As part of our commitment to sustainable forestry, Solvay Biomass Energy LLC is certified under the stringent standards of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
Solvay Biomass Energy LLC participates in the following standards. Our compliance with these standards has been verified by independent third parties.
Forest Stewardship Council®
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC has defined 10 principles and associated criteria that describe how forests must be managed to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations. These fundamental principles are realized in forests worldwide through FSC certification.
Certification allows productive forests and manufacturers to follow the vision and mission of FSC, with verification of environmental and social performance to ensure responsible management practices. To earn FSC certification and the right to use the FSC label, an organization must conform to all applicable FSC requirements. Learn more: www.fsc.org
Solvay Biomass Energy’s FSC certification is provided through Rainforest Alliance. The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization with over 25 years’ experience in the development and promotion of sustainable standards in farming, forestry and tourism. These standards protect the environment and promote the well-being of workers, their families and their communities.
The Rainforest Alliance pioneered the concept of responsible forestry certification in 1989 and has since certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards more than 159 million acres (64 million hectares) in more than 48 countries around the world. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.
SFI Certified Sourcing
The SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard is for organizations that do not own or manage land but do procure wood directly from forests. Program Participants must show that the raw material in their supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources, whether the forests are certified or not.
The SFI certified sourcing label is proof Solvay Biomass Energy is using fiber from responsible and legal sources. This demonstrates our support for improved forestry practices and strong communities across North America.
SFI Chain of Custody
SFI chain-of-custody certification extends into the marketplace by tracking fiber content from certified forest content, certified sourcing, and post consumer recycled content.
With SFI chain-of-custody certification, we are meeting the growing demand from governments, customers and consumers for forest products from responsible sources.
PEFC Chain of Custody
Chain of Custody certification offers assurances that the final wood and/or non-timber product can be traced back to a sustainable source and that production processes used to transform the finished product have been implemented with due respect for environmental, economic and social standards.
Chain of Custody certification includes a due diligence system to exclude wood from unknown, illegal and controversial sources. By implementing and maintaining a robust Chain of Custody system, companies can provide assurances that their products do not contain wood from illegal sources.