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The replacement of fossil fuels is an important step in the reduction of GHG emissions

The use of renewable feedstock as well as  biogenic waste and residues for the production of fuel could reduce the demand for fossil fuels significantly. Fuels from renewable sources, so-called ´biofuels´, could for example replace (a part of) the use of fossil fuel in transport. The European Union has implemented legislation to promote the use of renewable energy in this regard.

The continuous production of large amounts of biofuels demands the development of a production and processing supply chain, from the farm, through converstion units and traders to the final users in the market which blend the actual biofuel into the common fuels. Such artificial market regulations usually leads to price pressure on the already scarce commodities. Resulting negative environmental and social impacts must therefore be avoided.

To prevent above impacts the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EG) prescribes sustainability requirements for the production of biomass. The conformity to these requirements as well as full transparancy through the whole supply and production chains should be guaranteed to be able to describe a biofuel as sustainable. The means to these goals are certification standards, for example the REDcert scheme.

REDcert is designed and approved as European standard, to be used within Europe as well as Ukraine and Belarus. The standard covers all elements in the supply chain: farms, first gathering points, conversion units, traders, storage terminals, for all agricultural raw materials as well as wastes/residues. Being benchmarked and accepted by the ISCC scheme in the area of wastes/residues, REDcert mostly receives its popularity in this area.