Certification non-RED biomass products

This page contains the documents for certification of biomass products that fall outside the scope of Directive 2009/28/EC (Renewable Energy Directive), i.e. apply to solid and gaseous biomass for energy purposes other than transport and to bio-based products.

BETTER BIOMASS SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS

Sustainably produced biomass
The standard NTA 8080-1 (second edition, 2015) describes the requirements for sustainably produced biomass for application in bioenergy (electricity, heating, cooling, and transport fuel) and bio-based products. Biomass and products made from biomass can occur in a solid, liquid or gaseous state.

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BETTER BIOMASS CHAIN-OF-CUSTODY REQUIREMENTS

Traceability and origin of biomass
The standard NTA 8080-2 (second edition, 2015) describes the requirements on the chain of custody from biomass production to final application as bioenergy or bio-based products in order to assure the traceability of the origin of the biomass. Biomass or products made from biomass can occur in a solid, liquid or gaseous state.

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BETTER BIOMASS CERTIFICATION SCHEME

Certification rules
The Better Biomass certification scheme (NCS 8080:2018-08) describes the ‘rules’ for certification against the requirements of NTA 8080-1 and NTA 8080-2. The Better Biomass certification scheme has been accepted by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA).

Download Better Biomass certification scheme (NCS 8080:2018-08).

The current Better Biomass certification scheme (NCS 8080:2018-08) replaces the previous edition (NCS 8080:2017-04). Considering the transition period of 18 months for non-RED biomass products the previous edition may still be used as well.

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INTERPRETATION DOCUMENT

Clarification
The certification system aims at minimizing ambiguous interpretation of the requirements. In case of interpretation issues, the Committee of Experts will define the intended interpretation of the requirement concerned and publish this interpretation in the interpretation document. The interpretation document is a living document.

Download Interpretation document N° 2.1.

NEN SCHEME MANAGEMENT MANUAL

General procedures
This scheme management manual describes the procedure for the development and management of schemes by NEN. The procedures of NEN for developing and managing schemes are aligned with the requirements applied by accreditation bodies associated with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and European cooperation for Accreditation (EA).

Download the NEN Scheme management manual.