Greenwood Resources Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and Forest Stewardship Council Certifications
Geneva, 4 February 2014 – The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is pleased to announce that GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The RSB certification covers GTFF’s cultivation, management and harvesting of coppiced poplar trees, used as biomass feedstock for the cellulosic ethanol industry or pelletized for direct combustion in biomass electric plants.
GTFF is also the first plantation to be jointly certified by both RSB and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Combined, these two certifications recognize GWR’s effort to maintain biodiversity, protect water resources, account for greenhouse gas emissions, treat workers fairly, and benefit the community.
“Biomass from trees is an ideal solution for generating renewable fuels and chemicals while reducing reliance on fossil fuels,” said Jeff Nuss, President and CEO of GreenWood Resources, Inc. (GWR) who manage GTFF. “GWR’s high-yield, short-rotation tree farms need less fertilizer and less energy to produce than traditional row crops, and they produce greater energy output per unit of production. We take our sustainability mission very seriously and are proud to have received the RSB designation.”
“RSB is proud to offer Greenwood Resources certification for their sustainable biomass feedstock,” says Rolf Hogan, Executive Director of RSB. “Greenwood provides a model for sustainable production of biomass and is a great example of a short-rotation tree farm that can reach the highest level of sustainability.”
“While biofuels for both transportation and energy production offer promise as an alternative to fossil fuels, production of its raw material can have a major impact on land, air, and water resources,” said Neil Mendenhall, Manager of Supply Chain Services at SCS Global Services (SCS) who audited the Boardman, Oregon tree farm to RSB standards jointly with the annual renewal of GWR’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.. “GWR is demonstrating a sustainable approach to the production of biomaterials that has a much reduced environmental impact.”
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is a global sustainability standard and voluntary certification system for biomaterials production. The RSB standard represents a consensus of over 100 organizations around the world including farmers, refiners, governments, UN agencies and NGOs. It was designed to ensure the sustainability of biomaterials production while providing user-friendly tools for industry to demonstrate compliance. RSB certification validates sustainable production including greenhouse gas emission reductions, respect for
human rights, protection of biodiversity and water and maintenance of food security. RSB is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance, which defines codes of good practices for standard-setting organisations.
About GreenWood Resources, Inc.
GreenWood Resources, Inc. (GWR) is an integrated global investment company focused on the development and operations of high yield short rotation forestry assets with operations in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. GWR’s core competencies – capital/ investment management, superior plant material, tree improvement methodologies, forestry operations and sales and marketing – uniquely address the broad skills required to produce superior, risk- adjusted returns for investments into intensively managed forestry assets.
About SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for three decades. Programs span a cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, and more. SCS is a Certified B CorporationTM, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practice.