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Searching for Sustainability: Comparative Analysis of Certification Schemes for Biomass used for the Production of Biofuels

This study analyses and compares all standards and certification schemes for biofuels production that were approved to comply with the EU RED requirements. The study compared all of the EU-recognized schemes for certifying the sustainability of biofuels which had been established as of June, 2013. Measuring these 13 standards and certification schemes against WWF’s sustainability criteria revealed each standard’s overall added sustainability value and identified areas for improvement. The results of this study are an overview and comparison of strengths and weaknesses for each standard from which the authors extracted recommendations for the scheme owners for improvement of their environmental and social performance. The study follows on with recommendations for EU RED legislation.