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Wednesday, 19 March 2014
GreenWood Resources earns first dual FSC/RSB Bio-fuels Certification

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March 19, 2014

On February 4, 2014, the GreenWood Tree Farm Fund announced it had become the world’s first short-rotation forest plantation to earn certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The GreenWood Tree Farm Fund is managed by GreenWood Resources.

The RSB certification covers GreenWood’s cultivation, management and harvesting of coppiced poplar trees, which are used as biomass feedstock for the cellulosic ethanol industry or pelletized for direct combustion in biomass electric plants.

GreenWood Tree Farm Fund is also FSC certified (SCS-FM/COC-0034P), making their poplar plantations in the Pacific Northwest the first to earn FSC/RSB dual certification.

While the topic of biomass energy has generated a fair bit of controversy, the plantation was established on old agricultural lands and RSB certification provides assurance of added CO2 value.

Without adequate controls for greenhouse gas emissions – and FSC certification in place – energy produced from forest materials can result in severe degradation of forests, as well as increased outputs of atmospheric carbon. By achieving dual FSC and RSB certification, GreenWood Resources has created a program that can protect the environmental and social values of forests, and also ensure that claims about carbon are backed by rigorous third-party certification.

Scientific Certification Systems conducted the RSB certification of the Boardman, OR tree farm. The RSB audit was conducted jointly with GreenWood’s annual FSC certification renewal.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials – a member of the ISEAL Alliance – is a global sustainability certification system.

Related, on April 28-30, 2014 the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance will host a conference in Seattle focused on bio-fuels and co-products. For more information, click here.