Biomass is being used more and more for the generation of electricity or heat, the production of fuels or for bio-based products. It is a viable response to global themes like climate change, security of energy supply and transition to a circular economy. It is therefore important that organizations can demonstrate that the biomass is sustainable sourced and processed throughout the supply chain.
The Better Biomass certificate is used by organizations to demonstrate that the biomass they produce, process, trade or use meets well established international sustainability criteria. These have been defined by a broad group of stakeholders under the guidance of NEN, the Netherlands Standardization Institute, and published in the standard NTA 8080.
Better Biomass is managed by NEN. As member of CEN and ISO, NEN will ensure that the sustainability criteria are and will remain aligned with the relevant European (EN) and international (ISO) standards. The scheme management and certification processes are under accreditation by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA), which is an EA and IAF member. NEN has an accreditation as scheme manager. Certification audits are done by accredited independent certification bodies.
The management of the certification scheme is carried out by the Committee of Experts, which consists of a broad representation of stakeholders. This committee is responsible for the maintenance of the Better Biomass certification system by updating the certification scheme and defining interpretations for requirements where needed.
Better Biomass is operational since 2011 and has been recognized by the European Commission as voluntary scheme (under the name NTA 8080) to demonstrate compliance with the mandatory sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids as laid down in the Renewable Energy Directive.