GoodChips®, the First International Certification for Wood Chips and Hog Fuel, is launched
The scheme is expected to become the sector’s common tongue on quality, ramping up consumer trust while helping cut production costs.
Bioenergy Europe announced today the launch of GoodChips®, the first international certification scheme for the quality of wood chips and hog fuel. “The creation of the GoodChips® certification responds to a long-standing demand from the industry,” says Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary General of Bioenergy Europe. “The booming of the market in recent years brought in all kinds of new players, and the need for a trustworthy, independent way to distinguish companies implementing best practices and focussing on quality products is now quite palpable.” In Europe, for instance, wood chips represent today 50% of all solid biomass used for energy purposes, making it one of the most popular commodity in this sector. Yet, and even though it has been traded worldwide for decades, no certification scheme had been created so far with an international scope. “The market has been basically developing without a proper quality framework, and GoodChips® aims at correcting this structural flaw,” summarised Mr. Jossart.