Last update: 09.07.2011
From field to tank and back again: Tracing German biodiesel
Source : biodieselmagazine.com
According to legislation in effect since the beginning of 2011, biofuels can only be sold in the German market if it can be demonstrated that the crops from which the biofuel is produced were grown in line with the principles of sustainability. The Biofuels Sustainability Ordinance translates the EU directive into national law in Germany. The great deal of documentation and certification is to ensure that the biomass for the production of biofuel is not obtained, for example, from slash-and-burn cultivation in rain forests. Required documentation starts at the grower's end. The grower sells the rapeseed to the agricultural trader and, by issuing a so-called producer declaration, provides written confirmation that the rapeseed was grown in compliance with the sustainability requirements of the EU directive. The agricultural trader, in turn, documents the quantity of rapeseed received before he puts it in store. He also decides which producers will later be checked for the truth of the information supplied by them because at least 3% of the farms submitting a producer declaration must be checked.
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14 May 2011 |
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