In a statement, the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) has condemned the invasion of Ukraine and cautioned that the consequences of military action and decisions to be made as a result are, and will be, far-reaching, and have humanitarian and economic impacts, as well as implications for European energy security.
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SBP, a certification system designed for woody biomass – mostly wood pellets and woodchips – used in industrial, large-scale energy production, warns that the failure or loss of auditing, assurance and certified feedstocks in combination with sanctions on trade and transport activities as well as disruption to the finance sector will impact the supply and certification of SBP-certified biomass.
We recommend that SBP Certificate Holders monitor the situation and take precautionary measures as appropriate. We are currently assessing our position relative to the continuation of certification operations in Russia and Belarus. We continue to closely monitor and assess developments in conjunction with our stakeholders, service providers, and recognized certification schemes. We will advise on any changes to our current operations in due course, the statement read.