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The Green Gold Label programme is a certification system for sustainable biomass. It covers production, processing, transport and final energy transformation. Green Gold Label (GGL) provides standards for specific parts of the supply chain, as well as standards for tracking & tracing the origin of the biomass.



 GGL Executive Board decision with regards to the sustainability certification of woody biomass


Green Gold Label(GGL) is a certification system for sustainable biomass and has been operational since 2002. The scope of the GGL certification system covers both woody and non-woody biomass (agri-residues and bioliquids).


GGL aspires to promote independent, credible, accepted multi-stakeholder certification for sustainable biomass in Europe. In doing so, GGL aims to contribute to a harmonized European certification system for sustainable biomass that takes due account of country-specific certification requirements.


European utilities have formed an initiative in 2013, the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP), to demonstrate compliance with legal, regulatory and sustainability requirements relating to woody biomass. SBP has developed a suite of standards which together make up the Biomass Assurance Framework (BAF) for certification of woody biomass.Furthermore, SBP has committed itself to including country-specific requirements of e.g. the Belgian and Dutch authorities. SBP is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2015.


Given these conditions, and in accordance with the vision of GGL, the participants to GGL foresee to adopt SBP as the preferred sustainability standard for woody biomass where the use of a certification scheme is applicable. GGL will continue to engage with its current stakeholders and regulators on new developments and requirements to support and develop programs on biomass related sustainability questions. In the context of the imminent publication of future requirements in the Netherlands and Belgium and the launch of the SBP in Q1 2015, GGL will delay further updates of its standards until there is clarity on what gaps there may be that GGL can help to fill. It is currently anticipated that those will primarily be on agricultural biomass and bioliquids as the initial SBP standard will cover only woody biomass.  However, it is intended that SBP will in due course develop a standard for non-woody biomass.