Mikhail Shamolin, President of Segezha Group.
In 2019, Segezha Group plans to ship three container trains pellets from Lesosibirsk to Baltic ports on a monthly basis for further shipment to Denmark, Italy, Sweden, and other European countries. In December 2018 – January 2019 the first 5 000 tonnes were shipped.