Certification Programmes

Green Gold Label (GGL) is an international certification programme for sustainable biomass

GGL - Green Gold Label

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.

Both the information on the origin (forestry or agriculture) and the supply chain (energy and carbon) are taken into consideration. It is also aligned with national schemes for sustainable biomass procurement, such as the Dutch Sustainable Energy Programme.

The Green Gold Label has a unique track record as one of the first biomass certification schemes and is used worldwide. The GGL standard covers a wide range of different areas and services. Specific standards apply depending on the sector, e.g.:

  • Product chain

  • Forestry sources

  • Agricultural sources

  • Producers/ suppliers (energy producers)

The GGL standards also cover energy and CO2 data that must be provided throughout the supply chain. Transaction certificates are issued for transactions between GGL certified companies in the supply chain.

GGL audits are conducted annually. Control Union Certifications (CUC) is accredited by RvA (Dutch Accreditation Council) for GGL. CUC has certified companies worldwide according to the requirements of the programme.

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