Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
In 2015, Biomass Group became the first company to earn Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Certification in South Asia and first smallholder project to become RSB certified anywhere in Asia.
Achieving RSB Certification enables the company to gear up for export opportunities and supply local industry with certified biomass. RSB’s certification scheme is the strongest and most trusted of its kind. It verifies that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable and credibly-sourced. The certification is approved by RSB’s members, including leading NGOs and UN agencies who set global best practice for sustainable biomaterial production.
South Pole Group
South Pole Group is providing the carbon development services to Biomass Group. South Pole Group has successfully developed over 500+ emission reduction projects in – among others – renewables, forestry, agriculture, industry, as well as urban mitigation and adaptation in over 30 different countries.
Biomass Group sustainable agroforestry system creates a carbon sink – from the carbon fixation in the trunk and roots of the Gliricidia trees – for which the company intends to approach the voluntary carbon market. First phase of this process is to achieve Verified Carbon Standard / Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (VCS/CCBS). Registration work began in September 2017. South Pole Group and Biomass Supplies are collaborating to develop the Project Description Document (PDD) that will be submitted for independent audit in 2020.
Biomass Group will ensure a percentage of the funds generated from the sale of the Verified Carbon Units will flow back to the farmers through a Foundation that will support livelihood activities (such as drip irrigation, crop insurance, etc.).
WOCAN and W+ Standard
The W+ Standard is a unique certification label developed by Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) that endorses projects that create increased social and economic benefits for women participating in economic development or environment projects, including those that provide renewable energy technologies, time and labor-saving devices, forest and agriculture activities, and employment opportunities.
Biomass Supplies has been approved for W+ Project status and in the process of developing the full proposal which will be ready to certify by 2021 parallel to VCS/CCBS.
Business Call To Action
Biomass Group is a member of Business call to Action (BCtA) since March 2016. In 2018, we’ve been selected to become Impact Champions and undertake impact measurement and management against Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is a recognition of our commitment to understanding social, economic and environmental impact of our activities and our positive contributions to the SDGs.
Launched at the United Nations in 2008, BCtA aims to accelerate progress towards the SDGs by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people at the base of the economic pyramid.
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In May 2019, Lucky Dissanayake, Founder of Biomass Group, won the Social Eco Game Changer Award (Gold) for her contributions in the development of renewable energy at the Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF), Women Eco Game Changer Award in Hong Kong.
GGEF Women Eco Game Changer Awards is the first and only awards in Asia that promotes sustainability and women empowerment, giving recognition to women who are leading and inspiring change, making an impact in the community and environment through innovation. The inaugural GGEF Women Eco Game Changer Awards was launched in 2017.
Biomass Group is a Good Market community member since 2017. In 2018, we won the Innovation Award, recognising our efforts in developing an integrated approach to addressing multiple challenges: renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and rural livelihoods and our long-term commitment to systemic social and environmental challenges.
Good Market is a curated platform that makes it easier to find and connect with social enterprises, responsible businesses, changemakers, and other participants in the new economy. The platform is transparent, inclusive, and works across economic sectors, income levels, language barriers, and regional divides. This catalyzes the new economy movement by making it more visible and by making it easier for people to get involved.