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SGS has been accepted as applicant certification body by the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP). SBP is an industry-led initiative formed in 2013 by major European utilities that use biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets, in large thermal power plants. The new SBP standard aims at allowing the companies active in the biomass sector (producers, traders and end users) to demonstrate compliance with sustainability requirements applicable to the use of solid biomass for power production in different countries in Europe (focusing mostly on UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark for the time being).

The SBP scope covers raw material sourcing, chain of custody and verified GHG emissions throughout the supply chain. SBP does not intend taking the place of the existing forest standards. On the contrary, a COC certification under FSC or PEFC or SFI is an obligatory requirement before being able to apply for SBP certification. When raw material from uncertified source is involved in the production, SBP uses a risk based approach to assess compliance of the forest resources with the SBP requirements.

The geographic scope for which SGS has applied as CB is North America, where the large majority of the industrial wood pellets imported in Europe are produced. The scope can be extended to Europe afterwards (and to other parts of the world if need be).