Why Choose RSB

Demonstrate your commitment to a sustainable bio-based and circular economy with RSB certification.

Certification to the RSB Standard covers feedstock production, entire supply chains, and novel technologies, including fuel, biomass and material products from bio-based and recycled carbon, including fossil waste.

RSB’s process is user-friendly, comprehensive and acknowledged as the strongest and most trusted of its kind by WWF, IUCN and NRDC.

It is also recognised by regulatory authorities in the EU and Japan – allowing preferential market access to RSB certified biomaterials.

Certification to the world’s most trusted Standard supports the development of a truly sustainable bio-based and circular economy, benefiting producers, processors, end-users and the health our planet.

RSB Certification promises to help you:

  • Identify and mitigate risk to build trust among shareholders, investors, customers and stakeholders; to incorporate sustainability in the operators’ management system; and to develop a long term business strategy committed to sustainable practices.
  • Access new, developing and discerning markets (including aviation and EU markets).
  • Increase trust and reputation among your investors, stakeholders and customers.
  • Overcome negative perceptions attached to some biomaterials.
Global Recognition

Certification Benefits

  • Identify and mitigate risks
  • Unlock new markets
  • Credibility
  • Identify and mitigate risks

    Your shareholders, investors and customers will trust your product claims and you reduce the risk of negative media and NGO exposure.

  • Unlock new markets

    Widely recognised by regulatory authorities in Europe, Japan and elsewhere, RSB-certified products gain swift approval and preferential access to the incentivised EU market and aviation sector.

  • Credibility

    RSB certification is the most trusted and peer reviewed of its kind, and is globally accepted by WWF, IUCN and NRDC as being at the forefront of sustainability.

The Pillars of RSB's Approach to Sustainability

  • Social
  • Environmental
  • Economic
  • Social

    In areas of poverty, the RSB ensures that the production of biomaterials enhances food security and local livelihoods.

  • Environmental

    Certification mandates biodiversity preservation, as well as best practices in land and water management.

  • Economic

    The RSB works with the private sector and its multi-stakeholder members to make sure that sustainability requirements remain efficient and practical to implement.

Getting RSB Certified

Our user-friendly certification scheme is the strongest and most trusted of its kind. RSB’s certification ensures that any bio-based feedstock, biomass-derived material and any advanced fuel, as well as complete supply-chains and novel technologies are socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and credibly sourced – supporting the mitigation of business, environmental and social risk.

Explore the RSB Certification Process

What Can Be Certified

Certification to the RSB Standard covers fuel, biomass and material products from bio-based and recycled carbon, including fossil waste.

Helping operators meet the requirements of multiple standards through joint audits

Collaboration with Other Standards

The RSB can work with other credible sustainability standards, such as other ISEAL Alliance members, to promote sustainability in the bioenergy and bio-products markets. These are multi-stakeholder standards that include a clear balance between the voices of industry and civil society and that aim to make a genuine positive impact on the environment and communities.

RSB can recognise other voluntary certification schemes, making audits simpler. A joint certification can allow other voluntary schemes to access diverse global markets and allows biomaterial certified by other schemes to enter an RSB-certified supply chain.

Before recognising another certification scheme, the RSB conducts an in-depth review to identify equivalencies and gaps between the RSB and the other standard. It also identifies any additional requirements to be met by an operator already certified under the other scheme, in order for them to become RSB certified. Guidance and checklists are then developed for certification bodies to carry out ‘top-up’, or joint audits.

Voluntary standards who wish to be considered for RSB recognition should contact us.

Get Ahead in the New Bio-Based & Circular Economy

With RSB, you can unlock access to industry-leading partners & expertise across the private sector, civil society and government.

Case Study

RSB & US Corn Stover Protocol

The RSB worked with partners in the USA to develop a protocol to assist auditors and producers in assessing the volumes of corn stover that can be removed from fields without having a detrimental impact on the ecosystem. Stakeholders involved in the development of the protocol included the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), NRCS Soil Science Division, the USDA Agricultural Research Service as well as US-based industrial and NGO participants.

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