The Sustainable Resources Verification Scheme (SURE) has been approved by the European Commission as a voluntary scheme that enables economic operators within the bioenergy industry to show compliance with the legal requirements of RED II.
Under the revised Directive (EU) 2018/2001, the EU sustainability criteria have been extended to cover biomass for heating and cooling and power generation. EU countries were required to transpose the new rules by 30 June last year, and many economic operators chose to document the sustainable use of biomass by applying for certification.
In less than one year, SURE proved to be one of the market’s most efficient and practical solutions, with over 340 certificates issued so far and more than 3,000 applications received, pending certification. Although the Commission’s recognition came at this later stage, SURE has already gained the trust of economic operators.
SURE was developed as a full-scope scheme, helping all actors in the supply chain to demonstrate compliance with the sustainability criteria. SURE was also designed to be an independent and credible certification scheme. The latter is ensured by cooperation with the approved certification bodies responsible for checking the sustainability criteria against the scheme principles and checklists.
Since SURE was launched, 25 certification bodies have been approved by the scheme and actively contribute to the successful certification process.