What is sustainable biomass with certification?
Biomass – Sustainably sourced with certification is any biomass that has supporting certification documentation from a sustainably sourced biomass program (e.g. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), ISCC Biomass Certification, Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) Certification, Better Biomass Certification, Country Specific Certification, etc.)
Biomass - Without sustainably sourced biomass certification is any biomass that is not certified through a sustainably sourced biomass program.
If a facility uses biomass onsite, when purchasing biomass, the facility should request the supplier to provide a valid certificate if they claim their source is sustainable. If they can’t provide a certification that confirms their biomass indeed comes from a sustainable source, then the chance of that biomass being truly sustainable, is very low.
In such scenarios, the facility cannot choose Biomass from sustainable sources. Facility has to choose Biomass - Without sustainably sourced biomass certification as the energy source.
Sourcing Biomass from non-certified sources currently does not impact the scoring as per Higg FEM. However, as the demand is increasing from stakeholders like brands and retailers, facilities are encouraged to look for other options and if they can find alternate sources, then it's recommended to plan the switch to certified sources or get your current sources certified through a recognized certification system.
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