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.
Updated measures with regard to GGL audit and certification process, valid until the 30th of September 2020. COVID-19 Guidance GGL May 2020
GGLS5 is based on the sustainability requirements set by the Netherlands and the Renewable Energy Directive’s sustainability criteria (2009/28/EC) (SDE+). GGLS5 has not been developed to replace existing forest management standards or schemes. However this standard can be applied if non-endorsed and non-certified materials are sourced under the scope of a GGL participant certificate; this[…]
Stakeholder consultation announcement – ends April 23rd 2020 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: GGL 1d. Instruction document for using PKS v1-0 Draft version GGL 1e. Raw Materials Statement PKS v1-0 D1[…]
As of January 15th 2020, 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. Changes to Forest Management schemes which are accepted by SDE+ are as follow:[…]
As 29th January 2020, the list of GGL members has been updated. Please follow the link below to check the new list. Certification Register
Following approval by the GGL Board and Advisory Council the GGL Participant Fee policy has been released and published. Starting from 1-1-2020 all GGL Participants will be charged a fixed or tonnage fee based on GGL certified volumes sold. The volumes are taken from those included in the GGL transaction certificates. All GGL Participants will[…]
In order to make the process of the Transaction Certificates more transparent and intuitive few changes have been applied to the template. Just the 1st page of the Transaction Statement was edited. In specific it will be asked to the users, to: Provide the unique code(s) coming with the received TCs; in this way[…]
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[…]