7 sustainable Schemes for biofuels approved by EC

On 19 July 2011, the Commission has recognised seven voluntary schemes:

  1. ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, a German (government financed) scheme covering all types of biofuels)
  2. Bonsucro EU (Roundtable initiative for sugarcane based biofuels, focus on Brazil)
  3. RTRS EU RED (Round Table on Responsible Soy EU RED for soy based biofuels, focus on Argentina and Brazil
  4. RSB EU RED (Roundtable of Sustainable Biofuels EU RED, a Roundtable initiative covering all types of biofuels)
  5. 2BSvs (Biomass Biofuels voluntary scheme, a French industry scheme covering all types of biofuels)
  6. RBSA (Abengoa RED Bioenergy Sustainability Assurance, Industry scheme for Abengoa covering their supply chain)
  7. Greenergy (Greenergy Brazilian Bioethanol verification programme, an industry scheme for Greenergy covering sugar cane ethanol from Brazil).

All schemes are VOLUNTARY schemes. They recieved EC agreement for a period of 5 years. EC may revoke its decision.


The most complete scheme is the RSB EU RED (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels) hosted by the EPFL because it also addresses social issues and supports rural development and cover all types of biofuels from everywhere. Some principles concerns specifically the Local Food Security, soil, water and Land rights. It represents the consensus  of over 120 Organisations.


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