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REDcert - Sustainable Biomass

Biomass REDcert

A certification according to REDcert (REDcert DE and REDcert EU) can be used as evidence for fulfillment of the statuary sustainability requirements for biofuels within the bioenergy market (in force since 2011).

REDcert systems apply for all participating steps – starting with production and storage of raw materials via the conversion in oil mills to the production of biofuels.

As of 2015 there is the possibility for a certification of sustainable biomass with REDcert² in non-regulated markets. This enables the certification of sustainable supply chains in the food and feed market. REDcert² is based on the REDcert EU System in form and content. With slight additional expenses a certification with REDcert² and REDcert EU at the same time is possible.

  • REDcert DE may be used by companies, whos products are meant to be sold in the German market.
  • REDcert EU is applicable for the whole European market.
  • REDcert² is applicable for the whole European market.

The specifications for certification according to the REDcert systems are listed in the certification scheme. This can be found under documents.

REDcert systems are based on requirements stated in Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 23, 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC (further referred to as the RED or Renewable Energy Directive). The requirements of the REDcert EU System are in line with the aims defined in the Directive, and they also take into account local conditions.

You can download further information from this website (see documents) or obtain them from REDcert GmbH.

The first step in the certification process is the transmission of your company information for the generation of a quotation. For this purpose please fill out our customer questionnaire. If you do not wish to receive a quotation, the schedule of fees in their current version apply. To start the certification process please send in the signed and stamped application form. Next we will assign an auditor who will arrange an on site audit at your company.

Note: The audit can only be performed in case of an existent registration with REDcert.

DIN CERTCO adopts a three-tier approach to certifying the sustainability of your biofuel products:

Audit of Sustainability Criteria in the Field

  • Verify land use and change of use with the help of databases and satellite imagery
  • Check system documentation

Mass Balance Verification

  • Accounting for incoming and outgoing flows of biomass
  • Audit of the reliability and sustainability of the system

Calculation of Greenhouse Gas Savings

  • Plausability check according to requirements for GHG calculation from REDcert

Note: The 2009/28/EC directive requires GHG emission savings of 35%, increased to 50% in January 2017, and 60% in January 2018 for plants where production will start in 2017.     

Following the audit the data will be assessed and a certification decision will be made.

Documents