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RSB’s library is a repository of all documents relating to membership, certification, our sustainability framework, standards and procedures, and other general RSB publications.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us at [email protected].

(STD 01-001) RSB Principles & Criteria

  • Reference code: RSB-STD-01-001
  • Version: 4
  • Date: November 2023
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.
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01-003-02 RSB Fossil Fuel Baseline Calculation Methodology

  • Reference code: RSB-STD-01-003-02
  • Version: 2.1
  • Date: May 2011
RSB’s Fossil Fuel Baseline Calculation Methodology is intended to encompass the calculation of the fossil fuel baseline for gasoline, diesel and jey kerosene. The fossil fuel baseline contained in this document is to be used by RSB Participating Operators when demonstrating compliance with Principle 3 on GHG Emissions.
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15-001 RSB Procedure for Development and Modification of RSB Standards, RSB Procedures and RSB Guidance

  • Reference code: RSB-PRO-15-001
  • Version: 3.2
  • Date: January 2020
The RSB Procedure for Development and Modification of RSB Standards, RSB Procedures and RSB Guidance describes how RSB Standards, RSB Procedures and RSB Guidance are developed and modified. The process outlined in this document is intended to be open and transparent in compliance with the ISEAL (International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labeling) Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.
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20-001-001 RSB Book and Claim Manual

  • Reference code: RSB-PRO-20-001-001
  • Version: 3.0
  • Date: March 2023
This procedure describes the principles and rules of the RSB Book & Claim System, which consists of the RSB Book & Claim Manual and the RSB Registry (and network of recognised registries).
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20-001-002 Procedure for Registry Book & Claim Recognition

  • Reference code: RSB-PRO-20-001-002
  • Version: 1.0
  • Date: March 2024
The RSB Book & Claim Recognition Procedure describes the requirements and the process that an independent book and claim registry operator must fulfil to demonstrate compliance with principles outlined in the RSB Book & Claim Manual.
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45-001 RSB Procedure for Risk Management

  • Reference code: RSB-PRO-45-001
  • Version: 1.2
  • Date: December 2023
This procedure describes a risk management system based on the international standard ISO 31000 (Risk management – Principles and guidelines).
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65 RSB Grievance Procedure

  • Reference code: RSB-PRO-65
  • Version: 3.1
  • Date: August 2016
RSB’s Grievance Procedure ensures that grievances against the implementation of RSB policies and procedures, recognised certification bodies, their certification decisions, and RSB members are handled in a timely, comprehensive, consistent, transparent, and effective manner.
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70-001 RSB Procedure for Certification Bodies and Auditors

  • Reference code: RSB-PRO-70-001
  • Version: 4.1
  • Date: December 2023
The RSB Procedure for Certification Bodies (CBs) and Auditors ensures that RSB CBs carry out evaluations and certification of operators against the RSB Standard in a stringent, efficient, impartial, consistent, comprehensive and transparent way. This procedure is based on the requirements of the international standards ISO/IEC 17065, ISO 19011, ISAE 3000 as well as the ISEAL Assurance Code.
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75-001 RSB Procedure for Accreditation Bodies

  • Reference code: RSB-PRO-75-001
  • Version: 3.1
  • Date: February 2018
RSB’s Procedure for Accreditation Bodies ensures that accreditation bodies operating schemes for the accreditation of certification bodies take into account the specific features and requirements of the RSB standards and RSB certification systems and operate in a consistent, reliable and credible manner thereby facilitating their acceptance on a national and international basis.
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GUI-01-008-02 RSB Certification Protocol and Guidance for Harvesting Corn Stover as a Feedstock for Biofuels or Bio-products

  • Reference code: RSB-GUI-01-008-02
  • Version: 1
  • Date: November 2017
RSB’s Certification Protocol and Guidance for Harvesting Corn Stover as a Feedstock for Biofuels or Bioproducts provides decision makers information regarding the practices and the metrics that should be followed by farmers and auditors to ensure that any removal of corn stover for cellulosic biofuel or bioproduct production is done in a way that complies with the RSB Principles & Criteria
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PRO-01-001 RSB Phase-in Procedure

  • Reference code: RSB-PRO-01-001
  • Version: 1
  • Date: June 2014
“The RSB Phase-In Procedure describes how and when RSB participating operators, certification bodies and accreditation body shall put in place RSB new standards/procedures and/or new versions of existing RSB standards/procedures. For any new document, a phase-in period is allowed in order to minimise the disruption of certification and accreditation processes.”
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RSB List of Documents

  • Reference code: RSB-DOC-10-001
  • Date: May 2021
List of RSB Documents & References
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RSB Methodology for Displacement Effects (Voluntary Add-On)

  • Reference code: RSB-STD-04-002
  • Version: 1.0
  • Date: December 2018
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.
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RSB Standards Workplan 2019-2020

  • Date: January 2019
RSB’s Standards Workplan covers all planned work to the RSB Standards during 2019-2020
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RSB Standards Workplan 2021-2022

  • Date: January 2021
RSB’s Standards Workplan covers all planned work to the RSB Standards during 2021-2022
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RSB Standards Workplan 2023

  • Date: February 2023
RSB’s Standards Workplan covers all planned work to the RSB Standards during 2023.
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RSB Standards Workplan 2024

  • Date: October 2023
RSB’s Standards Workplan covers all planned work to the RSB Standards during 2024.
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STD 01-002 RSB Glossary of Terms

  • Reference code: RSB-STD-01-002
  • Version: 1.5
  • Date: December 2023
The RSB Glossary of Terms provides definitions for all relevant terminology within the RSB system.
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STD 15-001 RSB Standard for Adaptation to Crop Specific Conditions

  • Reference code: RSB-STD-15-001
  • Version: 2.1
  • Date: March 2011
“The RSB Standard for Adapatation to Crop Specific Conditions ensures that the RSB Principles & Criteria (and corresponding indicators) can be adapted to the political, legal, customary and/or technical social, environmental, cultural, ethical and/or economic conditions specific to the cultivation of a determined crop. ”
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STD 15-002 RSB Standard for Adaptation to Geographic Conditions

  • Reference code: RSB-STD-15-002
  • Version: 2.1
  • Date: March 2011
The RSB Standard for Adapatation to Geographic Conditions ensures that the RSB Principles & Criteria (and corresponding indicators) can be adapted to the political, legal, customary and/or technical social, environmental, cultural, ethical and/or economic conditions in a particular geographic regions.
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STD 15-003 RSB Standard for Adaptation to Biomass Production Standards

  • Reference code: RSB-STD-15-003
  • Version: 2.1
  • Date: March 2011
The RSB Standard for Adapatation to Biomass Production Standards ensures that RSB Principles, RSB Criteria and RSB Indicators can be adapted to integrate existing biomass production standards in the scope of certification of conformance with RSB Principles & Criteria. To this end the standard defines the requirements for the analysis of gaps between RSB Principles & Criteria and existing biomass production standards, for the development of RSB Interface Standards where necessary and for the process from application to decision on approval by RSB.
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