Canadian Biomass Magazine

SBP Standards (v2.0) found compliant with relevant GB legislation

June 4, 2024
By Sustainable Biomass Program

The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) has announced that the GB energy regulator, Ofgem, has completed an assessment of the revised SBP Standards (v2.0) and concluded that they align with the Land Criteria set out in the legislative framework of the following schemes:

  • Renewables Obligation
  • Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive
  • Feed-in tariffs
  • Smart Export Guarantee
  • Green Gas Support Scheme

Following a comprehensive 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 and go beyond legislative requirements. In their entirety, 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.

SBP’s revised Standards also mandate compliance with the EU REDII requirements. Certificate Holders have until November 2025 to transition to the revised requirements.



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