Sustainability regulatory appraisal:
The development of value chains and markets within the bio-based economy can depend on the ability to demonstrate environmental sustainability credentials. This can be driven by the need for regulatory compliance for example though biofuel legislation or through the voluntary desire of value chains to demonstrate or validate their green credentials to consumers.
• Product sustainability
Product sustainability, which includes environmental, social and economic principles and criteria, cuts across value chains and requires cooperation between stakeholders. A comprehensive evaluation of bio-based product value chain sustainability considers (based on Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials principles): the legality of operations; the quality of business planning, monitoring and the commitment to continuous Improvement; a consideration of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions; upholding human and labor rights; a commitment to rural and local development; ensures food security; a consideration for conservation; control of emissions to soil, air and water; appropriate technology use and protection of land rights. These principles can be used to guide project development and ensure that sustainability considerations are embedded within a project from it outset.
NNFCC are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Dr Adrian Higson has completed RSB auditor training. NNFCC is also familiar with International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) systems and requirements.
• Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and land use criteria
Greenhouse gas emission reduction levels and land use criteria are increasingly included in Government schemes supporting bioenergy generation and liquid transport fuel consumption. NNFCC uses in house GHG calculators to assist companies with both reporting and compliance requirements. As national schemes follow methods described in the European Commission Renewable Energy Directive, these calculator tools can be used to assist SMEs across Europe. Through working with European Commission and the National Governments, NNFCC has considerable experience in working with policy makers, developers, suppliers and buyers to develop, implement and, adhere to robust policies and regulations across the entire bioeconomy. NNFCC provides evidence to support policy decisions, and supports power generators, technology developers and product manufacturers in understanding the impacts of policy on their value chains, processes and outputs.