Better Biomass NTA 8080 Certification

Better Biomass (NTA 8080) Sustainability Certification
Around the world, there is increasing demand for energy due to emerging economies and changing consumption patterns. Fossil energy sources are limited, becoming more difficult to extract, and CO2 emissions cause environmental dilemmas. The transition to alternative, sustainable energy sources is in full swing, and the use of biomass is indispensable in this. Independent prove of meeting sustainability criteria is an important condition for the use of biomass. Moreover, certification can expand trading possibilities as well as prove compliance with international regulations.

What is biomass?
Biomass is an organic substance that comes from recent living material, which forms part of the short-term carbon cycle. The carbon capture in the renewable cycle is crucial in achieving CO2 reduction. In practice, biomass is derived from two types of sources:

1) harvest or cultivation from agriculture or forestry
2) as a residual stream from a process or product.

Examples of the first category include energy crops such as canola, cultivated grasses, palm oil, wood and jatropha. Residual streams are also very diverse: from animal sources and fertiliser to vegetables, fruit & garden waste and waste wood.  This variety of biomass sources leads to an even broader spectrum of markets and applications.

Sustainability of biomass
The sustainability of biomass depends on the entire production, trade and consumption supply cycle. The sustainability is determined for example by the cultivation method, the processing, the transport within the supply chain, the energy generation and possible competition with food crops. The Better Biomass (NTA 8080) scheme applies to the whole spectrum, including solid, liquid and gaseous biomass.

The work group ‘Sustainability criteria for biomass' has made a Netherlands Technical Agreement under the leadership of the Netherlands Standardisation Institute (NEN), namely the NTA 8080. This NTA 8080 gives the criteria for the sustainability of biomass for energy purposes. These criteria are based on the well-known Cramer criteria. The criteria from the NTA 8080 are relevant to:
- reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,
- competition with food and/or other local applications,
- biodiversity,
- environment, welfare and well-being

Better Biomass (NTA 8080) certification is recognized as a voluntary scheme by the European Commission for demonstrating compliance  with the sustainability criteria of Directives 98/70/EC and 2009/28/EC.

Better Biomass Certification
Certification - combined with continual montoring - according to the Better Biomass (NTA 8080) standard is possible on the basis of the NTA 8081 certification scheme.  QS certification is an accredited certification body for the abovementioned scheme.

NEN manages the register of NTA 8080 certified organisations, click here to view the register. 
More information regarding the certification procedure is available from the NTA8081 Certification scheme.

QS Certification is an active member of the NTA 8080 Board of Experts.

More information

For more information regarding NTA 8080 Certification or an informal quotation, please contact Mr. Jorn Bronsvoort, through +31 (0)88 166 2000.

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