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About the RSB Standard

Our Standard is the most robust and trusted worldwide.

The RSB Standard is uniquely positioned to cover any bio-based feedstock, biomass-derived material and any advanced fuel, as well as complete supply-chains and novel technologies. Composed of a variety of different standards, the RSB Standard has been designed and continuously developed to support certification in all circumstances, anywhere in the world.

Learn more about why our Standard is considered Best in Class here.

What does our Standard cover?

Bio-based Feedstock
Biofuel
Advanced Fuel
Bio-based Products
Complete supply-chains
Novel biomass and biomaterial technologies

The RSB Standard covers all bioenergy, bioproducts and other biomaterials derived from biological origin (biomass). Bio-based feedstocks include:

corn starch, soy, palm, canola, sugar beet, sugar cane, algae, municipal solid waste, agricultural residues and industrial waste and residues.

The production of biofuels, most often bioethanol and biodiesel, is covered by the RSB Standard. Biofuels are produced from biogenic sources such as:

– Sugar crops (sugar cane, beet, sweet sorghum)
– Starch crops (corn, wheat, sweet potatoes, cassava)
– Lignocellulose (plant matter such as grass, agricultural and forestry residues – often called cellulosic biomass)
– Natural oils (lipids, oils, natural and animal fats)

Our Standard for Advanced Fuels additionally covers fuels produced from fossil-based waste and residue materials and electricity pathways that may not include biogenic feedstocks. Advanced Fuels are:

1. Biofuels from end-of-life products, by-products and residues (biogenic)
2. Waste-based fossil fuels
3. Renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin

Bio-based products are derived from material of biological origin produced through agricultural processes and forestry, as well as by-products and residues from the food, feed, timber, paper and other industries. All such bio-based products and by-products can be certified under the RSB Standard.

The RSB Standard allows for the certification of complete supply chains involved in the cultivation, processing, trade, transport, blending and other production of any biomass-derived material or advanced fuel.

Our Standard enables the certification of new and novel biomaterial or advanced technologies – including novel feedstocks, products and processing techniques.

Why Use The RSB Standard?

Global Recognition
Tool-kits & Guidance
Risk Reduction
Supports the Development of the Global Bioeconomy

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Global Recognition

Our most trusted, peer-reviewed standard which covers biofuels and all types of biomaterials, and evaluates the whole supply chain, is recognised worldwide.

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Tool-kits & Guidance

Our Standard is accompanied by comprehensive guidance and tools, developed by technical experts, to assist in operators in applying the Standard successfully. Our tools help achieve sustainability across continents in an efficient and ethical way, and will also assist operators to calculate emissions.

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Risk Reduction

The RSB Standard is supported up by a user-friendly certification process that reduces risk for all stakeholders involved. It is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and specifically addresses ecosystem services, food security, rural and social development and water availability.

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Supports the Development of the Global Bioeconomy

The RSB, its member network, partnerships and certified projects represent best practice in sustainability and promote the development of the bioeconomy.

The RSB Standard in Action

Any bio-based feedstock, biofuels, biomass-derived products or by-products can be certified to the RSB Standard. The RSB Standard also covers complete supply chains, as well as novel biomass and biomaterial technologies. Read more about Certification here.

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Global

1. The RSB Standard is global, and applicable to all bio-based feedstocks.

2. The RSB Standard doesn’t just cover biofuels. Indeed, rather than being for specific commodities or markets, the RSB Standard can also be applied to all biomaterials and therefore supports the global bioeconomy.

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3. The RSB Standard is designed with industry stakeholders, with a clear appreciation of real world production, processing and marketing challenges. It is updated regularly with members taking an active role.

4. The RSB Standard is backed up by a user-friendly certification scheme that is risk-based and focuses on the issues that matter most.

5. The RSB Standard is accompanied by comprehensive guidance documents, developed by technical experts to help achieve sustainability in an efficient way.

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6. The RSB Standard is based on a full set of principles and criteria covering all crucial sustainability issues. Selecting certification to the RSB Standard demonstrates genuine commitment to the future of ethical, sustainable and credibly-sourced biomaterials, and ensures your sustainability scheme meets global challenges including climate, biodiversity, hunger and poverty.

7. The RSB Standard is the strongest and most trusted of its kind, recognised as such by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and widely recognised by regulatory authorities in Europe, the US and elsewhere, allowing RSB-certified products swift approval and preferential market access.

8. The RSB is a full International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) member. ISEAL membership confers the highest credibility on sustainability standards, and the RSB complies with all of ISEAL’s rigorous and internationally recognised codes.

The 12 RSB Principles

There are 12 RSB principles, together they provide a foundation for sustainable production.

Prove your Supply Chain’s Sustainability

RSB certification goes the extra mile to ensure that your supply chain is provably sustainable and secure.

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Standard Development

RSB is a full member of the ISEAL alliance and The RSB Standard is constantly evolving to adapt to new technology, incorporate new research and insights into sustainability issues.

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Standard Documents

Download the documents relating to the certification standard, guidelines and guidance for operators and assurance system standard and other standards.

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Tools & Guidance

RSB Guidance on Principles & Criteria helps operators develop an understanding of the significance of the minimum and progress requirements under each of the 12 RSB Principles.

Case Study

WWF “Greener Skies” Report Encourages Airlines to Seek RSB Certification via “low ILUC risk” Module.

RSB certification is one way biofuel producers can demonstrate that their direct operations promote sustainable development.

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