Review the Procedures & Standards Relevant to Your Operation
You should review the RSB Standards and Procedures that apply to your operation. Fill gaps where items and information are missing.
Which RSB Standards and Procedures are applicable to me?
The specific RSB Standards and Procedures are defined by the scope of your operation.
By reviewing the specific certification page, you can find all of the documents that apply, as well as guidance on which ones apply to your specific type of operation.
RSB Global Fuel Certification
RSB Global Advanced Products Certification
RSB EU RED Fuel Certification
RSB CORSIA Certification (coming soon)
RSB Japan FIT (Biomass) Certification
RSB Smallholders Group Certification
RSB Low ILUC Risk Biomass Module (Optional Add-On)
Conduct a Risk Assessment
Use RSB’s Risk Assessment Tool to conduct a self-risk assessment of your operation.
Do I need to use RSB’s Risk Assessment Tool?
Yes. All operators, regardless of type or certification scheme, are required to conduct a self-risk assessment using the RSB Risk Assessment Tool.
What is the RSB Risk Assessment Tool?
This excel-based tool will help operators to identify and evaluate relevant risks in the scope of their operations.
The tool will help you to identify risks that need to be addressed in your management plans and will also identify your risk class, which will determine the length of your certificate validity, audit sampling and other details of your audit.
It should cover all operations and sites included in your certification scope
Complete a self-evaluation against all applicable RSB requirements
A self-evaluation against all applicable requirements should be carried out ahead of the audit.
Do I need to conduct a self-evaluation?
Yes. All operators, regardless of type or certification scheme, should conduct a self-evaluation against the requirements that apply to them.
What is the self-evaluation?
The format of the self-evaluation is not prescribed, but RSB recommends that the self-evaluation be conducted against the auditors checklist (available from your Certification Body). The self-evaluation process will help you to understand your current performance and identify areas and opportunities for improvement. From the self-evaluation, you can address any gaps identified before your audit.
The self-evaluation has to be carried out for the entire scope of certification.
Complete the RSB Screening Tool exercise
If the RSB Principles & Criteria are applicable to your scope, you will need to complete RSB’s Screening Tool. This may trigger you to further complete the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments.
Do I need to complete the RSB Screening Tool?
The screening tool is an exercise that is applicable to all biomass producers and industrial operators (excluding mechanical operators).
It is not applicable to traders and points of origin and collectors of wastes & residues
What is the RSB Screening Tool?
The tool provides instructions related to the implementation of the RSB Principles & Criteria. Completing the exercise will help operators seeking certification to identify:
- the social and environmental aspects relevant to their operations which will need to be more closely monitored, and
- when a more detailed study or assessment of a particular aspect of the standard is required.
Prepare your ESMP
The Environmental & Social Management Plan (ESMP) is an important component of RSB certification and is a central document that pulls together or references all baseline studies, reports, impact assessments, mitigation, management, monitoring and evaluation plans into one location.
Do I need to develop an ESMP?
If the RSB Principles & Criteria are applicable to your scope an ESMP is required. All biomass producers and industrial operators (excluding mechanical operators) should prepare an ESMP.
It is not applicable to traders and points of origin and collectors of wastes & residues.
What is an ESMP?
The ESMP is a living organic document that is constantly updated and improved as the project progresses.
Instead of creating something new, the ESMP can refer to existing CSR / ISO 14001 systems or can be developed in the style of a document that also details your processes for managing traceability (Chain of Custody), GHG emissions calculation and RSB claims.
RSB supplies a template of an ESMP within the RSB Impact Assessment Guidelines, but you may follow any format you prefer (including using existing documentation or management plans).
Calculate your GHG Emissions
The GHG emissions calculation impacts on compliance with RSB’s Principle 3 as well as specific regulatory requirements (eg. EU RED, CORSIA) when applicable, as well as GHG emissions claims.
Do I need to conduct a GHG calculation?
All operators in the RSB system that generate emissions (e.g. biomass producers, transporter, industrial operators) are required to conduct a GHG calculation.
Which GHG calculator can I use?
RSB has developed a GHG Calculation Tool which incorporates the RSB Global, EU RED and CORSIA GHG Calculation methodologies and is available for free to RSB Participating Operators and members.
RSB also allows operators to use other methodologies.
All information on GHG Calculation is available here, including a form to request access to RSB’s tool.
Prepare your Chain of Custody
Do I need to prepare a Chain of Custody Procedure?
All operators in the RSB system are required to develop a Chain of Custody.
RSB allows different options for the chain of custody system you may use:
- Identity Preserved
- Product Segregation
- Mass Balance
- Content Ratio Accounting
- Book & Claim
- Attribution (RSB Global Advanced Products Certification only)
Establishing a robust and transparent system provides traceability for the RSB Certified Material across the entire supply chain and ensures that RSB claims are only carried on products which are compliant with RSB standards.
Which Chain of Custody System can I use?
RSB’s Procedure for Chain of Custody explains which systems can be used and how to implement them.
Develop your RSB Claims
Do I need to develop RSB Claims?
All operators in the RSB system selling RSB certified products are required to develop their RSB claims, according to the RSB Communications & Claims Procedure.
This can include for dispatch notes, product labelling, marketing and anywhere else you will make reference to your RSB certification.
When you have received your RSB certificate, you can make claims about your product being RSB compliant, based on the RSB claims procedure.
RSB provides guidance on claims in the Procedure for Communication and Claims. Prior to your audit you should check which claims you plan to make and if you wish to deviate from the prescribed claims in the procedure, request written permission from the RSB secretariat to use your own claims.