The certificate of sustainability of biofuels and bioliquids guarantees the reliability of both the information that demonstrates compliance with sustainability criteria, and the environmental and social information provided by economic operators within the production chain.
The main aspects of the verification are the system of traceability and mass balance, and a calculation of GHG emissions.
This certification offers several advantages, including:
For biofuels certified as sustainable:
Directive 2009/28 /EC (RED - Renewable Energy Directive), updated by Directive (EU) No 2015/1513, establishes a common framework for the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, defines the sustainability criteria for bioliquids and biofuels, and sets national mandatory targets for energy (renewable) and biofuels in transport.
Respect for sustainability criteria and achievement of greenhouse gas emission targets can be demonstrated through a voluntary certification system approved by the European Community, or by applying a certification system recognised by one state.
RINA provides certification services in accordance with:
and in accordance with voluntary schemes:
The certificates of conformity issued according to the National Scheme and according to 2BSvs are valid for five years, their maintenance is subject to periodic audits.
The certificates of conformity issued according to ISCC EU are valid for one year.
Which environmental objectives does the service refer to?
The EU Climate Energy Package 20-20-20 aims to increase energy efficiency by 20% by 2020, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, and to increase renewable energy use by 20%. In the transport sector, at least 10% of the energy used will have to come from renewable sources.