Statkraft Biomass Trading operates chain of custody systems that are independently audited and certified under ENplus, FSC®, PEFC, and SBP – Sustainable Biomass Partnership.

There are two elements to guaranteeing high sustainability with respect to biomass:

  1. Management of the cultivation and harvesting of the biomass (“Land Criteria”)
  2. Greenhouse gas emissions associated with the harvesting and subsequent transportation of the biomass material all the way to conversion to heat or power (or both) in a generating station (“GHG Criteria”).

Statkraft manages all of its biomass related trade activities and evaluates biomass sustainability with respect to these two fundamental elements.

Statkraft is certified for Chain of Custody management of wood based biomass by ENplus, FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®), PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification)and SBP (Sustainable Biomass Partnership). PEFC, FSC®, and SBP are independent, non-profit organisations that aim at promoting responsible forest management worldwide and supporting products produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.

As an FSC® and PEFC chain of custody certified company, and the first organisation in the world to achieve the newly developed PEFC Emissions Data (GHG) Transfer standard, here at Statkraft we are committed to maintain FSC® and PEFC standards and values associated with responsible forest management and provision of greenhouse gas information.

These values include avoiding:

  • sourcing harvested wood biomass from forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
  • wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use;
  • any risk of wood being illegally harvested (as assessed under the EU Timber Regulation 995/2010);
  • wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
  • or wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

Sustainable Biomass Partnership
The Sustainable Biomass Partnership represents the latest developments and enhancements in supply chain sustainability. Working with EnviroSense, Statkraft has developed internal procedures and documentation to comply with the requirements of the SBP Framework. Our approach has been audited by NepCon and Statkraft became an SBP-certified supplier of wood chips in August 2016.

When evaluating any biomass trade, Statkraft’s goal is to promote responsible management of forest worldwide, with an eye to environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. By trading wood biomass that is either SBP, FSC® or PEFC certified, we aim to demonstrate our commitment to responsible forest management and wood biomass sourcing, by providing evidence for our customers that our products are sustainably harvested, processed and shipped.

GHG and Carbon Balance Calculations

Statkraft uses an internationally recognised and transparent GHG emissions and feedstock reporting methodology. We use reference values quoted in SBP standards to calculate the emissions for the full biomass lifecycle and throughout the entire biomass value chain. We publish the results on our website to demonstrate accountability to all stakeholders.

Sustainability beyond certification

Within its internal chain of custody system, Statkraft applies the same principles and criteria for uncertified counterparts. By creating our own chain of custody system for all traded products, we can provide necessary evidence for our customers towards meeting increasingly stringent regulations under the EU Timber Regulation and national requirements such as the UK’s new sustainability criteria.

Statkraft’s vision of trading of biomass

We aspire to set a precedent and new benchmark within the industry to ensure that biomass sourced by Statkraft is not associated with risk and reputational loss to our customers. SBP, PEFC and FSC® Chain of Custody certification reinforces Statkraft Biomass Trading’s commitment to be the safest and most professional trader to partner with.

UK biomass legislation includes the Renewables Obligation Order 2015 (ROO 2015) and the Non-Domestic Renewables Heat Incentive 2015 (RHI 2015) - the most stringent biomass sustainability legislation in the world. In the UK, Statkraft manages trading operations to provide information to support our customers’ ability to comply with the sustainability criteria of the ROO 2015 and RHI 2015.

And we do more than simply manage and supply biomass. We work with your company to ensure the sustainability criteria and your policies are met. We do this to ensure Statkraft Markets Biomass Trading’s position as the most ethical and professional trader to partner with.

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