Green Gold Label (GGL) is an international certification programme for sustainable biomass
GGL was established in 2002 and is owned by the Green Gold Label Foundation. GGL is amongst the earliest biomass certification schemes. It has acquired a unique track record in the certification and tracking and tracing of sustainable biomass. Certification against GGL is done by independent, accredited third party certification bodies. GGL certification covers the complete supply chain from production, processing, transport to final use for bioenergy and biobased applications. The scope includes woody, agri-residue and waste wood biomass, as well as bioliquids. To uphold the functionality of GGL in a changing market, a management change has been implemented as of December 16, 2015. The former Executive Board members from RWE/Essent and Engie S.A. have been replaced with Mr. Ger Ostermeijer, a biomass expert, and Mr. Gijs van der Lee, an expert on certification. Both are related to the Control Union organization. The Board is chaired by Dr Ronald Zwart. Control Union is a worldwide provider of certification programs and is accredited under ISO/IEC 17 065:2012 for impartial third-party operation of product certification schemes. With the management change, GGL has no longer any connections with RWE/Essent and Engie S.A. and is well-positioned to fully exploit market opportunities for GGL beyond the certification of biomass for electricity production.
GGL primarily focuses on two market segments
- Biomass for the production of biobased chemicals and other products.
- Biomass for electricity and heat production.
GGL is a certification scheme for sustainable biomass. It offers standards for specific parts of the supply chain, as well as track & trace standards. GGL is in compliance with the Dutch regulatory requirements for the use of biomass in energy production.
Green Gold Label certification is done by accredited, independent third party inspection bodies. It is exactly this independent certification that gives Green Gold Label its credibility. Auditing takes place on a yearly basis. The Certification Register is an actual account of the GGL certificates issued.
As of today the GGL foundation has released draft versions of the GGL standards & supporting documents. All stakeholders are invited to provide input on these documents as part of the ongoing revision process of the GGL standards. The deadline for this consultation is May14th 2017. More information and the documents can be found here
To uphold the functionality of GGL in a changing market, a management change has been implemented as of December 16, 2015. The former Executive Board members from RWE/Essent and Engie S.A. have been replaced with Mr. Ger Ostermeijer, a biomass expert, and Mr. Gijs van der Lee, an expert on certification. Both are related to[…]
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