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.
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 October 8th 2019 Green Gold Label has been approved by the Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs and Climate policy for all SDE+ biomass categories. As a result of this GGL can be used to show compliance against all SDE+ criteria. Following the approval the latest set of published GGL standards and normative documents must[…]
Following the stakeholder consultation and approval from the GGL Board and Advisory Council have the following documents been published on the GGL documents page: GGLS5 Forest Management Criteria version 2-3 GGLS2 Agricultural Criteria version 2-3 GGL Certification Regulation version 7-3 These documents have been updated to ensure compliance with SDE+ biomass category 1 – 4 and[…]
Stakeholder consultation announcement – ends March 25th 2019 Following the approval by the GGL Board and GGL Advisory Council The Green Gold Label Foundation invites stakeholders and other interested parties to provide feedback on the following documents: GGLS5 – Forest Management Criteria v2-3 D1 GGLS2 – Agricultural Source Criteria v2-3 D1 GGL Certification Regulation v7-3[…]
As published yesterday Green Gold Label has been approved under SDE+ for biomass category 5 by the Dutch government. As a result of the approval various new normative documents are available against which GGL participants can be certified. In this post we will run through the main changes in each applicable document and the transition[…]
As of January 24th 2019 Green Gold Label has been approved by the Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs and Climate policy for SDE+ biomass category 5 (residues) and COC. As a result of this GGL can be used to show compliance against the SDE+ criteria for sustainable biomass category 5. Following the approval the following[…]
As of July 17th the GGL Foundation has submitted its scheme for review by the Dutch advisory commission on sustainability of biomass for energy applications in order to meet the requirements of SDE+. As posted previously GGL received feedback from the Dutch advisory commission to update GGL on a few issues identified in order to[…]
GGL has decided to temporarily withdraw its certification scheme from the assessment procedure by the Dutch advisory commission on sustainability of biomass for energy applications (ADBE). A preliminary assessment report by ADBE presented a generally positive evaluation, while it also recommended several changes to GGL in order to be fully compliant. GGL wishes to process[…]
As of October 17th the GGL Foundation has submitted its scheme for review by the Dutch advisory commission on sustainability of biomass for energy applications in order to meet the requirements of SDE+. The commissions review results are expected by early to mid 2018. More information can be found on the commissions website: https://www.adviescommissiedbe.nl/ggl
As of today the new GGL standards have been launched and are available under the ‘documents’ section. All current GGL participants shall be audited against the new standards during their next re-assessment or surveillance audit by the Certification Body. More detailed information on the main changes will be released soon.
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