Several Member States already have developed their own systems for determining the sustainability of biomass (Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK) and with supply chains already feeding these markets we can learn from the application of existing policy. Other countries currently have no dedicated systems in place for bioenergy and will need to implement the REDII requirements from scratch, even as REDII is being opened for review. Under REDII, verification of the sustainability claims takes place either through: a) national rules/schemes (involving Member States' authorities); or b) voluntary schemes (national/international) recognised by the European Commission.
REDII allows Member States to go beyond the criteria set in the Directive. The likelihood of that happening and how to manage the divergence should it happen are important considerations in facilitating efficient adoption.
• Variation in the implementation of sustainability safeguards between Member States; how wide is the gap and what can be done to minimise it?
• What makes good regulation for biomass; what lessons have been learnt?
Confirmed speakers include Bodil Harder (Danish Energy Agency) providing a view from a Member State, Michele Koper (Navigant) on outcomes of the REDII BIO study, Liliana Gamba (WWF) providing an NGO perspective, Lotta Heikkonen (Confederation of European Forest Owners) on REDII and the EU Forest Strategy, and Simon Armstrong (SBP) on what makes good regulation. In addition, DG Energy has been invited to provide an update on the status of REDII guidance.