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Trusted Solutions for a New World®

Standard Development

As new technology, research and sustainability issues emerge, we work with our members to adapt our Standard.

The RSB is a full member of the ISEAL alliance and has a formal process for how the RSB Standard is developed, adapted and reviewed by its members. All major modifications require a formal consultation, in line with the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice, and approval by RSB members.

Expert Groups

Technical Working Group on Displacement Effects

Over the course of the year 2017, RSB convened a technical working group (TWG) of experts to agree on best practices to address and reduce sustainability risks related to the use of end-of-life products, by-products and residues for biofuel or advanced fuel production. The work of the TWG resulted in the adoption of the RSB Standard of Advanced Fuels at the RSB General Assembly in November 2017.
In 2018, the RSB technical working group will continue its efforts to develop a commonly accepted approach for modelling displacement effects that might occur if material streams are being diverted from other uses. Displacement effects are indirect emissions from producing a replacement feedstock when an economically valuable feedstock is removed from the market. 
The TWG will work on a methodology to quantify displacement effects which are indirect emissions from producing a replacement feedstock when an economically valuable feedstock is removed from the market. The methodology will be added to the already existing RSB Standard for Advanced Fuels to clarify and give guidance to RSB constituents on how to comply with requirement G. of the RSB Standard for Advanced Fuels.
If you are interested in participating in the group and supporting the development of the RSB Standard, please contact our Standards Development Director, Elena Schmidt. 


Standard Revision

Revision of the RSB Standard for the Certification of Bio-products – Public Summary of the Process

The RSB Standard for the Certification of Bio-Products is a supplement to the RSB Principles & Criteria and enables producers of bio-chemicals and bio-products supply chains to receive RSB certification and to demonstrate responsible practice throughout the supply chain.

The scope of the current RSB Standard for the Certification of Bio-Products is global and covers the full supply chain of Bio-products, including plastics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, packaging, tableware, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and many others. As part of the standard revision process a scope extension will be discussed to also cover advanced materials from mass balanced processes or fossil based waste materials.

Revision of the Standard

The RSB Standard is constantly evolving as our world evolves. As new technology, research and sustainability issues emerge, the RSB works with its stakeholders to adapt the Standard. Based on comments received while implementing the Standard, the RSB Secretariat suggests a focus on the following topics during this revision process: 

  • Terminology in the context of Bio-Products
  • Characteristics of Bio-Products and Advanced Products
  • Requirements for correct and transparent claims
  • GHG calculation of Bio-products and GHG emission reduction thresholds
  • Inclusion of fossil based waste feedstocks

Download the Public Summary, including the Standard Setting Procedure, for this revision here.

Standards Development Workplan

Please see the 2018 RSB Standards Development Workplan for a general overview of current standard development activities.

ISEAL - Standard-Setting Code

The RSB is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance which sets Codes of Good Practice for multistakeholder sustainability standards. Compliance with ISEAL requirements is a rigorous process and has only been achieved by a limited number of global sustainability standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council, FairTrade and the Marine Stewardship Council.

The RSB was independently evaluated and found to be in compliance with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code, which defines effective standard-setting processes and increases the credibility of the standard.

An integral component of the RSB’s approach to implementing the Standard-Setting Code is our unique Chamber governance system. In combination with the decision-making mechanism based on consensus that ensures that the voices of all our stakeholders are heard, users of the standard can be sure that our standard covers all sustainability aspects that matter.

We Build Bridges for a Sustainable Future

By working with RSB you can help shape the future of the world bioeconomy – and prove your commitment to a sustainable, thriving future.

RSB Standard

Call for Public Comments

For information about current and past consultations, please visit the Public Consultations page.

RSB Standard

Past Consultations

As new technology, research and sustainability issues emerge, the RSB works with its members to adapt the Standard.

RSB Standard

Standard Documents

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

Case Study

NRDC Recommends Airlines Source Only RSB Certified Biofuels

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s 2016 Aviation Scorecard report recommends that airlines should make public commitments to source only RSB-certified aviation biofuels, and communicate this to fuel and feedstock producers. NRDC also recommends that airlines without delivery contracts for RSB-certified biofuels should explore and secure them at the earliest opportunity.

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