Your shareholders, investors and customers will trust your product claims and you reduce the risk of being targeted by the media or NGOs for unethical practices.
Widely recognised by regulatory authorities in Europe, the US and elsewhere, RSB-certified products gain swift approval and preferential access to the incentivised EU market and aviation sector.
RSB certification is the most trusted and peer reviewed of its kind, and is globally accepted by WWF, IUCN and NRDC as being at the forefront of sustainability.
In areas of poverty, the RSB ensures that the production of biomaterials enhances food security and local livelihoods.
Certification mandates biodiversity preservation, as well as best practices in land and water management.
The RSB works with the private sector and its multi-stakeholder members to make sure that sustainability requirements remain efficient and practical to implement.
Certification is widely recognised by regulatory authorities in Europe, the US and elsewhere, allowing RSB-certified products swift approval, and preferential market access.
There is a choice of RSB Standards to which you can be certified. RSB is happy to advise you on the best standard for your operation.
For biofuel producers in the EU, or selling into the EU, RSB EU RED Standard is the appropriate choice.
For biofuel producers in other regions, the RSB Global Standard may be a better fit.
For producers of bio-based materials, or biochemicals, then the RSB Bioproducts Standard should be used.
For smallholders, the RSB Smallholder Standard can be used.
RSB Low Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC) is a voluntary addition for operators wishing to make “low iLUC risk” claim.
• Perennial Grasses
• Annual Crops
• Short Rotation Coppice Woody Biomass
• Crop Residues
• Municipal Solid Waste
• Industrial Wastes and Residues
• Forestry Residues and Other Forestry Products
• Traditional Biofuels: Biodiesel and Ethanol
• Cellulosic Ethanol
• Drop-In Biofuels
• Renewable Base Oils
• Plant Oils and Animal Fats
• Starches and Sugars
• Feed and Nutritionals
• Energy Pellets and Chips
Among other bioproducts
The RSB works with other credible sustainability standards, such as other ISEAL Alliance members, to promote sustainability in the bioenergy and bio-products markets. These are multi-stakeholder standards that include a clear balance between the voice of industry and civil society and that aim to make a genuine positive impact on the environment and communities.
When RSB recognises another voluntary certification scheme, audits are simplified and one audit can be done for two certifications. It allows other voluntary schemes to access diverse global markets and allows biomaterial certified by other schemes to enter an RSB-certified supply chain.
Before recognising another certification scheme, the RSB conducts an in-depth review to identify equivalencies and gaps between the RSB and the other standard. It also identifies any additional requirements to be met by an operator already certified under the other scheme, in order for them to become RSB certified. Guidance and checklists are then developed for certification bodies to carry out ‘top-up’, or joint audits.
If you are already certified by Bonsucro, FSC or SAN, contact us to learn more about how to get RSB certified in conjunction with your existing certification.
Voluntary standards who wish to be considered for RSB recognition should contact us.
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is a global initiative of the food industry for sustainable agriculture. SAI Platform develops tools and guidance to support global and local sustainable sourcing and agriculture practices. Using its Principles and Practices as a starting point, SAI Platform created and tested the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA). Based on an independent benchmark, SAI Platform recognizes that operators certified against the RSB standard reach automatically the “Silver” status.
This document sets out the conditions operators shall meet for complying with the “Gold” Level of the FSA.
In March 2014, RSB completed a study revealing that Bonsucro certified sugarcane could be considered compliant with most of the RSB’s 12 Principles and Criteria, with the exception of the Principles on Rural and Social Development and Food Security.
In March 2013, RSB recognised that that FSC certified forests could be considered compliant with the 12 Principles and Criteria of the RSB Standard, with the exception of the Principles on Greenhouse Gas and Food Security.
In 2012, RSB recognised that Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms (certified according to the SAN standard) could be considered compliant with the RSB Standard except for criteria on greenhouse gas and food security.
Biofuels and other biomaterials certified by any EU recognised Voluntary Sustainability Scheme can be accepted by RSB certified operators into their chain of custody.
For more information on EU recognised Voluntary Sustainability Schemes, click here
All eligible virgin materials are accepted.
In South Africa, RSB partnered with Sunchem SA and SkyNRG who developed a novel energy tobacco crop called “Solaris”. Solaris is a traditionally cross-bred variety of tobacco that contains no nicotine, has high seed and limited leaf production compared to traditional tobacco. These normally undesirable traits make Solaris an ideal feedstock for biofuel production.
The RSB offers trusted, credible tools and solutions for sustainability and biomaterials certification that mitigate business risk, fuel the bioeconomy, and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that enable the protection of ecosystems and the promotion of food security.
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