GoodChips® Wood Chip Certification

 

 

In short

GoodChips® is a certification launched in 2018 by Bioenergy Europe with the aim of guaranteeing the quality of the wood chips and hog fuel on the European market.

GoodChips® is the first international certification of its kind to set specific quality specifications for these fuels, facilitating easier trade between countries. Like ENplus®, GoodChips® aims to create a common understanding of what quality means for these woody fuels and ensure their standardisation.

GoodChips® operates as a third party certification, meaning that an independent certification body assesses company compliance with the requirements of the scheme.

Bioenergy Europe is the owner and manager of the certification, acting as the international point of contact for the stakeholders involved. It safeguards the integrity of the certification by monitoring the correct use of the trademark, continuously improving the scheme, and providing support to companies and end-users.

Objectives

  • Ensuring the quality of the wood chips and hog fuel produced, traded and used in Europe thanks to standards agreed and recognised by biomass players
  • Making it possible for end-users to choose the right product for their installations, ensuring fewer failures while emitting less
  • Protecting and promoting virtuous producers through the GoodChips® trademark
  • Facilitating trade thanks to standardised quality classes, covering a major share of the products available on the European marketplace

Ongoing activity: Participate to our stakeholder consultation (until 7 September 2018)

Over the past months, Bioenergy Europe has been working with the support of a Technical Committee, an Advisory Committee (National Partners), and various technical consultants to create a scheme which truly meets the needs of the market - as we already did with ENplus®.

Thanks to this synergy, we drafted four key documents for the GoodChips®quality scheme:

  • GoodChips®ST 1001, Requirements for GoodChips® certified entities;
  • GoodChips® ST 1002, Requirements for bodies providing GoodChips®certification;
  • GoodChips® ST 1003, Requirements for the use of the GoodChips®trademark;
  • GoodChips® PD 1001, Fees in the GoodChips® scheme;

Access the questionnaires below to download them and share your opinion on the setup of the first international quality certification for wood chips and hog fuel.

The consultation will end on 21 September 2018.

Target group: Wood chip producers and traders, wood chip end-users and boiler manufacturers.

Project website: - online soon

Contacts:

 Cristina Calderón calderon@bioenergyeurope.org

 Alessia Gaetani gaetani@bioenergyeurope.org