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Certification systems Recognition according to Biomass Electricity Sustainability Ordinance

For consumers of fuels in Germany, biofuels or biogas can only be counted against their quota obligation or receive tax relief if they can prove that biofuels or biogas meet the sustainability criteria resulting from Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of energy from renewable sources. This also applies to bioliquids for electricity generation if economic operators wish to receive support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014). Proof of sustainability can be provided through so-called national systems or under voluntary schemes of the EU Commission. Sustainability data shall be transmitted by economic operators to the Member States concerned.

Data relevant for the German market must be entered by economic operators in the state web application Sustainable Biomass Systems (Nabisy) of the competent authority in accordance with the Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance (Biokraft-NachV) and biomass electricity sustainability regulation (BioSt-NachV). The Nabisy web application is directly available to the main customs offices and the biofuel quota office, the network operators and the competent authorities of the other Member States. In addition, Nabisy also serves as an instrument for the competent body to prepare the annual experience and evaluation report to be prepared for the Federal Government and the EU Commission.

Nabisy provides evidence of the sustainability and management of a mass balance system for biofuels and biogas and bioliquids under EU Directive 2009/28/EC.

Process flow

Certification systems are recognised on request if:

  • the following information is known for them:
    • a natural or legal person who is organizationally responsible,
    • an address that is available for service in a Member State of the European Union or in another Contracting State to the Agreement on the European Economic Area,
    • certification bodies recognised in accordance with this Regulation and using the relevant certification system, and
    • the countries or states to which they relate,
  • they are appropriate to ensure that the requirements of Articles 17 to 19 of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, as specified in this Regulation, are met,
  • accurate, reliable and protected against misuse and assess the frequency and method of sampling and the reliability of the data;
  • ensure an appropriate and independent review of the data and demonstrate that such verification has taken place, and
  • contain, for that purpose, standards that at least comply with the requirements of Annex III to the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and the requirements set out in Annex 5.

The recognition procedure shall be carried out by the competent body. The recognition must be made known in the Federal Gazette.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

This procedure can also be carried out through a "single point of contact". The "Single Contact Person" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the country for service providers.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no charges.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the appropriate body.

What else should I know?

In accordance with Section 33 paragraph 4 of the Biomass Electricity Sustainability Ordinance (BioSt-NachV), the recognition may contain amendments or additions to the certification system, in particular the standards for the further determination of the requirements in accordance with Sections 4 to 8, or may also subsequently conditions where necessary to comply with the requirements of paragraph 1.

In accordance with Section 33 paragraph 5 of the BioSt-NachV, recognition can be combined with a recognition under the Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance (Biokraft-NachV), which has been issued in its respective version on the basis of Section 37d paragraph 2, point 3 and 4, and paragraph 3, point 2, of the Federal Immission Protection Act (BImSchG) and Section 66 paragraph 1, point 11a, and b, of the Energy Tax Act (EnergieStG).

In accordance with Section 33 paragraph 6 of the BioSt-NachV, recognition may be limited to:

  1. individual types of biomass,
  2. individual countries or states,
  3. individual requirements in accordance with Sections 4 to 8 or
  4. the operation of an electronic database for the purpose of proving that the supply of liquid biomass meets the requirements set out in Section 17 (1).

In the case of a restriction referred to in point 3 or 4, the competent authority may determine that the certification system is deemed to be recognised only in combination with another certification system.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.