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.

Energy: Fast Facts

In 2017, bioenergy including (biomass for heat and power generation) accounted for 70% of renewable energy consumption

Globally, 3.2 million people work in the bioenergy supply chain.

IRENA estimates bioenergy could account for half of the renewable energy needed in 2030 to meet climate targets. ​


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.

Practical Solutions for the Energy Sector with RSB

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.

RSB Sector Lead

Project Manager - Ethiopia

Sector Lead - Energy

Key Benefits

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.

  • GHG Calculation Tool: RSB’s Greenhouse Gas calculation tool is a market-leading tool that can calculate emissions for cultivation, transport and industrial processing based on fewer default values and more real activity testing to deliver extremely reliable outcomes when compared with other calculators.
  • RSB Standard for Japan Feed in Tariff (FIT): RSB’s Japan FIT Standard supports operators along the biomass supply chain to deliver biomass for power production demonstrate their compliance with Japan’s FIT legislation.
  • Advanced Fuels: RSB covers all the requirements related to the waste and residues supply chain and industrial processing of biomass. 
  • Traceability: RSB enables a variety of chain-of-custody systems to track feedstock from source to end use.
  • Forest Biomass:  RSB’s forest biomass requirements aim to ensure effective management of forests to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services to ensure the sustainable harvesting and processing of forest residues.

RSB Advisory Services

RSB offers a range of tailored advisory services to unlock our expertise and promote sustainability in the energy sector.

These include:


Support to formulate feedstock sourcing policies that consider sustainability risks and unintended consequences.


Develop sustainability risk assessments for different fuel pathways – covering feedstock production, GHG assessment, fuel processing.


Sustainable feedstock resource assessments uncover the potential feedstock production capacity at regional, national and international level based on sustainability criteria and regional, crop and temporal specific conditions.

What Others Say

  • “Sustainability is inherent to our business model and the right thing to do. RSB offers Tasma a great platform to foster customer trust by verifying our commitment to sustainable operations.”

    Harshad Bhat
    Vice President, Tasma Bioenergy


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.

Through its most trusted certification scheme, RSB enables companies across the bio-based, advanced products, and circular economy to demonstrate real and credible sustainability.

RSB provides expert consultancy through its advisory services, which are grounded in the highest levels of social and environmental sustainability, and are designed to support our clients’ most crucial needs throughout their supply chains — as they seek to transition to a positive impact and circular economy.

By building partnerships across sectors, RSB is using the power of its sustainability standard through driving collective action to address the systems changes required to enable people and the planet to thrive.

RSB engages in targeted advocacy to support policy makers around the world in embedding meaningful and trusted sustainability – as outlined in the RSB Standard – into legislation, policy, and regulations.

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