SBP approves third certification body

By Sustainable Biomass Partnership | May 19, 2016

The Sustainable Biomass Partnership has announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Canada has become the third SBP-approved certification body. PwC has provided evidence that it meets the SBP requirements regarding its existing accreditations and has demonstrated sufficient resource and competence to manage the SBP certification scheme under the SBP Framework.

The SBP framework of standards and processes enables producers of woody biomass to demonstrate that they source their raw material responsibly and that it complies with the regulatory, including sustainability, requirements applicable to power generators burning woody biomass to produce energy.

PwC has been approved for certification, in Canada and the U.S., of biomass producers, typically pellet or woodchip mills, and the biomass supply chain, for example, biomass producers and components of the downstream supply chain, such as trade, transport and processing that require chain of custody certification.

Carsten Huljus, CEO of SBP, commented, “The SBP approval process is rigorous, including amongst other things the witness by SBP assessors of a PwC audit of a biomass producer and SBP’s approval of PwC’s audit team through training and examination. The final stage of the SBP approval process is a review by an independent technical committee of the whole assessment process and a recommendation for approval. I am pleased to confirm that PwC has achieved SBP approval.”