Public consultation: Was held from April 30 – June 30, 2016
Approval by Assembly of Delegates: Not yet approved
RSB invited the public to contribute to the revision of the RSB Standard for end-of-life products, by-products and residues which defines how operators may use these feedstocks for biofuel or biomaterial production.
This RSB Standard covers specific terminology relevant for this context, defines applicable sustainability criteria and sets out requirements for traceability.
The review process is fully in line with the ISEAL requirements on standard-setting and includes consultation with the public and RSB members, followed by the approval from the RSB Assembly of Delegates.
Please find a summary of the process here.
Public consultation: Was held from January 28 – March 28, 2015
Approval by Assembly of Delegates: Approved
Results of the public consultation were fed into the discussions among RSB members over the Version 3.0 of the P&Cs, which was approved by the RSB Assembly of Delegates in 2016, following the ISEAL Standard-setting Code (www.isealalliance.org).
Terms of Reference for P&Cs revision
The RSB Principles & Criteria represent the core of the RSB certification system. They describe the environmental and social requirements to be met by certified operators to ensure a sustainable production of biomass and biomaterials.
Please contact the RSB Secretariat for a synopsis showing all comments received and how RSB addressed them in the new version of the standard.
Public consultation: May 15 – July 16
Approval by Assembly of Delegates: September
RSB recognises the complex realities of smallholder production systems and is committed to making the RSB certification requirements more accessible to small producers. In turn, RSB hopes to facilitate small producers’ entry into the mainstream sustainable biomaterials market and improve their livelihood, as well as their communities.
The RSB is developing an adaption of the RSB Standard and certification process for smallholder groups. The adapted standard aims to provide small producers with additional flexibility in the compliance process through a stepwise approach and the waiving of certain requirements. The gathering of smallholders as legal groups, with an appointed representative is an important element of this adapted process. In addition, we are developing specific guidance documents to help smallholder groups throughout the entire process, including the collection of data used for the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions.
Draft documents were developed by EPFL in partnership with AidEnvironment and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and reviewed by the RSB Secretariat. Before approval by RSB Members and Assembly of Delegates, a public consultation period is being conducted to collect additional feedback and suggestions. Any interested party is invited to submit comments and suggestions through one of the means described below.
In November 2009, the RSB Steering Board approved Version One of the RSB Principles & Criteria (P&Cs) and the Certification System for pilot testing after public regional outreaches and extensive consultation of the RSB Chambers.
While the P&Cs describe the sustainability requirements that biofuel operators have to comply with the Certification System defines the rules to enable operators to make verifiable claims of compliance with the RSB. This system covers the entire biofuel supply chain and establishes mechanisms for chain of custody management, for claims and communications, and for a few other issues. The RSB Standard system includes additional documents, such as indicators, guidance and guidelines that provide operators and auditors direction during implementation of the standards.
Since the beginning of 2010, the RSB Standard is being field tested through several pilot projects in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. As decided by the Steering Board in November 2009, the feedback coming from these projects was used to revise and improve the RSB Standard (Version 1.1).Version 1.1 focuses on removing duplications of requirements and resolving contradictions between requirements.
Where pilot projects revealed opportunities for clarification, the Secretariat developed appropriate rewording. It also includes new wording for Principle 3, which reflects the consensus achieved by the Steering Board on Greenhouse gas calculation and threshold.
A one-month public consultation on Version 1.1 was conducted between the 8th of September and the 8th of October 2010. Participants were invited to submit their remarks and suggestions on the Principles & Criteria and associated Guidance by email and on the Bioenergy Wiki www.bioenergywiki.net. As established in the rules of the consultation, all comments are publicly available.
Almost 200 comments and suggestions were received from more than 35 organisations!
In the downloads section alongside this is the summary of changes from Version One to Version 2, including synopsis of the public consultation on Version 1.1, the background documents for the consultation and the compilation of comments received.
Summary of Changes from Version One to Version 2 + synopsis of consultation on Version 1.1
Please note that some comments and suggestions may have not be taken into consideration for the following reasons:
The RSB seeks to be an operational certification standard and begin to issue its first compliance certificates in early 2011. The adoption of Version 2 of the RSB Standard is not the end of the standard development process, but rather the beginning of an evolving standard reflecting current technical, environmental and social realities. The biofuel sector is rapidly changing and the RSB will continue to be open and flexible to integrating new information and technology developments into the Standard to stay relevant into the next decade and beyond. Consequently, regular reviews and new rounds of public consultation on Version 2 will be organised in the future, following ISEAL Code of Conduct.
ASSOBARI (Associação dos Fornecedores de Cana da Região de Bariri) is the first organisation of sugar cane producers in Brazil to earn RSB certification. The RSB certification is for the production and processing of sugarcane by 62 farmers and approximately 1,860 hectares of sugar cane plantations.
The RSB offers trusted, credible tools and solutions for sustainability and biomaterials certification that mitigate business risk, fuels the bioeconomy and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that enables the protection of ecosystems and the promotion of food security.
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