2BS : biomass biofuel, sustainability voluntary scheme

French economic operators involved in grain production and biofuel supply chain joined in an Association to develop 2BS voluntary scheme. It aims to demonstrate through an independent audit, compliance of sustainability criteria set by the European Directive 2009/28/EC, modified by Council Directive 2013/18/EU of 13 May 2013 and Directive (EU) 2015/513 of the European Parliament and the Council of 9 September 2015. This system enables sustainability claims, on the Directives, for biomass used as raw material and biofuels, biogas and bioliquids processed from that biomass.


The voluntary scheme defines the requirements and demands respect of several types of quantitative and qualitative criteria.


  1 - Avec effet à partir du 1er janvier 2017, la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre résultant de l’utilisation de biocarburants et de bioliquides pris en considération aux fins visées au paragraphe 1, points a), b) et c), est d’au moins 50 %. À partir du 1er janvier 2018, cette réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre est d’au moins 60 % pour les biocarburants et les bioliquides produits dans des installations dans lesquelles la production aura démarré le 1er janvier 2017 ou postérieurement.
   2 - Biomass shall not come from lands with high biodiversity values (primary forests, protected areas and ecosystems, highly biodiverse grassland) or land with high carbon stock (forested land, wetlands, peatland). The Member States shall define areas to be excluded, or submitted to conditions, on behalf of biodiversity.
   3 - Biomass shall respect Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions and Environmental Part of the Common Agricultural Policy.
4 - The whole chain of custody of biomass from waste and residues needs to be covered starting from its origin, i.e. the economic operator where the waste or residue material arises.

5 - Implementing a mass balance system for each logistical site.
6 - Implementing a control system for each economic operator (documented procedures).