Monitoring Sustainability Certification of Bioenergy – Short summary

Sep 2013

At present numerous biomass and biofuel sustainability certification schemes are being developed or implemented by a variety of private and public organisations. Schemes are applicable to different feedstock production sectors (forests, agricultural crops), different bioenergy products (wood chips, pellets, ethanol, biodiesel, electricity), and whole or segments of supply chains.

To support sustainable bioenergy deployment and overcome some of the challenges associated with the current status of sustainability certification, this IEA Bioenergy strategic study examined what is actually known and what can be learned from the current development and implementation of voluntary certification systems, about the role of voluntary certification schemes in the governance of biomass/bioenergy/ biofuels sustainability and how this has affected actors along the supply chains and trade.