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More than 1,000 biofuel farmers, primary distributors and distributing firms already benefit from a recognised SGS biofuel certification. Now find out more about ISCC and REDcert.

As a leading global certification body, SGS is establishing sustainable value creation from biomass for agricultural businesses, dealers, oil pressers as well as biofuel manufacturers and distributing firms. Binding targets have been defined for this purpose for all EU member states for the sustainable production and processing of biomass in the “Renewable Energy Directive” (RED).

Via audits and certifications, SGS-testing experts confirm, for example, that agricultural dealers (so-called primary distributors), who receive biomass in bulk from multiple farms, are properly implementing the requirements of the relevant RED. Operators of biodiesel facilities, hydrogenation plants, bioethanol production facilities and biogas plants can commission SGS audits, while for certifications SGS cooperates with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) as well as REDcert system suppliers.


Why ISCC or REDcert?

The relevant sustainability ordinances in Germany require all those involved in the production, processing and supply chains, right up to plant operators or other accountable bodies wishing to manufacture or supply biomass in accordance with regulations, to comply with a recognised certification system.

Both ISCC and REDcert have been authorised by the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (BLE) to issue sustainable biomass certification. They comply with both the regulation on requirements for the sustainable production of liquid biomass for power generation (BioSt-NachV) as well as the regulation on requirements for the sustainable production of biofuels (Biokraft-NachV).

SGS offers internationally recognised biofuel certification


Similarly, in most other EU countries, sustainability ordinances similar to the German legislation have come into force, and for these markets, certification in accordance with the ISCC EU or REDcert EU standards recognised by the EU commission is practical. The SGS sustainability experts thus mainly issue the ISCC DE and REDcert DE certificates for the German market and ISCC EU and REDcert EU for the European market.

Certification outside the EU, for example in South-East Asia, South America or Australia, is also possible. Thanks to its status as a leading market provider, via its global network of auditors SGS can audit and provide certification in almost any nation.

“Those wishing to actively operate as suppliers or dealers in the market for biofuel and liquid biomass in the electricity sector must possess a sustainability certificate in accordance with recognised systems”, says Sven Theml, System Manager for Sustainability Standards for ISCC and REDcert with the SGS. “Oil companies must achieve a specific proportion when adding in biofuels and receive tax incentives, although only for certified fuels extracted from certified raw materials.”

As a consequence, demand for certified goods is growing. When liquid biomass is used in cogeneration power stations, certification is required to be eligible for remuneration under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

Cerfication for biofuels from waste and residues

The main goals of this initiative are protecting the climate and reducing CO2 emissions. When obtaining fuel from crop products, the scope of use has recently been extended from agricultural crops such as rapeseed, grain and sugar beet to also include the use of waste and residual materials. The debate surrounding the controversial use of agricultural crops for “dinner plate or fuel tank?” has also fuelled this development.

At the start of 2013, a corresponding regulation came into force in the form of the 36th Ordinance for the Implementation of the Federal Emission Protection Act –in short, the 36. BImSchV. The new ordinance has further enhanced the appeal of a biofuel certification. Distributing firms that generate biofuel from waste and residual matter can now have them double-counted as part of the biofuel ratio, subject to certain conditions.

The BLE confirms ISCC and REDcert as appropriate certification systems for value creation from biomass produced from residual materials in accordance with 36. BImSchV. Certified businesses, that for example process non-food material containing cellulose or waste cooking oil, can enhance their competitiveness with a sustainability certificate. Similarly, certain forms of biomass in other countries are also double-counted.


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