09/09 | Sustainability of all biomass

In September 2009, AEBIOM has published a position paper on sustainability criteria of all types of biomass other than biofuels and bioliquids.

Read the PDF version HERE.

In the paper, AEBIOM expresses its’ worries that an additional, to already existing cross-compliance rules and forestry certification schemes in Europe, mandatory certification scheme would become a serious barrier (administrative and cost related) to biomass mobilisation especially in the case of small biomass producers. The certification procedure would get even more complicated as around 90% of biomass used for heat and electricity production comes from by-products and waste streams. Nevertheless, the certification as such is needed to tackle the problems that can be caused by large amounts of imports.