05. Detsember 2018

Graanul Invest is selected to SBP Standards Committee

Mihkel Jugaste who leads sustainability in Graanul Invest group was chosen to SBP standards committee for next three years.

The role of the Committee is to make decisions concerning certification system standard-setting and to provide views, advice and recommendations on the operation of SBP to the Board, other SBP Committees and the SBP Secretariat.

The Standards Committee is a representation of SBP stakeholders, with the membership split 50:50 between those representing civil society and those representing commercial interests.

Mihkel Jugaste says that he is honoured and exited to be a member of the SBP standards committee and to have a constructive role in a world leading biomass sustainability scheme.

“Sustainability requirements for biomass have become a vital part in numerous industries and need centralised standards that can be applied globally, while guaranteeing similar transparency and risk mitigation effectiveness,” explains Mihkel Jugaste.

Jugaste will provide input from European biomass producers and forest management practises.

The members of the Committee have been chosen to reflect diverse experiences, geographies and interests in relation to the work of SBP, said SBP Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Huljus.


Other selected members of the committee are:

Gary Bull, a Professor and Head of the Forest Resources Management Department at the University of British Columbia

Richard Donovan, a senior forestry specialist and advisor; 

Pedro Faria, a strategic advisor at CDP, the global disclosure system for managing environmental impacts; 

Nina Haase, an experienced certification practitioner and Board member of the Rainforest Alliance; 

Martin Junginger, a Professor of Bio-based Economy at the Copernicus Institute of Utrecht University; and 

Dave Tenny, the founding President and CEO of the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO).

Sune Balle Hansen, the Biomass Sustainability Lead at HOFOR, Greater Copenhagen Utility; 

Gordon Murray, the Executive Director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC); 

Gaby Rahn, Manager Biomass Business Development at Vattenfall Energy Trading, one of the leading energy trading companies in the European energy industry;

Yves Ryckmans, the Chief Technology Officer, Biomass at ENGIE Laborelec, a leading expertise and research centre in electrical power technology;

Mike Williams, the Project Director for The Westervelt Company, a land resource company and forest owner in the Southeast US.