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About Certification

If you are RSB certified, you are demonstrating your commitment to a credible bioeconomy based on ethical, sustainable and credibly-sourced biomaterials.

If you produce biomass, or are involved with biofuels or biomaterials, then you can be certified to the RSB standard.

The RSB is the world’s most trusted, valued and peer-reviewed organisation that offers advisory, membership and certification services for sustainable biomaterials on a global scale. The RSB, its member network, partnerships and certified projects represent best practice in sustainability and promote the development of a healthy bioeconomy.

Certification Benefits

Identify and mitigate risks
Unlock new markets
Credibility

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Identify and mitigate risks

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.

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Unlock new markets

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.

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Credibility

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.

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Certification Fees

The cost of RSB Certification is determined by a variety of factors.

Download our Fee Calculation Tool and find out which fees will apply to you.

The Pillars of Certification

Social
Environmental
Economic
Widely recognised by regulatory authorities

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Social

In areas of poverty, the RSB ensures that the production of biomaterials enhances food security and local livelihoods.

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Environmental

Certification mandates biodiversity preservation, as well as best practices in land and water management.

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Economic

The RSB works with the private sector and its multi-stakeholder members to make sure that sustainability requirements remain efficient and practical to implement.

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Widely recognised

Certification is widely recognised by regulatory authorities in Europe, the US and elsewhere, allowing RSB-certified products swift approval, and preferential market access.

Types of Certification

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.

RSB EU RED Standard
RSB Global Standard
RSB Bioproducts Standard
RSB Smallholder Standard
RSB Low Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC)

RSB EU RED Standard

For biofuel producers in the EU, or selling into the EU, RSB EU RED Standard is the appropriate choice.

RSB Global Standard

For biofuel producers in other regions, the RSB Global Standard may be a better fit.

RSB Bioproducts Standard

For producers of bio-based materials, or biochemicals, then the RSB Bioproducts Standard should be used.

RSB Smallholder Standard

For smallholders, the RSB Smallholder Standard can be used.

RSB Low Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC)

RSB Low Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC) is a voluntary addition for operators wishing to make “low iLUC risk” claim.

View our Certification Process

Our easy to follow process will help you on the way to certification.

What can be Certified

Certification to RSB standards doesn’t cover just biofuels. Any bio-based feedstock, biomass, derived bioproducts or by-products can be certified.  RSB can also certify a complete supply chain, as well as novel biomass and biomaterial technologies such as oil and sugar based biofuels, cellulosic ethanol and chemicals, renewable diesel and biojet, bioplastics, biolubricants, and other bio-based chemicals.
 
Biomass
Bioproducts

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Biomass

• Perennial Grasses
• Annual Crops
• Algae
• Oilseeds
• Short Rotation Coppice Woody Biomass
• Crop Residues
• Municipal Solid Waste
• Industrial Wastes and Residues
• Forestry Residues and Other Forestry Products

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Bioproducts

• Traditional Biofuels: Biodiesel and Ethanol
• Cellulosic Ethanol
• Drop-In Biofuels
• Bioplastics
• Bio-lubricants
• Renewable Base Oils
• Plant Oils and Animal Fats
• Starches and Sugars
• Feed and Nutritionals
• Energy Pellets and Chips
• Biochemicals
• Cosmetics
• Pharmaceuticals

Among other bioproducts

Collaboration with Other Standards

Helping operators meet the requirements of multiple standards through joint audits

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.

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI)
Bonsucro
FSC
Sustainable Agriculture Network
EU Recognised Voluntary Sustainability Schemes

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI)

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.

Bonsucro

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.

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FSC

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.

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SAN

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.

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EU Recognised Voluntary Sustainability Schemes

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.

Find your Certification Documents

Before applying for certification, operators should select which type of certification they require.
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Certification Documents

Before applying for certification operators should select which type of certification they require.

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Participating Operators

Partner with RSB for real change.

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Call for Public Comments

RSB has a two week call for public comment period for any RSB certification applicant.

Case Study

Sunchem, Project Solaris Case Study Published

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.

About Us

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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