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Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Releases Sustainability Standards

7 May 2010: The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has released its complete set of biofuels sustainability standards. The numerous standards compiled in this database range from a technical draft for EU market access to standards approved for pilot testing on: chains of custody; certification and accreditation bodies; and application of rules to specific conditions.

The RSB standards represent a third-party certification system for biofuels encompassing environmental, social and economic principles and criteria. The RSB is in a pilot testing phase and no sustainability certificates are currently being awarded. The RSB is coordinated by the Energy Center at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne and brings together a broad spectrum of local, national and international stakeholders concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biofuels production and processing, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). [RSB Standards Database]