July 28, 2020
Second US exporter certifies US soy that meets EU biofuel sustainable requirements
With ambition for a sustainable future by the US soybean industry, ADM and one other US exporter have partnered with the US Soybean Export Council (USSEC) to certify US soy as part of the SSAP-RED (US Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol-Renewable Energy Directive) programme.
The voluntary programme, with support from the United Soybean Board, meets the specific requirements of the European Union's (EU) Renewable Energy Directive and sources SSAP-RED-verified soybeans as feedstock for the production of biodiesel.
This biofuel market opportunity for US farmers is in response to EU Member States' requirement to fulfill at least 20% of their total energy needs with renewable sources, with at least 10% attributed directly to transport fuels by 2020. With US soy's industry-wide commitment to cleaner alternatives globally, this programme addresses the specific requirements of the EU's Renewable Energy Directive regulations, including restrictions on land conversion with guidelines on auditing, compliance and reporting.
"US soy exports play an instrumental role in not only providing a high-quality food, feed, fiber and biofuel but also delivering a product that is sustainably-grown and responds to customers' demands," said Jim Sutter, CEO of the US Soybean Export Council. "Despite challenges with COVID-19, weather conditions and trade uncertainty, our US soybean farmers remain dedicated and eager to supply a reliable and renewable product. It's also making a big difference for EU consumers' confidence in the agricultural supply chain as well as air quality."
ADM's involvement in SSAP-RED marks the second US exporter to implement this initiative, and more are expected to participate. It provides local farmers, elevators and holistically the US soybean value chain with new market opportunities in the European Union, which is a substantial buyer of US soybean exports. Expanding opportunities for US soy, including sustainable biofuels, and ensuring market access across the European Union and the rest of the globe, is a key focus for the US Soybean Export Council.
"The completion of our SSAP-RED accreditation is another step toward the long-term sustainable goals of ADM," said Nick Smith, general manager of ADM's EU Biodiesel programme. "By leveraging ADM's value chain from farmer origination in the US to our crushing and biodiesel facilities in Europe, we are now able to provide our biodiesel customer base in Europe with year-round options for sustainably sourced soy-based biofuel."
Farmers interested in participating in the SSAP-RED voluntary programme must deliver their soybeans to a certified elevator that is tributary to an ADM river terminal and sign a "Self-Declaration" that attests to their compliance with the requirements of the RED as well as the application of Good Agricultural Practices.
Sustainability requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) restrict cultivation of biofuels feedstock from land that has been converted, since 2008, from any of three protected land categories: grasslands, forest and wetlands, including peatlands. It also has requirements on auditing and compliance, including independent third-party review.
"Meeting the EU's sustainability standards with our products is a point of pride for US soybean farmers, and we're dedicated to meeting the demands of our customers, including environmentally friendly fuel alternatives made with US soy," said Monte Peterson, chairman of USSEC and board member of the American Soybean Association. "The SSAP-RED on-farm assessment is a painless process for growers to complete, and the more growers who sign up, the more it strengthens the US soy value chain overall as a competitive supplier of sustainably-produced soybeans to biodiesel producers."