Canadian Biomass Magazine

DHSwood A/S is first company to be certified under revised SBP Standards

February 29, 2024
By Todd Humber

DHSwood A/S is the first company to be certified under the revised SBP Standards (v2.0), according to the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP).

The Danish-based company is a dedicated wood trading firm dealing in woody feedstock from the region of Puglia in Italy, and managing the supply chain from harvest to end-user. The certificate has been issued by Preferred by Nature.

“We welcome the news of DSHwood A/S’s certification under our revised Standards (v2.0),” said Carsten Huljus, SBP CEO. “With our current focus very much on the implementation of v2.0, we are encouraged by the progress being made by Certification Bodies and Certificate Holders alike.”

Rasmus Grønborg Bak, DSHwood CEO, said the company was “pleased” to receive the SBP certificate (v2.0).

“The SBP certificate provides transparency through complex verification and audits,” he said. “Good certified biomass is our licence to operate today and in the future”.

Following a review and revision process, the revised SBP Standards (v2.0) became effective in August 2023.

“The revised Standards underpin the SBP promise of good biomass,” SBP said in a press release. “They require that SBP-certified biomass is deforestation-free, that biodiversity is maintained or enhanced through protecting key species, habitats and ecosystems, that water quality and soil quality are maintained or enhanced, that carbon stocks are stable or increasing, and that workers and their rights, local communities, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples are protected.”

The revised Standards also mandate compliance with the EU REDII requirements, it said. Certificate Holders have until November 2025 to transition to the revised requirements.

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) is a certification scheme designed for woody biomass used in industrial, large-scale energy production. SBP has developed a certification scheme to provide assurance that woody biomass is sourced both legally and sustainably.

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