26-05-2015 Recently Eneco received the Better Biomass certificate for its new biomass plant Bio Golden Raand in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The certificate was issued by Jorn Bronsvoort, director of Quality Service Certification. With this certificate, Eneco demonstrates that the plant in Delfzijl, which produces green electricity from waste wood, complies with the international criteria for sustainably produced biomass.
‘Better Biomass’ is the new name for the certificates that are issued to companies that produce, trade or process sustainable biomass based on NTA 8080 . Bio Golden Raand is the first biomass plant in the world that has obtained the Better Biomass certificate under this new name.
Eneco has agreed with its biomass suppliers that they will all obtain the Better Biomass certificate before the end of 2015. This satisfies WWF, with which the energy company has a partnership. Arjette Stevens, Senior Advisor Biomass at the WWF, emphasizes the importance of certification: ’WWF welcomes this first important step, by which Eneco shows that it is taking the lead in the Netherlands in the use of really sustainable resources for energy production. We are glad that Eneco opts for waste wood over felling trees. The use of residues reduces the pressure on forests.’
NEN, the Dutch standardisation institute, manages the certification scheme, which is linked to the Better Biomass certificate, and supports its revision including the name change. Piet-Hein Daverveldt, managing director of NEN, about the first Better Biomass certificate: 'We are proud that Eneco is rewarded for her efforts to increase the sustainability of the supply chain with obtaining the Better Biomass certificate. It proves once more that this certification system is a very useful instrument for companies to demonstrate the sustainability of the biomass used'.