EWABA welcomes more stringent standards for biofuel certification schemes

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EWABA has welcomed the adoption of more stringent standards for EU certification schemes as part of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) implementation.
The organisation said it was confident that the implementation act on revised standards would strengthen and further enhance transparency in the biofuels sector by providing full traceability across the supply chain supplied into the EU.
The revised standards include a number of improvements to certification schemes proposed by the association in its “EWABA Standard of Transparency”, shared with the European Commission, certification schemes and other industry stakeholders in late 2019.
EWABA has been very supportive of more stringent measures to improve biofuel certification processes, to protect the unique sustainability value of products and alleviate any concerns arising from the wider public.
Members have been proactive in building systems to demonstrate full traceability and are working constantly with certification schemes and legislators to support their efforts.
The organisation believes that the adoption of the revised standards for certification schemes coupled with the requirement to record all feedstock and biofuel transactions into a pan-EU track and trace database, set to become operational by 1 January 2023, will provide regulators and customers with efficient and effective capabilities to validate the sustainability characteristics of every biofuel lire traded into EU markets.
EWABA member Bioledger, established in 2019 to deliver these digital traceability tools for the biofuels industry welcomed the vote and encouraged the voluntary schemes and certified companies to act together and early to transition the near 8,000 certified companies in over 150 countries onto harmonized digital trading applications.
Following their blockchain prototype and in anticipation of this Implementing Act, Bioledger has deployed mobile apps for first collectors of waste feedstocks and a mass balance application which is designed to record and report transactions into the EU biofuels database.