Sustainability Certificate |

     Sustainability Certificate

Based on regulation 2009/28/EG by the European community, a complex and regulative environment for the exposure of biomass to energetic utilization has been created in Germany. With the BioSt-NachV and the Biokraft-NachV, the fundamental legal arrangements with far-reaching consequences were implemented into national law. Herewith, the German domestic market has been assigned a European pioneering task with direct influence on the entire European market. The present regulations consider the certification of the gateways an integral component within the territory of the mentioned national and European legislation.

The claims to an “initial certification” should commonly be distinguished from a “subsequent certification." The initial certification, as a general rule, does not include the assessment of the operative business, but is limited at this time to evaluating the existing operational structures. Only in subsequent inspections or rather certifications, a regulation compliant implementation of the operative business into the existing structures is reappraised.

The requirements to issue a certificate along the lines of the supply chain should always be carefully considered. Thus, the emphasis of the inspection in the area of resource production (agriculture) is distinctly focused on the verification of §§ 4 and 8 of the sustainability regulations. Insofar the certification more or less lies within the limits of regular agricultural certifications.


A business venture which handles or processes sustainable resources in the European Union, as for instance an agricultural cooperative or an oil mill, usually, along with the resources, receives the necessary certificates from the producer with regard to sustainable biomass. This means that the assessment within the limits of the initial certification and subsequent inspections has an entirely different focus. In this case, it becomes necessary to verify that:

  1. All merchandise transfers of sustainable biomass have been documented by one of several predetermined mass budget systems selected by the certification system

  2. The rules applied to the system, which are the result of the corresponding sustainability regulations and certification systems are maintained,

  3. The report and documentation requirements have been implemented.

Even trade flows which are not 100% sustainable, but only to a certain percentage, may be moved and documented depending on which of the predetermined budget systems has been implemented in the venture (interface). Furthermore, it is of crucial importance if calculations are based on standard values or empirical values. Proficiency with regard to the accurate balancing of sustainable biomass and its greenhouse-gas emission's data can secure considerable benefits for the business and may result in a significant competitive edge.