British Columbia

Regional Risk Assessments (RRA) are a part of the Sustainable Biomass Program’s (SBP’s) approach to identifying and mitigating risks associated with sustainably sourcing feedstock for biomass pellet and wood chip production. An RRA  evaluates an entire geographic region to determine the risks associated with sourcing biomass feedstock  from that region. The process that must be followed is set out in  SBP Regional Risk Assessment Procedure Version 1.2. The certification system is intended to provide assurance that woody biomass is made from legal and sustainable sources.

Feedstock must be evaluated against a set of 42 Indicators using a risk-based approach to count toward an SBP-compliant claim.

The scope of the Regional Risk Assessment for British Columbia (RRA-BC) is British Columbia’s harvestable forest land base. 

The SBP engaged Hopkin Forest Management Consulting Ltd., and a team of independent natural resource and certification professionals formed the Working Body to complete the RRA. 

The Working Body facilitates the risk assessment to ensure that relevant Nova Scotia laws, policies, practices, and practical knowledge of forestry are accurately captured in the RRA. Information was compiled from the experience and knowledge of consultants, interviews with experts, applicable legislation, reports from provincial authorities and other stakeholders, various databases, and statistical data sources.

Information was obtained from provincial authorities, such as the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables and federal authorities such as the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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