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The RSB developed a certification system based on its Standard involving independent third party certification bodies which are overseen by an independent accreditation body Accreditation Services International.

RSB certification is available for a range of bioenergy and bio-based products. This includes: liquid biofuels as well as biomass and biogas for heating and electricity generation, and bio-products derived from biomass, i.e. material from biological origin produced through agricultural processes and forestry, as well as by-products and residues from the food, feed, timber, paper and other industries. Bio-products can include plastics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, packaging, compostable/biodegradable tableware, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and many others.

The RSB certification model uses a risk management approach, which ensures security and robustness while remaining flexible for participating operators. To match the needs of operators, several “chain of custody” options are proposed (100% segregation, mass balance, etc.). It is also possible to certify groups of producers.

The RSB aims to be the “one-stop shop” for compliance with national and regional market regulations around the world. For example it is recognized by the European Union under its Renewable Energy Directive, and has partnered with Elements Traceability Software to help keep track of biofuel feedstock sustainability data (more information about this can be found in the Elements flyer). Certified entities can then communicate their RSB certification to the public and shareholders to help prove their sustainability to the world.

RSB also works with other robust and credible sustainability standards to promote sustainability in the bioenergy and bio-products markets. These are multi-stakeholder standards that aim to make a genuine positive impact on the environment and society. This cooperation can take the form of mutual recognition as well as support and exchange of knowledge for standard development.

Operators seeking RSB certification may use either the RSB Consolidated EU RED Standards (European Union) or the RSB Global Standards (rest of the world).

Three Steps to Certification
Step 1: Apply
Use our online application (includes self-risk assessment and other tools).
Step 2 : Audit
Choose your auditing agency (to conduct offsite and onsite evaluation).
Step 3 : Certification
Promote your RSB certification to your customers and receive RSB promotion.