Biofuel and Biomass Certification Standard

Standard Development Process Timeline start date, December 2018
Co-chairs Mr.RR Rashmi and Dr. Jagdish Kishwan
Standard Development Group  Stakeholder Mapping being carried out

NCCF is developing a Certification Scheme for Biofuels, Bioliquids, Biogas, and Bioproducts made from sustainably sourced biomass.

Scope of the Standard

  1. Biofuels: Liquid and gaseous fuels produced from sustainably sourced biomass for use in transportation. Example: Ethanol produced from sugarcane, Biodiesel.
  2. Bioliquids: Liquid fuels produced from sustainably sourced biomass for producing energy for use in entities other than transport. They are usually made from used or untouched vegetable and seed oils.
  3. Biogas: Gaseous fuels produced from sustainably sourced biomass for producing energy for use in entities other than transport. Example: Biogas produced from food waste to be used in thermal power plants as a substitute for natural gas.
  4. Advanced Fuels: Liquid and gaseous fuels produced from sustainability sourced materials other than biomass for use in entities including transport. Examples: Fuels produced from plastic waste, industrial waste, etc.
  5. Bioproducts: Solid, liquid, or gaseous products for use other than for producing energy, originating from sustainably sourced biomass or waste and/or residues for industrial, commercial, or domestic use. They may act as a substitute for products conventionally derived from fossil fuel or other non-renewable sources. Example: Bioplastics from plant oils and sugars, Bio-foams and Bio-rubber from plant oils and latex, Bio-composites manufactured from agricultural and forestry bio fibers.

Need for the Standard

  1. To ensure protection and sustainable management of natural resources along with conservation of natural ecosystems.
  2. To gradually reduce the use of fossil fuels.
  3. To ensure no compromise with the nation’s food security.
  4. To assist in India’s NDC goals of reducing emission intensity by 33-35%, and creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3.0 billion tonnes of CO2eq.
  5. To assist the organizations and sectors in complying with national and international instruments of climate change mitigation and adaptation with the overarching objective of sustainable development of all nations and people.

Benefits of the Standard

  1. Environmentally safe, Socially acceptable, and Economically viable.
  2. Overall reduction in GHG emissions due to reduced dependence on fossil fuels.
  3. Establishing traceability and legal sourcing of the certified material.
  4. Promotion of improved and sustained quality and quantity of biofuels and biomass.
  5. Increased marketing opportunities for certified economic operators.
  6. Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through production, processing, and use of biofuels and other related products.  

We seek your valuable comments, feedback, and suggestions to take this idea forward and elicit the support of relevant stakeholders

Document Library

EOI for ParticipationTOR- SDG- Bio F&MConcept Note