This page contains the current documents for certification of biomass for energy purposes and bio-based products. These documents have been recognised by the European Commission to demonstrate compliance with the sustainability requirements as laid down in Directive 2009/28/EC (Renewable Energy Directive) and have been approved by the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy to demonstrate compliance with the requirements in the Regeling conformiteitsbeoordeling vaste biomassa voor energietoepassingen (Dutch regulation dealing with conformity assessment of sustainable biomass for energy applications).
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.
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.
BETTER BIOMASS CERTIFICATION SCHEME
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).
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.
IMPORTANT – For Better Biomass certification within the framework of Regeling conformiteitsbeoordeling vaste biomassa voor energietoepassingen (Dutch regulation dealing with conformity assessment of sustainable biomass for energy applications), Intepretation document N° 3 is applicable, pending approval of the last version of the interpretation document.
NEN SCHEME MANAGEMENT MANUAL
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).