Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

The mission of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is to ensure that the use of biomass and derived bio-products, including biofuels, deliver on their promises of climate change mitigation, economic development and energy security without causing environmental or social damage, such as deforestation and food insecurity.

The RSB is a full member of ISEAL. From its original name (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels), the RSB became the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials as of March 18, 2013, in line with the expansion of its scope to a wide range of biomass-derived products other than biofuels.

The Standard developed by the RSB consists of a set of normative documents and guidelines. It covers the entire biofuel value chain from “farm to tank”.

The primary use of the RSB Standard is a certification system involving independent 3rd party certification bodies. The RSB certification model uses a risk management approach, which ensures security and robustness while remaining flexible for participating operators. To match the needs of operators, several “chain of custody” options are available, including 100% segregation, mass balance, etc. It is also possible to certify groups of producers.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is located in Switzerland and is led by a multi-stakeholder governance system. Representatives are elected from one of the 5 RSB chambers, which comprise all biomass/biomaterials sectors and stakeholders, including farmers, biofuel producers, the transportation industry, environ-mental and social NGOs, research institutes, governments and investors.

The RSB is committed to work in transparency, take decisions by consensus and include all interested stakeholders.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomass is in compliance with:


Compliance Status (Code Version and approval date of compliance)

Last Updated


Version 6, March 2016



Version 1, September 2015



Version 1, Independent Evaluation due for completion 2017


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