Below are the answers to a number of frequently asked questions. Do not hesitate to contact us in case you could not find the answer to your question.
1. Is NTA 8080 a statutory requirement?
No, NTA 8080 is a voluntary agreement and designed for voluntary use.
2. Does the Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC) apply to all biomass for energy applications?
The sustainability criteria laid down in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) only apply to biofuels and bioliquids, not to solid and gaseous biomass.
3. Are the European sustainability criteria for biomass mandatory?
Concerning sustainability of biomass, the EU has only legal sustainability criteria for biofuel and bioliquids (see Q2). Currently there are no legal sustainability criteria applicable to solid and gaseous biomass for energy applications and neither to biobased products.
4. What is the best way to comply with the EU RED sustainability criteria for biomass?
To demonstrate compliance with the RED, so-called voluntary schemes that have been recognized by the European Commission (EC) shall be used. Better Biomass is one of the recognized voluntary schemes (under the name NTA 8080). Voluntary schemes may have a broader scope and additional sustainability criteria. Voluntary schemes recognized by the EC are recognized by all EU Member States.
5. Does NTA 8080 only apply to biofuels and bioliquids?
NTA 8080 applies to all types of biomass: solid, liquid or gaseous.