Biofuel Sustainability Certification
- Certification according to the international ISCC system
- A prerequisite for entities involved in the biofuel production chain
- Verification of biomass production sustainability criteria
- Verification of greenhouse gas emission reduction
- Preparedness for certification according to the Czech national system
Biomass and Biofuel Sustainability
Biomass is one of the main sources of renewable energy. Its power consists in the contribution to mitigating the impact of the climate change and the reduction of the dependence on crude oil. The use of biofuels reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and biofuels have better biodegradability compared to conventional fossil fuels.
The obligation to launch biofuels into the market is set out in our legislation from 1 January 2007. In the Czech Republic, the proportion of mandatorily added biofuels increased compared to conventional fossil fuels from initial 2% to 5.75% in 2010. In 2020, the proportion of biofuels in transport should grow to 10%
Why Sustainability Certification?
Upon the start of using biofuels, many counter-arguments began to arise that doubted their environmental benefits. These counter-arguments were the main reason for the introduction of so called sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids. The criteria are based on Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of using energy from renewable sources.
The Main Objectives of the Sustainability Criteria
- reduction in greenhouse gas emissions due to the use of biofuels and bioliquidsshall be at least 35% compared to emissions of greenhouse gases generated in the entire life cycle of an alternative fossil fuel
- raw materials for the production of biofuels shall be grown in a sustainable way
Fulfilment of these criteria also indirectly leads to the support of domestic or regional production that meets the principles of nature-friendly use of natural resources. To ensure compliance with sustainability criteria, EU member states are obliged to introduce a certification system for biofuels and raw materials for their production.
Your Access to European Market
Biofuel sustainability certification provided by TÜV SÜD Czech will ensure compliance with all legal requirements, and thus your access to the European market. We can offer you know-how of our parent company TÜV SÜD, one of the leading certification bodies in the certification of biofuels in Germany.
Certification According to ISCC and the Czech National System
TÜV SÜD Czech offers certification according to the international ISCC system - International Sustainable and Carbon Certification - which was approved by the German Ministry of Food as the first certification system for sustainable biomass and biofuels. The certification is carried out by Czech auditors accredited by TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH.
Once the Czech national system for the certification of sustainability of biofuels and bioliquids comes into force, TÜV SÜD Czech is ready to offer certification under this system too.
Whom Does the Biofuel Sustainability Certification Concern?
Certification or let us say demonstration of compliance with the sustainability criteria applies virtually to all links of the biofuel supply/production chain. Ensuring compliance with these criteria needs to be confirmed by a certification body with appropriate accreditation and authorization. Biomass growers are also involved in the certification process since they issue a so-called independent statement of a biomass grower on meeting sustainability criteria. The certification process of other links in the supply/production chain also includes the examination of the fulfilment of the sustainability criteria of at least 3% of biomass growers. An important interlink in terms of greenhouse gases emissions is also transport.
Steps Leading to Biofuel Sustainability Certification
- selection of a proper certification and registration system
- preliminary audit (optional)
- certification audit
- evaluation of compliance with sustainability criteria
- certificate issue
- supervisory audit
Membership in Expert Groups
TÜV SÜD Czech is actively engaged in the issue of biofuel sustainability within the membership in the following specialized organizations