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Biomass Processing Harm the Soil? Ensure with GGL and ISCC Certifications

many countries burn wood pellets for electricity - Minerva Studio (Shutterstock)
many countries burn wood pellets for electricity - Minerva Studio (Shutterstock)

Biomass, GGL and ISCC

Amid the fossil fuel energy crisis, where coal and gas have been the predominant fuels for motor vehicles, a sustainable solution emerges in biomass. The rapid progress of science and technology has positioned biomass as an eco-friendly renewable energy source. However, the uncontrolled production of biomass poses a potential threat, leading to soil damage and jeopardizing the quality and functionality of the land, ultimately endangering humans and other life forms. To mitigate these risks, certifications such as Green Gold Label (GGL) and the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) guarantee responsible practices.


The Role of Green Gold Label (GGL) Certification

The Green Gold Label Foundation introduced the Green Gold Label International Certification in 2002 to ensure responsible biomass energy sourcing. GGL, one of the earliest biomass certification schemes, boasts a unique track record in certifying and tracking sustainable biomass. Accredited third-party bodies conduct certification against GGL, covering the entire supply chain, including production, processing, transport, and final use for bioenergy and biobased applications.


The Green Gold Label focuses on two primary market segments: biomass for producing biobased chemicals and other products and biomass for electricity and heat production. GGL certification provides credibility through independent, yearly audits and a transparent Certification Register documenting issued certificates.


Updates on GGL Certification

Recent updates highlight GGL's recognition for woody biomass certification in Japan, which is accredited for Lifecycle GHG Verification of Woody Biomass under the FIT and FIP systems. This signifies GGL's compliance with the Japanese Forestry Agency's guidelines for the legality and sustainability of wood and wood products.


Further, GGL's approval of the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) module by METI expands its endorsement for supplying Japanese markets. These developments reinforce GGL's commitment to global sustainability standards.


Alternative Biomass Certifications

Apart from GGL, other certifications like the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) provide comprehensive solutions. ISCC, the first international certification system applicable to all types of biomass and bioenergy, focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable land use, and protecting natural habitats. ISCC EU is the first and leading voluntary scheme based on the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED), covering global environmental and social aspects of biomass production. It is compatible with other RED schemes, ensuring compatibility in the supply chain.

ISCC certifications prioritize areas with high biodiversity and carbon storage and avoid certification for peatlands, including regions with high conservation value. ISCC certification assesses sustainable production criteria, management criteria, traceability documentation, and greenhouse gas-saving calculations. The certification scopes cover primary producers, first-gathering points, conversion units, and traders in the supply chain.

Certifying Biomass with ISCC

ISCC EU certification positions your company as an integral member of a RED-certified sustainable supply chain for Europe's biofuel market. The certificate proves compliance with ISCC EU requirements on sustainable biomass production, traceability of origin, and documentation of greenhouse gas savings.

Need Consultation and Accompaniment for Audit?

Certifications like GGL or ISCC are paramount to ensure accountability in biomass production without environmental harm and to expand market sales to Japan and the EU. Before undergoing certification audits, addressing and closing any non-conformities is essential. Peterson Projects and Solutions Indonesia stands ready to assist your company as a consultant in achieving these certifications. Contact us through the provided link for guidance.

We pave the way for a greener future by embracing certifications and sustainable practices. Together, let's commit to preserving our environment and securing a sustainable energy future for future generations.

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