Our sustainability policy

This section explains the policy of Renergy UK Ltd on sustainability and it can be regarded as our sustainability declaration.

Benefits of Biomass

We wholeheartedly believe biomass to be a sustainable means of generating energy. This is because:

  • Biomass is a sustainable source of energy in the sense that once it is used, it is replaceable as opposed to fossil fuels in the sense that it can be reproduced;
  • Biomass often involves production and utilisation of waste and by-products, which gives a significant dimension for recycling and both rational and economic handling of resources; 
  • Biomass gives rise to overall lesser carbon emissions stemming from the whole process of its utilisation for generating energy than in the case of fossil fuels, which is making a milder impact on the environment – and to achieve this, we monitor the overall carbon footprint of the process so that where it is too high because of production methods, ways of transportation, etc., we do not deliver the product as we then do not regard it as being proper biomass;
  • Biomass does not have a negative effect onthe environment where it is sourced as long as  production and utilisation are done properly, which is in contrast to other sources of energy such as coal, oil, and gas, as well as to some extent even wind, hydro and solar energy;
  • Biomass is cheaper in the long run as fossil stocks get depleted in decades and as legislation and tariffs make them increasingly uneconomical while other types of energy, including nuclear, wind, hydro and solar require very substantial investments in order to build the complex and expensive generating facilities without probably ever recuperating such costs and we believe that especially wind and solar also do not solve the need for base load energy;
  • Biomass can and is becoming an object of sensible sourcing and harvesting, as for example in the case of rational forest management where pre-existing forests benefit from organised thinning and planted forests get replanted, all leading to both growing and healthier forests and to new trees capturing carbon dioxide; and
  • Biomass is much safer in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and effects on climate change than fossil fuels, which is not to mention the other long-term generation alternative of nuclear energy as there is no radiation and radioactivity involved.   

The above refers to the various types of biomass that are available on the market and that we are especially focused on, which is in our case wood pellets and also different varieties of agro biomass.

Knowing these benefits of biomass we are happy that we by the very existence of our business are involved in contributing to the process of procuring the supply of much needed sustainable energy to various countries. As the demand for energy in the modern world has long been very high and is steadily increasing, sustainability of supply and generation is becoming an ever so pressing issue, meaning that after having identified biomass as a sustainable and renewable source of energy we are convinced of the fact that we are doing the right thing by helping to bring together suppliers and consumers of biomass from various parts of the world. Our vision is that the trade in biomass is a sustainable business in both ecological and economic terms and has a big potential while steadily growing. This trade gives us and others who are involved a serious opportunity to make a difference to the environment by overall leading to its gradual but steady improvement.

Sustainability and Chain of Custody Monitoring

None of the benefits of biomass could be properly realised by Renergy UK Ltd without our own strict checks and controls on the overall sustainability of the process of the production and supply of biomass as well as numerous analyses of the biomass that we are trading. We therefore take the idea of chain of custody and monitoring the biomass supplied very seriously. In order to ensure that the chain of custody for the supplied biomass is proper, we take the following steps:

  • Adhere to applicable existing lawson sustainability and environment so that they are complied with in the process of sourcing, production and transportation of biomass;
  • Evaluate that adherence to such laws is complied with by all involved parties, including an evaluation of adherence to internal sustainability policies of the relevant end-users, which are themselves reflecting the laws of the country where the end-users operate, as well as to their own sustainability requirements;
  • Monitor the chain of custodyinvolving each and every supplier of biomass, as well as the individual sustainability policy implemented by each such supplier, which is achieved through close cooperation with suppliers by explaining our sustainability requirements, asking questions about how they work and obtaining relevant documentation from our suppliers as evidence of compliance by each of them, who are usually also the producers of the biomass products, as well as by their own suppliers of raw materials, energy and transportation used in the process of biomass production and delivery;
  • Ensure that as much valid certification as practicably possible is maintainedby our suppliers and producers of biomass, which in most cases means that we prefer them to be registered under the widely respected Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes and/or the Green Gold Label (GGL) Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification schemes; and
  • Cooperate closelywith independent control organisations in the monitoring of sustainability and chain of custody, especially with SGS, Inspectorate and Control Union, with whom we have developed an efficient relationship and through which we can always carry out separate audits of our suppliers, which is in addition to audits that any of our customers and end-users are always welcome to make. 

Renergy UK Ltd is also CoC certified under the PEFC scheme, which illustrates our own attitude and the fact that we attain the high standards of proof of sustainability required by this certification and on the biomass market.

What we especially monitor when looking at the chain of custody are factors such as the form of biomass, the species used to produce it, whether it was a waste, what substances and chemicals were used in the process of sourcing and production, the country and place of origin, land use, fuel and electricity use, what type of fuels are involved, distances and methods of transportation, and the overall carbon emissions all of this could be estimated to generate. Nevertheless, the exact process of monitoring in each case also depends on the requirements of the end-user’s own sustainability policy, which we always comply with.  

Further Checks on Full Sustainability

In addition to ensuring sustainability in terms of chain of custody matters, we also look at other factors as our vision of sustainability proper is that also other features of the trade and procurement of biomass must be of a high legal and ethical standard. If laws were broken or self-evident immorality was tolerated in the process, then our trade in biomass would not be sustainable in more than just an environmental or economic sense. Because we unconditionally view sustainability as a more complex concept that has to address these matters, it means that we are very serious about making sure that in our own business practice laws, ethical principles and fundamental rights are upheld. We also expect and require the same from our counterparties. In particular, our code of conduct means that we do NOT accept any of the following:

  • Breach of laws
  • Breach of internationally recognised human rights
  • Forced labour
  • Child labour
  • Discrimination
  • Unfair employment conditions
  • Unsafe or unhealthy working conditions
  • Unethical business practices
  • Corruption
  • Disrespect towards the environment, including in production and disposal

Where it is brought to our attention that any of the above is not complied with by any counterparties, we do not work with them until the matter is rectified if that is at all possible. To ensure that these restrictions and requirements are respected by all of our counterparties, we do discuss these matters with them and how improvements can be made. But we always insist and make sure that our principles are followed.

Conclusion and General Creed

Based on our beliefs and practices as outlined in this Sustainability Policy, we trust in our business being sustainable as we ensure that it hat has its purposes safeguarded by an accurate and principled trade of biomass and is hence contributing to a better environment and future.