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SBP gives green light to third certification body – PwC

Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) has announced that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Canada has become the third ‘SBP-approved’ certification body.

The SBP is a certification scheme designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and wood chips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production.

PwC has provided evidence that it meets the SBP requirements regarding its existing accreditations and has demonstrated sufficient resource and competence to manage the SBP certification scheme under the SBP Framework, the SBP said in a statement.

The SBP Framework of standards and processes enables producers of woody biomass to demonstrate that they source their raw material responsibly and that it complies with the regulatory, including sustainability, requirements applicable to power generators burning woody biomass to produce energy.

PwC has been approved for certification, in Canada and the US.

Carsten Huljus, CEO of SBP, said: “The SBP approval process is rigorous, including amongst other things the witness by SBP assessors of a PwC audit of a biomass producer and SBP’s approval of PwC’s audit team through training and examination.

“The final stage of the SBP approval process is a review by an independent technical committee of the whole assessment process and a recommendation for approval.

“I am pleased to confirm that PwC has achieved SBP approval.”