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Sustainable Biomass Program names Technical Committee members

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) has named the members of the SBP Technical Committee who will take up their positions with immediate effect.
"The Technical Committee is a representation of specialist expertise across the disciplines encompassed by the SBP standards, including forest management, feedstock processing, biomass distribution, as well as knowledge of auditing, certification and/or accreditation processes and procedures," said SBP CEO, Carsten Huljus.

Carsten Huljus, CEO, Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), here seen speaking during the USIPA 2018 conference in October 2018.

During the USIPA 2018 conference in October 2018, Carsten Huljus, CEO, Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) explained that SBP expected to announce a multi-stakeholder governing board before the end of the year. In November 2018, SBP revealed the nominated, new members of the SBP Board that took up their positions in January 2019. Also in January 2019, SBP invited stakeholders to register their interest for the new Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG). On March 22, 2019, SBP named the members of the SBP Technical Committee who will take up their positions with immediate effect.

According to Huljus, the members of the Committee have been chosen to reflect the necessary specialist knowledge and to ensure balance across regional geographies.

The role of the Committee is, amongst other things, to provide advice to the Board on SBP’s technical and scientific functions, including but not limited to SBP’s certification and accreditation criteria and methodologies, said Huljus.

the six members of the Technical Committee are: Kim Cesafsky, Manager of Sustainability at Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood biomass fuels; Anders Hildeman, an independent consultant with several years’ experience in forestry and certification; Brenda Hopkin, an independent consultant with several years’ experience in forestry and certification; Peter Kofod Kristensen, Senior Lead Sustainability Advisor at Ørsted, a global renewable energy company; Rob Shaw, Technical Manager at Soil Association Certification Ltd, a Certification Body for organic and sustainable certification schemes; and Martin Walter, Professor in timber trade, wood manufacturing and certification at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, and an independent consultant.

We are privileged to have such expertise at hand. The Technical Committee adds further strength to SBP’s multi-stakeholder governance arrangements and completes the transition process. Together, we can now focus on the task of governing the organisation, ended Carsten Huljus.

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