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UK's Ofgem approves SBP certification

02 Dec 2015 11:08 GMT
UK's Ofgem approves SBP certification

London, 2 December (Argus) — The Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certification scheme meets UK government sustainability requirements, domestic energy regulator Ofgem has said.

The framework has been deemed fully compliant with the UK's renewable obligation land criteria for woody biomass, the SBP said. Biomass feedstock must meet government sustainability criteria if industrial users are to receive subsidies.

Denmark already recognises the framework through its energy agreement, while Belgium and the Netherlands are assessing whether the SBP complies with their respective sustainability criteria.

UK power generator Drax said government endorsement of the framework will help it move towards a single certification system. The firm must ensure that it remains compliant with UK sustainability criteria, as the SBP is a new untested standard.

Drax hopes that the SBP will be its primary measure to check the sustainability of supply by the end of next year.

The SBP consortium unites Drax, Denmark's state-controlled Dong Energy, German utilities Eon and RWE, French energy firm Engie and Swedish state-owned Vattenfall.

It was formed to develop a single sustainability framework that could ultimately replace companies' individual certification schemes.


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