Sustainability is a high priority topic for biomass and biofuel buyers. Naturally there is a concern that processing and burning of biomass affects the overall tree count and and has undesired emissions to the environment.
The biomass boom, especially in Asia, is fairly young and still in an orientation phase. Several sustainability certification systems have been established in Europe or are in implementation phase, but there is no global standard. Due to the lack of standards and enforcement the reputation of Asia in regards to deforestation and illegal logging is fairly negative and the concerns raised by biomass buyers from around the world need to be addressed. This needs to be addressed from several angles to proof genuine sustainability.
The key is to ensure that all projects provide a sustainability concept and proof. We want to be on the forefront of this initiative and are in the process of implementing our own sustainability standards, which derive from the major European standards.
- No primary or secondary forest present or recently cut
- Plantations are established on idle land not used for agricultural purposes
- Water resources are used in a sustainable way
- Preferably organic compost and fertilizers are applied
- Application of fertilizers and erosion are minimized
- Build-up of a humus layer on previously depleted soil
- Employment for local, especially rural citizens is created
- Employees are trained and personal protection equipment is provided to employees at no cost
- No child labour (minimum age 18)
- Tenants on the leased land are allowed to stay
- Proactive and involving community relations with local citizens as well as local government units
- Cooperation with educational institutions
- Compliance with local and applicable international laws
We will work by international standards for sustainability. We will engage in local communities and improve the livelihoods through provision of employment and education. We will create win-win scenarios for all stakeholders. We will protect the environment. We will contribute to mitigation of climate change. We will not engage in deforestation and only use idle land. We will not engage in food versus energy competition. We will engage in making a difference.
In order to provide our stakeholders with an independent proof of the sustainability of our management processes, Pelletasia has secured or is in the process of securing certification from multiple internationally recognized sustainability schemes, including the following:
- International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) certification of secure, sustainable and eco-friendly biomass and bioenergy
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) covering sustainable management of plantations
- Certification (PEFC) – Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes
- Rainforest Alliance addressing conservation of biodiversity and sustainable livelihood programs