Biofuels

Biofuel is a relatively new product category within Good Environmental Choice. The ecolabel is one of SSNC’s tools for pushing development towards a more sustainable energy system.

Good Environmental Choice is an ecolabel with very ambitious criteria. I believe that the reason we are the first biogas manufacturer being granted the label is that we’ve had a consistent way of thinking sustainably for many years.
Anders Ericsson, Chief Energy Manager, Trollhättan Energi

Producers realizing how the production of biofuels is affecting our environment have turned to the SSNC, asking for a trustworthy ecolabel for biofuel. Therefore, in 2013, we introduced the Biofuel category within Good Environmental Choice.

Eco-labelled biofuel allows and makes it easier for consumers to make choices leading to less environmental influence. Among our requirements are reduced climate emissions, more sustainable forestry, less harmful chemicals and less heavy metals left in residual ashes.

Above that, all sales of biofuel labeled with Good Environmental Choice are tied to the offset of money into a fund used for projects favouring biodiversity in forest and land. That kind of environmental benefits connected to an ecolabel for biofuel is completely unique.

What are the requirements?

Firstly, we only allow a certain amount of fossil energy to be used during the manufacturing of the product. Non-renewable energy used for e.g. extraction, transports, packaging and industrial processes during manufacturing can amount to a maximum of 10% of the finished product’s energy content. For gaseous and liquid fuel, reported and audited according to RED, the requirement is in the form of a limit in the climate effect from the fuel as a whole.

Chemical substances and compounds causing cancer, genetic damage, birth defects or reduced reproductive capacity may not be used in the product. Residual ashes from normal combustion must be clean enough to fulfill the recommendations of the Swedish Forest Agency concerning ash recycling. Wooden raw materials used in the product must originate in forestry certified with FSC or equivalent, meaning that responsibility is taken ecologically, economically and socially, not leaving unsustainable clear-cuts behind or deforestation of important forest areas.

Some other requirements are that genetically modified crops cannot be used, that palm oil is prohibited and that the producer itself must have a legitimate environmental work internally. The entire criteria document can be found in the right column of this page.   

Which are the positive effects of labelling biofuel with Good Environmental Choice?

Purchasing ecolabelled biofuel rises the demand for sustainably produced biofuels and challenges the manufacturers to adapt their production. Additionally, the manufacturers already taking responsibility are also favoured and given better opportunities to reach out with their sustainable products.

As a fuel manufacturer, you get a competitive advantage by having your product ecolabelled, since you’re offering a quality not available from your competitors. An ecolabel also implies that an independent party (SSNC in this case) steps in and recommends the product, which has a greater impact than a company recommending its own product.

Which products can be labelled with Good Environmental Choice?

All renewable fuels meeting the criteria for Good Environmental Choice can be labelled, for example:

  • Heating pellets
  • Grilling charcoal and briquettes
  • Lighting products
  • Biogas
  • Liquid fuel

Questions?

Do you have questions about ecolabelled biofuels, or are you interested in labelling your company’s product? Don’t hesitate to contact us at Good Environmental Choice. Our contact details can be found in the right column of this page.