CEN TC 383 is elaborating European standard(s) concerning sustainably produced biomass for, as a minimum but not restricted to, energy applications (such as transport, heat, electricity and cooling).

The standard(s) developed will allow users to check for the sustainability themes as laid down by the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). In addition, the TC may address possible social, environmental and economic themes, both direct and where relevant indirect, which are additional to the sustainability themes defined in the RED, and elaborate criteria, indicators and methodologies for those.

ECOS is also involved in the ISO Project Committe 248  on Sustainability criteria for bioenergy. This focuses on international standardisation in the field of sustainability criteria for production, supply chain and application of bioenergy, including  terminology and aspects related to the sustainability (e.g. environmental, social and economic) of bioenergy.

ECOS Objectives:

  • Improve the existing sustainability criteria for biofuels through the development of standards
  • Develop a standard that goes beyond the criteria given in the RED. These standards may significantly influence other biomass production sectors (food, feed, fibre)

ECOS activities:

In CEN TC 383, ECOS has been calling for widening of the scope and recommencement of the work on the indirect effects (WG6). Also calling for the production of ENs rather than technical specifications or reports, which can be referenced in EU legislation, be widely communicated and replace any national standards. Since these demands are unlikely to be met, ECOS has decided to focus primarily on the ISO process. 

Concerning the ISO PC 248, the first meeting took place in April 2010. The ECOS expert has called for increased civil society participation as well as the inclusion of the indirect effects in the future standard (planned adoption date in 2013). Currently, ECOS focuses  its participatin on the environmental and indirect effects group (WG3 and WG4) and potentially the plenary.