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Biomass and Biofuels Sustainability Verification

Demonstrating the sustainability and legal compliance of biomass and biofuels.

The Biofuels and biomass sustainability Challenge

Biofuels and biomass have been heavily promoted to be part of the solution to mitigate climate change, as well as anticipate the scarcity of fossil fuels in the future. 

Governments in Europe, the USA and other countries such as Brazil are setting high targets for the use of biofuels in the coming years through fiscal incentives to promote these sources of energy. 

This results in many market opportunities for actors within the biofuels and biomass value chains, from biomass producers (agriculture and forestry) to biofuels producers and distributors

Nevertheless incentives for biofuels and biomass can bear risks and limits that need to be controlled and managed over the supply chain for them to remain sustainable and renewable sources of energy. Typical threats to be managed are negative effect of price of food, deforestation, illegal work conditions or control on Greenhouse Gas emissions, for which Governments, NGOs and public opinion need to be assured.

What is the current regulatory context regarding biomass and biofuels?

The European Union’s Directive 2009/28/EC on energy from renewable sources, has set specific requirements for the verification of biofuels and ensure their sustainability so that they can be considered by member states to fulfill their objectives. To follow this new legislation the sustainability of the biofuels will need to be verified and guaranteed to be distributed on the European Market. 

What is biomass and biofuels sustainability verification? 

The sustainability of the biomass used for the production of the different types of biofuels can be evaluated against requirements included in recognized voluntary certification schemes and through independent audits. 

Independent verification needs to cover all the actors throughout the supply chain, from the biomass producer to the final biofuels distributor.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

A leader in the verification of biomass and biofuels 

Bureau Veritas developed a voluntary certification scheme with the main actors in the French biofuels industry,demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the sector and of the specific European regulations. 

Expertise in Sustainability Certification 

Bureau Veritas Certification can provide you with global certification for the following schemes: Carbon verification, social responsibility, sustainable agriculture and forestry, which are the core of sustainability requirements for biofuels and biomass. 


A global presence in more than 100 countries with both international expertise and indepth knowledge and understanding of local situations. 

Mark of global recognition 

The Bureau Veritas Certification Mark is a globally recognized symbol of your organization's ongoing commitment to excellence, sustainability and reliability.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the sustainability criteria that must be met under the European Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources?

    In order to ensure the sustainability of the biomass and biofuels that will benefit from tax incentives, the European Union requires verification of the following sustainability characteristics: 

    • A reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 35%, then 50% in 2017 and 60% in 2018. 
    • Avoid any impact on lands with high biodiversity values (primary forests, protected areas and ecosystems, highly biodiverse grassland). 
    • Protection of land with high carbon stock (forested land, wetlands, peatland). 
    • Soil, water and air protection is promoted as well as a respect of environmental and social international agreements. 

    Operators are required to provide member states with evidence that these criteria have been respected during the production of biomass and biofuels. Such evidence can be provided through voluntary verification schemes recognized by the European Commission and verified through independent third party audits.

  • Is it possible to certify multiples sites within the supply chain?

    Depending on the certification scheme against which you will seek recognition, you will be able to include several sites within the scope of your certification. Please contact your local Bureau Veritas office for more information.

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