Improving smallholder inclusiveness of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

The Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is an international initiative to develop sustainability standards for biomaterials production. The current standard is valid for all producers of biofuels. However, it contains no specific provisions for smallholders, who risk being excluded from the sustainable biomaterials markets. In recognition of this, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the founder and former host of RSB, appointed Aidenvironment to adapt specific elements of the RSB system to the needs of small-scale feedstock producers in developing countries.

Aidenvironment has developed a smallholder interpretation of the RSB Principles & Criteria and a Group Certification Standard, with specific smallholder guidelines and guidance. The standards have been field tested in South Africa, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, India, and Brazil. We also suggested a context specific definition of smallholders and made additional recommendations to promote smallholder inclusiveness in Voluntary Sustainability Standards. The RSB will take these standards into their consultation process in 2014.

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