– First certificate under new name
On the 6th of May in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, Eneco received the Better Biomass certificate for her new biomass plant Bio Golden Raand. The certificate was issued by Jorn Bronsvoort, director of QS Certification. With this certificate, Eneco demonstrates that the plant in Delfzijl, which produces electricity from waste wood, complies with the international criteria for sustainably produced biomass.
‘Better Biomass’ is the new name for the certificates that are issued based on NTA 8080 to companies which produce, trade or process sustainable biomass. Bio Golden Raand is the first biomass plant in the world which has obtained the Better Biomass certificate by its new name.
Eneco has agreed with its biomass suppliers that they will all obtain the Better Biomass certificate before the end of 2015. This satisfies WWF, with which the energy company has a partnership. Arjette Stevens, Senior Advisor Biomass at the WWF, emphasizes the importance of certification: ’WWF welcomes this first important step, by which Eneco show that it is taking the lead in the Netherlands in the use of really sustainable resources for energy production. We are happy that Eneco chooses for waste wood instead of felling trees. The use of waste reduces the pressure on the forests.’
The role of NEN
NEN, the Dutch standardisation institute, manages the certification scheme, which is linked to the Better Biomass certificate and supports the revision, which includes the name change. Piet-Hein Daverveldt, director of NEN, about the first Better Biomass certificate: ‘We are proud that Eneco tops her efforts to increase the sustainability of the supply chain with the Better Biomass certificate. It proves once more that this certification system is a very useful instrument for companies to ensure the sustainability of the used biomass‘.