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GGL 1d Scope Expansion and Compliance Requirements


GGL 1d Requirement Update

In the ever-evolving landscape of biomass certification, staying ahead of the curve is paramount for industry players seeking sustainable practices and market compliance. The Global Green Labeling (GGL) initiative has been at the forefront, adapting its standards to reflect the latest market demands and regulatory complexities. From requirement Version 1-2 to the latest Version 1-8, the journey has been marked by significant enhancements, encompassing a broader scope and stringent compliance measures.

Scope Expansion and Compliance Requirements


Initially focused on biogenic residues and waste within Japan's FIT scheme, Version 1-8 of GGL's certification standards represents a paradigm shift. The scope has been significantly broadened to include a comprehensive categorisation of biomass types, such as woody biomass from large and small forest management units, agricultural residues, and other biomasses. This expansion aims to ensure greater inclusivity and precision in defining eligible fuels under the FIT and Feed-in Premium (FIP) schemes.

Biomass Categories and Applicable Standards


Under Version 1-8, GGL introduces a nuanced classification system for biomass categories, delineating specific eligibility criteria for different biomass types. From woody biomass to agricultural residues, each category is meticulously defined to enhance clarity and compliance verification. The document also outlines updated standards and verification criteria, underscoring GGL's commitment to robust sustainability practices.

This version introduces a more nuanced classification of biomass categories. It details various categories, such as:

1.     Woody Biomass from large forest management units (FMU’s > 500ha) - Category 1

2.     Woody Biomass from small FMU’s (<500 ha) - Category 2

3.     Residues from nature and landscape management - Category 3

4.     Agricultural (primary) residues - Category 4

5.     Biogenic residues and (secondary) waste flows - Category 5, excluding post-consumer products

FIT/FIP Categories of Biomass


Version 1-8 addresses not only the FIT scheme but also the Feed-in Premium (FIP) scheme, expanding the list of eligible fuels and providing clear categorisations. Palm kernel shells, tree trunks, and agricultural residues are among the newly added eligible fuels, reflecting a broader scope and market inclusivity. Compliance with specific regulations and standards is emphasised, ensuring that certified biomass meets the highest sustainability benchmarks.


Verification and Certification Requirements


Version 1-8 of GGL's certification standards emphasise verification and certification processes. Detailed requirements for supplier verification programs, including audits and evidence collection, aim to enhance transparency and reproducibility. Local adaptation of verifiers and rigorous documentation further underscore GGL's commitment to robust compliance mechanisms.


New Regulations and Sustainability Focus


In line with global sustainability trends, Version 1-8 of GGL's standards introduces detailed principles for operational requirements and material use of biomass. Prioritising sustainability over energy recovery, these regulations reflect a holistic approach to environmental stewardship and resource efficiency. Technical enhancements, including GHG emission calculations and compliance with labour rights, further bolster GGL's sustainability framework.


Conclusion and Policy Implications


The evolution from Version 1-2 to Version 1-8 of GGL's biomass certification standards signifies a landmark shift towards sustainability and regulatory compliance. As market demands evolve and environmental policies become more stringent, stakeholders must adapt to these changes to ensure market competitiveness and sustainable practices. By staying informed and aligning with GGL's latest standards, industry players can navigate the complex landscape of biomass certification with confidence.


For expert guidance on navigating biomass certification and compliance requirements, Peterson Projects and Solutions Indonesia offers specialised consultancy services tailored to your needs. Contact us today to explore how we can help you achieve your sustainability goals while staying ahead in a rapidly evolving industry landscape.


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