Over half of global renewable energy generation is based on biomass. Non-fuel energy derived from biomass and advanced feedstocks is used for heat and power generation around the world – from homes to large scale power generation plants. The use of biomass and advanced feedstocks for this type of energy generation is increasing rapidly to meet global demands for decarbonisation and social & environmental sustainability.
Governments are using biomass to replace coal and nuclear power and increasingly companies are shifting to biomass for heat generation to reduce GHG emissions from their operations and reduce other negative impacts associated with fossil resource consumption. However, this energy is not inherently sustainable or low emission. Ensuring that energy from biomass and advanced feedstocks provides positive social and environmental impacts along the supply chain requires energy producers ensure that their feedstocks do not have negative impacts on biodiversity, soil fertility and provide tangible GHG emission reductions.
The RSB Standard provides an approach to ensure that biomass and advanced feedstocks from crops, wastes and residues have a net positive impact. RSB certification ensures that non-fuel energy is produced according to our 12 sustainability principles and criteria.
The RSB Standard can be applied across the entire supply chain for biomass production (crop-based biomass), and bio-based and advanced sources of waste and residues for non-fuel energy.
RSB certification is approved by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to demonstrate compliance with the sustainability requirements for palm residues under Japan’s Feed in Tariff (FIT) system.
RSB is submitting the revised RSB EU RED Standard for recognition under recast (EU RED II) requirements. Under the new standard, bioenergy (or solid and gaseous ‘biomass fuels’ under EU terminology) is now included, with specific GHG reduction requirements from 2021.
The RSB’s pioneering approach drives continuous improvement and adaptation to new market challenges and opportunities. With credible solutions, innovative and advanced approaches to the latest sustainability challenges, we can deliver clear benefits and value to partners across the supply chain to the energy sector.
By creating solutions to ensure the sustainability of evolving bio-based and circular production, agricultural and energy systems, RSB is helping to drive a just transition to a net positive world.
By 2030, the RSB will have supported the emergence of a new world bioeconomy founded on social, economic and environmental considerations that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – reducing climate impacts, enhancing food security and rural development, and protecting ecosystems.