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SBP announces first-of-its-kind wood pellet producer certification

SBP, an industry-led initiative formed by major European biomass energy utilities, has announced its first certification of a biomass producer.

NSF International, an SBP-approved certification body, has certified the Aliceville, Alabama, facility of US pellet producer Westervelt Renewable Energy.

The SBP certificate issued to Westervelt covers the manufacture of woody biomass pellets, transportation of the pellets to the Port of Mobile, Alabama, and the trading of woody biomass pellets.

Commenting on the certification of Westervelt, Peter Wilson, executive director of SBP, says: ‘We are delighted at the news of Westervelt’s certification. As the first of its kind, this is a landmark in the implementation of the SBP framework.’

Under the SBP framework, a biomass producer, typically a pellet or wood chip mill, is the first point of certification.

To receive SBP certification, the producer’s used feedstock – such as roundwood, sawdust, or wood chips – is assessed for compliance with the SBP requirements of legal and sustainable sourcing.

This assessment must be carried out by an independent, third-party certification body.

A biomass producer that satisfactorily demonstrates compliance receives a certificate and is entitled to make the claim that the biomass it produces is SBP-compliant.