Everyone in the Netherlands who produces energy from solid biomass and is therefore eligible for an SDE+ subsidy must demonstrate on an annual basis that this solid biomass meets the legal sustainability criteria. The website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) tells you which groups of solid biomass these sustainability criteria apply to. Since 1 January 2018, the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEa) has been the public regulator monitoring compliance with these sustainability criteria. In 2018, a transitional arrangement applied with regard to the criteria.

Producers of energy from solid biomass are only eligible for an SDE+ subsidy if they can demonstrate that this solid biomass meets the legal sustainability criteria. Recognised private conformity assessment bodies (conformiteitsbeoordelingsinstanties, CBIs) and verifiers check the sustainability of the solid biomass using approved certification schemes and/or a verification protocol.


The NEa's role as the public regulator is to ensure that CBIs and verifiers perform adequate sustainability checks. The NEa will take a risk-based approach to its regulatory competences. To this end, the authority will collect information from CBIs, accreditation bodies, certification scheme holders and regulators abroad.

In 2019, a transitional arrangement still applies to the area of sustainable forest management.

For any questions about applying for an SDE+ subsidy, please contact the RVO.

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