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Enhancing the implementation of quality and sustainability standards for solid biofuels

The SolidStandards project addresses ongoing and recent developments related to solid biofuel quality and sustainability issues, in particular the development of related standards and certification systems.

The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the European Commission are responsible for the standardization, respectively for policy decisions regarding solid biofuels quality and sustainability criteria.

These initiatives largely impact on the work of practitioners along the whole biomass supply chain while the underlying processes and their outcomes are complicated and sometimes intransparent. There is also the risk that the solid biofuel industry is not involved sufficiently in standardization or legislation procedures.
In the SolidStandards project, solid biofuel industry players will be informed and trained in the field of standards and certification and their feedback will be collected and provided to the related standardization committees and policy makers.

The core of the action is the organization of 35 training events for producers, traders and end-users of solid biofuels and actors involved in standardization and certification. Trainings aim at increasing the target group’s ability to implement quality and sustainability standardization and certification.
The consortium will work with 7 selected solid biofuel companies and support them in implementing European quality standards. The process will be documented and shall serve as a guideline for standard implementation.

In order to contribute to the discussion on binding sustainability criteria for solid biofuels, project activities include the organization of a workshop with key stakeholders to provide input to the EC decision on the need for mandatory requirements for the sustainability of solid biofuels. Taking into account the decision of the EC, existing sustainability schemes will be analysed, reviewed, assessed for compliance with the EC decision and tested in a number of practical case studies.
Finally, the project contains several tools for feedback collection from the industry. This feedback will be collected, analysed and provided to European and national standardization organizations in Europe.

For a brief project overview, please download the SolidStandards project flyer.

 

The SolidStandards project (EIE/10/218) is supported by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.

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News

2014-May-22
Conference on Impact and achievements of IEE bioenergy projects.
The conference will present the impact achieved by the projects funded under the IEE programme as well as the final results of the 8 solid biomass and biogas projects coming to an end in 2014 including the SolidStandards project. For more information please click here.

 

2014-January-07
A training on wood chips, woody and non-woody pellets will be organised by CIRCE in Zaragoza, Spain on 15 January 2014.
Please click here to download the Agenda
For more information please contact:
Eva López Hernández,
Grupo BERA (CIRCE),
Tel: 876 555 511,
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2013-November-14
HFA designed booklets with 54 wood chip and hog fuel samples, including the product declarations according to ÖNORM C 4005 and ISO/FDIS 17225-1. Download the excerpt of the english version here and the excerpt of the German version here.
For more information please contact Monika Steiner m.steiner(at)holzforschung.at

 

2013-July-10
The second training on wood pellets in Denmark will be organised on 20 August 2013 during the Danish wood pellet conference. For more information please check this link: http://www.forcetechnology.com/da/Menu/Arrangementer/tr%C3%A6pillestandarder-kvalitetssikring.htm

 

2013-May-08
The training on General and sustainibility standardisation and wood pellets in The Netherlands will be organised on 3 June 2013

The second training on wood pellets in Germany will be organised on 04 June 2013

The second training on non-woody pellets in Poland will be organised on 18 June 2013

 

2013-April-04
The second training on wood chips in Germany will be organised on 13 May 2013

The first training on wood chips in Italy will be organised on 14 May 2013

The training on wood pellets in Bulgaria will be organised on 28 May 2013

 

2013-February-15
ÖNORM C 4005 & ÖNORM C 4006 published as national supplement to European solid biomass standards

2013-February-4
The training on wood chips in Finland will be organised on 9-10 April 2013

The second training on wood chips in Austria will be organised on 11 April  2013

 

2013-January-1
The training on firewood in Bulgaria will be organised on 5 March 2013

 

2012-December-12
International standards will supersede current European standards for solid biofuels

 

2012-December-1
The training on wood chips in Croatia will be organised on 16 January 2013

The training on wood pellets in Italy will be organised on 14 February 2013

 

2012-October-1
The first training on wood chips in Germany will be organised on 20 November 2012
The training on non-woody pellets in Germany will be organised on 29 November 2012

The training on non-woody pellets in Lithuania will be organised on 20 December 2012
The training on wood pellets in Lithuania will be organised on 26 November 2012

The second training on wood pellets in Poland will be organised on 23 November 2012

 

2012-September-3
The training on wood chips in Lithuania will be organised on 30 October 2012

2012-August-1
The training on briquettes, wood chips and firewood in Poland will be organised on 17 September 2012

The training on non-woody pellets in the Czech Republic will be organised on 19 September 2012

 

2012-May-3
The Dutch SolidStandards Training will be held in Utrecht June 7&8, 2012. Find more information here: http://www.nen.nl/web/Evenementen/Evenementenkalender/Training-over-normen-kwaliteit-en-duurzaamheid-vaste-biomassa.htm

 

2011-December-1
The SolidStandards standardization guidebook is finalised and ready for download.

 

2011-November-1
The SolidStandards sustainability guidebook is finalised and ready for download.

 

2011-October-26
The product standard for non-woody pellets (EN14961-6) and the specific quality ensurance standards (EN15234-2 to 6) have been officially approved.

 

2011-October-14
In a first round of consultation, more than 120 industry stakeholders from all over Europe have been consulted and contributed to the development of the SolidStandards training.

 

2011-July-22
www.solidstandards.eu is launched

 

2011-June-7
SolidStandards workshop on sustainability criteria for solid biofuels

 

2011-May-12
We are looking for companies interested in implementing European quality standards for solid biofuels

 

2011-April-1
Start of the SolidStandards project