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Biofuels - Sustainability schemes

In order to receive government support or count towards mandatory national renewable energy targets, biofuels used in the EU (whether locally produced or imported) have to comply with sustainability criteria. These criteria aim at preventing the conversion of areas of high biodiversity and high carbon stock for the production of raw materials for biofuels. The entire biofuels' production and supply chain has to be sustainable. To this end, the sustainability of biofuels needs to be checked by Member States or through voluntary schemes which have been approved by the European Commission (EC).

Recognised Voluntary Schemes

Since 19 July 2011, the EC has recognised voluntary schemes that applies directly in 27 EU Member States. Schemes include the Assessment report and the Commission Implementing Decision.

1. ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)

2. Bonsucro EU

3. RTRS EU RED (Round Table on Responsible Soy EU RED)

4. RSB EU RED (Roundtable of Sustainable Biofuels EU RED)

5. 2BSvs (Biomass Biofuels voluntary scheme)

6. RBSA (Abengoa RED Bioenergy Sustainability Assurance)

7. Greenergy (Greenergy Brazilian Bioethanol verification programme)

8. Ensus voluntary scheme under RED for Ensus bioethanol production

9. Red Tractor (Red Tractor Farm Assurance Combinable Crops & Sugar Beet Scheme)

10. SQC (Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops (SQC) scheme)

11. Red Cert

12. NTA 8080

13. RSPO RED (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil RED)

14. Biograce GHG calculation tool

15. HVO Renewable Diesel Scheme for Verification of Compliance with the RED sustainability criteria for biofuels

16. Gafta Trade Assurance Scheme

17. KZR INIG System

18. Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops

19. Universal Feed Assurance Scheme