This optional certification add-on is for use by any operator wishing to demonstrate their operation’s low risk of causing indirect land use change as an addition to their main RSB certification.
Being certified against RSB’s low ILUC risk module allows operators to make use of low ILUC risk biomass claims and labels to demonstrate to their investors, buyers and civil society stakeholders that the GHG emission reductions are real and there is a low risk of causing indirect land use change.
RSB’s voluntary Low ILUC risk module recognises three approaches for demonstrating low ILUC risk.
- Yield Increase: Operators demonstrate that additional biomass for biofuel/biomaterial was produced through an increase in yield compared to a reference date, without any additional land conversion.
- Unused/Degraded Land: Operators demonstrate that biomass for biofuel/biomaterial was produced on land that was not previously cultivated or was not considered arable land (a reference date is also used).
- Use of waste/residues: Operators demonstrate that raw material used for biofuel/biomaterial is derived from waste or residues of existing supply chains (e.g. food production, wood processing etc.) and do not require dedicated production out of arable lands.