Statkraft certified as first Sustainable Biomass Partnership® wood chip producer and trader

03.11.2016 15:41 | pressrelease

Wood chips

(London/Oslo, 3 November 2016) Statkraft, Europe's largest producer of renewable energy, became the first international wood chip producer and supplier and trader to be certified under the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certification scheme.

"Statkraft fully subscribes to the SBP vision to provide economically, environmentally and socially sustainable wood fuel that contributes to a low carbon economy," says Christopher Moore, Head of Biomass Trading and Origination.

"Therefore we are proud to be certified as a sustainable producer and trader of biomass and delighted to complement our position as a trusted partner with environmental and ethical principles at its centre. We can now prove that we fulfil all legal, regulatory and sustainable requirements along the value chain from harvesting, transport, processing, storage and shipping."

Use of biomass in renewable energy generation is not only moving in the direction of wood fibre from sustainable forest management such as FSC and PEFC certified material, but also with respect to the sourcing of low greenhouse gas intensity fuels. This is a consequence of national incentives or industry agreements to achieve emissions reduction targets.

Statkraft's achievement of SBP certification and the geographical location of its first biomass hub in Tofte, Southern Norway, enables Statkraft to provide SBP certified sustainable wood chip of low greenhouse gas intensity to installations throughout Europe.

In order to receive the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certification Statkraft needs to track and record the sustainability data from the place of harvest of the round wood right to the delivery to the customer. Auditing Statkraft’s London office and Statkraft’s biomass site in Tofte, Norway took place over the summer and the final accreditation achieved on 14th October 2016.

Statkraft is also Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and EnPlus certified since 2013.

About Statkraft's biomass business
Statkraft operates a wood chip manufacturing site in Tofte, Norway and runs a biomass trading office. The company offers wood chip to individual customer specification alongside bankable, long term risk absorbing commodity contracts. With the SBP certification Statkraft offers a highly sustainable, high energy reliable product which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 90%.

About Statkraft
Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe's largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, gas-fired power and district heating and is a global player in energy market operations. Statkraft has 4,200 employees in more than 20 countries.

About Sustainable Biomass Partnership
SBP is a certification scheme that provides a framework to provide assurance that woody biomass is obtained from legal and sustainable sources. One major difference between SBP certification compared to FSC or PEFC certification is that SBP certificate holders are required to account for fossil fuel use in the sourcing and production of biomass. The fossil fuel use data collated by the producer is independently checked by a SBP accredited third-party. SBP certification enables biomass customers to have independent assurances that the fossil fuel use values collated and provided are truthful and accurate and verified.