RSB Sustainability Standards

castor plantThe sets of standards describe the requirements related to RSB certification. The global set of standards applies to any type of feedstock worldwide, whereas the RSB EU-RED consolidated standards is an adaptation of the RSB standards developed for compliance with the Renewable Energy Directive, which defines the land-use and GHG criteria for biofuels entering the EU market. The RSB EU RED standards received the recognition of the European Commission on July 19, 2011.

Please note that the most important standard documents are also available in Spanish, Chinese and French.

For RSB Indicators, Guidance, Guidelines and other Tools please visit the specific RSB Tools & Guidelines page.

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EU-RED Global
RSB Principles & Criteria RSB-STD-11-001-01-001 RSB-STD-01-001
RSB List of Documents All the standards are listed in this document, with corresponding references and versions. RSB List of Documents
Use of Terms RSB-DOC-11-001-01-001 RSB-DOC-01-001
Glossary of Terms This standard specifies the terms used in RSB standards, and provides definitions for these terms. While implementing RSB standards, all users shall refer to and use the definitions provided in this standard. RSB-DOC-11-001-10-002 RSB-DOC-10-002
RSB Grievance Procedure The aim of this procedure is to ensure that grievances against the implementation of RSB policies and procedures, recognized certifiers, their certification decisions, and RSB members are handled in a timely, comprehensive, consistent, transparent, and effective manner. RSB-PRO-65-001
Standard for EU Market Access This standard specifies the requirements for the adaptation of RSB standards to the EU regulation (RED). The final document will be published shortly, pending the publication of the European Commission’s Communication on the recognition of voluntary schemes. RSB-STD-11-001
RSB GHG Calculation Methodology RSB-STD-01-003-01
RSB Fossil Fuel Baseline Calculation Methodology RSB-STD-01-003-02
RSB Standard for Certification of Bio-products This standard specifies the requirements (sustainability, chain-of-custody and claims)for certification of non-energy products derived from biomass. RSB-STD-02-001
RSB Phase-in Procedure (New!) This procedure specifies the conditions under which operators, certification bodies and accreditation bodies shall implement new and revised standards and procedures. RSB-PRO-01-001
Standard for participating operators (Updated!) This standard specifies the generic requirements for participation of operations producing, converting, processing, trading and using biomass/biofuels, in the RSB certification systems. RSB-STD-11-001-30-001 RSB-STD-30-001
Procedure on communication and claims (Updated!) This procedure specifies the requirements for communication of and claims to the RSB certification systems (e.g. participation in, evaluation by, compliance with, etc.). RSB-PRO-11-001-50-001 RSB-PRO-50-001
Standard for risk management (Updated!) This standard specifies the requirements for risk-assessment for operations producing, converting, processing, trading and using biomass/biofuels in the RSB certification systems. RSB-STD-11-001-60-001 RSB-STD-60-001
Chain of custody standard (Updated!) This standard specifies the requirements for the tracking of certified biomass/biofuels product through the supply chain from primary production through conversion, processing, and trade to end use. RSB-STD-11-001-20-001 RSB-STD-20-001
RSB Principles & Criteria for Smallholder Groups (New!) This standard specifies the adapted Principles & Criteria for smallholder groups. RSB-STD-03-001
RSB Standard for Certification of Smallholder Groups (New!) This standard specifies the certification requirements for smallholder groups. RSB-STD-03-002
RSB Procedures for Development/Modification of Standards, Procedures and Guidance
Procedure for Development and Modification of RSB Standards This procedure specifies the requirements for the development and modification of RSB standards. RSB-PRO-15-001
Procedure for Development and Modification of RSB Procedures This procedure specifies the requirements for the development and modification of RSB procedures. RSB-PRO-25-001
Procedure for Development and Modification of RSB Guidance This procedure specifies the requirements for the development and modification of RSB guidance. RSB-PRO-35-001
Standards on rules and interfaces for adaptation of the RSB Principles & Criteria (RSB-STD-15)
Standard for adaptation to crop specific conditions This standard specifies the requirements for the adaptation of RSB standards to crop specific conditions. RSB-STD-15-001
Standard for adaptation to geographic conditions This standard specifies the requirements for the adaptation of RSB standards to geographic conditions. RSB-STD-15-002
Standard for adaptation to biomass production standards This standard specifies the requirements for the adaptation of RSB standards to biomass production standards. RSB-STD-15-003
Standards for Certification Bodies (RSB-STD-70)
General requirements for Certification Bodies RSB-STD-11-001-70-001 RSB-STD-70-001
Requirements for Auditor qualification RSB-STD-11-001-70-002 RSB-STD-70-002
Requirements for evaluation of and reporting on participating operators RSB-STD-11-001-70-003 RSB-STD-70-003
Requirements for Certification Bodies risk management RSB-STD-11-001-70-004 RSB-STD-70-004
General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies This standard is presented as a complement to ISO/IEC 17011:2004 (E), which specifies certain aspects in addition to the ISO standard, clarifies and interprets some requirements, based on the needs of the RSB standards and the RSB certification systems. RSB-STD- 11-001-75-001 RSB-STD-75-001
Standard on Requirements for Adaptation during the Start-up Phase (NEW VERSION!) This standard is intended to identify areas which require modification for certification activities to commence in first quarter 2011 that will be valid during the interim period from March 1 2011 until March 1 2015. RSB-STD-80-001
Other Standards and Policies
RSB Standard for certification of biofuels based on end-of-life-products, residues and by-products (Updated!)

RSB-STD-01-010

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