The RSB Principles & Criteria is the core document of the RSB sustainability framework sets out the general requirements for operations producing, converting and processing biomass, advanced fuels, products and biomaterials.
This standard applies to all operators taking part in the RSB certification system as individual or groups of economic operators (e.g. a group of farmers), with the exception of traders who are not involved in the production, processing or transformation of biomass or any of its derivatives.
The RSB Standard for Advanced Fuels describes the requirements for the production of advanced fuels, including:
• Fuels from biogenic end-of-life products and production residues
• Recycled carbon fuels from non-biogenic end-of-life products and production residues
• Renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin
• Power to X technologies
This standard is applicable to fuel producers, traders, processors and transporters in any region of the world – excluding the EU (if you are within the EU or seeking to trade with it, please use our RSB EU RED Fuel
This RSB Standard for Advanced Products enables producers of non-energy use products and their intermediates to demonstrate sustainable practices throughout their supply chain.
Advanced Products can come in different forms. The following product categories are covered by
• Category I: Products that are bio-based. These products are derived from biomass and have a share of bio-based content not less than 25% present in the product;
• Category II: Products produced from non-biogenic end-of-life products or production residues;
• Category III: Products produced in a production system that processes bio-based feedstock or non-bio-based end-of-life products or production residues in combination with virgin fossil feedstock and that ensures that at least 25% of the virgin fossil feedstock needed to produce the certified product batch are replaced by alternative feedstock (bio-based feedstock or non-bio-based end-of-life products, by-products or residues).
(STD 03-002) RSB Standard for Certification of Smallholder Groups
RSB’s Standard for Certification of Smallholder Groups specifies the RSB requirements for the certification of smallholder groups. Group certification is a mean to enable small-scale farmers (smallholders) to access RSB certification. For individual smallholders, third-party certification is not always an economically viable option. The basic understanding of group certification is that a group of farmers joins together to generate the necessary economies of scale to comply with the standard and system requirements. An appointed management unit will take over the responsibility of managing the certification process and putting the necessary systems in place to ensure the compliance of the individual group members under certification to the respective standard requirements.
(STD 11-001-01-010) RSB EU RED Standard for Advanced Fuels
The RSB EU RED Standard for Advanced Fuels aims to ensure that the use of waste and residues for biofuel production is appropriately addressed within the RSB certification system, by ensuring that negative environmental, social and economic impacts related to their use are minimised and that the requirements upon participating operators are appropriate. An additional intent is that waste and residues are verified back to their origin, as per EC Communication Ares(2014)3359578 from 10/10/2014.
This Standard specifies requirements for operators along the supply chain to produce SAF that is eligible under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and complies with RSB’s sustainability requirements – thus allowing aviation leaders to make powerful claims on GHG reductions and other important sustainability aspects such as food security, environmental protection and human rights.
This standard specifies requirements for operators producing, procuring and importing biomass into Japan under Japan’s Feed in Tariff (FIT) system.
FIT sets out a system of incentives for the production of renewable electricity in Japan which includes subsidies for the procurement of biomass which includes vegetable oils as well as various agricultural and industrial residues and end-of-life products.
RSB’s GHG Calculation Methodology is intended to define the GHG calculation methodology to be used by participating operators in the RSB certification scheme when calculating GHG emissions for the scope of their operations. This standard describes the methodology for calculating GHG emissions as embedded in the RSB Greenhouse Gas Calculator Tool.
Furthermore, the intent of this standard is to ensure that all operators participating in the RSB certification systems use the same, standardised methodology to calculate GHG emissions
11-001-20-001 RSB EU RED Procedure for Traceability (Chain of Custody)
RSB’s EU RED Procedure for Traceability aims to ensure that Participating Operators put in place a robust and transparent chain of custody system that provides traceability for the RSB EU RED and/or EU RED Certified Material (e.g. biomass, chemical intermediaries, biofuel, etc.) acquired from and/or delivered to other operators in the supply chain.
This standard also aims to ensure that sustainability claims based on compliance with RSB standards only accompany material that is acquired, handled, and forwarded by RSB certified operators according to the requirements included in this standard.
20-001 RSB Procedure for Traceability (Chain of Custody)
RSB’s Procedure for Traceability aims to ensure that Participating Operators put in place a robust and transparent chain of custody system that provides traceability for the RSB Certified Material acquired from and/or delivered to other operators in the supply chain.
The RSB Standard for Participating Operators sets out the conditions operators shall meet when taking part in RSB certification systems. Operators taking part in RSB certification systems are referred to as ‘Participating Operators’ (POs). POs have control over, and take full responsibility for, all operations, processes, activities and sites in connection with putting RSB standards in place at all times.
This standard also describes the role of the RSB Secretariat.
RSB’s Procedure on Communications and Claims sets out the requirements Participating Operators must meet when using the RSB trademarks (e.g. RSB name, RSB logo, RSB Strapline, RSB on-product label) and compliance claims in association with certified products (“product-related claims”), as well as in general communication.
RSB’s Procedure for Risk Management aims to make sure that Participating Operators identify, evaluate, mitigate and monitor the risk(s) related to their operations while putting in place RSB standards and procedures.
RSB Methodology for Displacement Effects (Voluntary Add-On)
Displacement emissions are indirect emissions from producing a replacement feedstock when an economically valuable feedstock is removed from the market.
This Standard describes the methodology to estimate displacement emission risk level.
RSB Standard Amendment – RSB requirements for woody biomass
This RSB Standard Amendment has been developed with the aim to review and clarify the approach of the RSB towards woody biomass, related to adequate sustainability requirements (RSB Principles & Criteria) as well as the calculation of Greenhouse Gas emissions. The RSB certification system is a risk-based system which means that several tools and mechanisms are available to en-sure that the focus of the implementation and auditing is set at areas that matter most in a specific context (for example: RSB Screening Tool, RSB Approach for Waste and Residues reflected in the RSB Standards for Advanced Fuels and Advanced Products) while removing barriers to certification for low-risk feedstocks.
STD 03-001 RSB Principles & Criteria for Smallholder Groups
The RSB Principles and Criteria for Smallholder Groups presents the RSB Principles, Criteria and Requirements for the production of biomass feedstock by smallholders and for micro and small‐scale feedstock processing and biomass production. The RSB Principles, Criteria and Requirements are derived from the RSB P&C version 2.0.
The objective of RSB’s Standard for EU Market Access [RSB-STD-11-001], is to guarantee compliance of the RSB EU RED certification system with the EU sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids, in order to ensure recognition of the RSB EU RED certification system by the EU as proof of compliance of biofuels and bioliquids with the EU sustainability criteria as defined in Directive 2018/2001/EU on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (EU RED) and in the Fuel Quality Directive (2009/30/EC). This version 4.0 of the standard takes into account all changes in this regulatory context as laid down in European Union’s Directive 2015/1513 and 2018/2001.