The Biofuels Act 2007 provides that, to be counted towards meeting an obligation under the Act, biofuels must meet a sustainability standard.
The Biofuels Regulation 2007 prescribes as a standard the Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Biofuels Version Zero, published by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) on 13 August 2008.
This standard is a draft document. A further Amending Regulation was planned to prescribe the first operating version, Version Two, however a new International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard that is likley to have worldwide acceptance is now being developed. A committee formed by Standards Australia (SA) is participating in the development process. The NSW Office of Biofuels is represented on the SA committee and also participates as a member of Chamber 7 of the RSB.
These ISO and SA processes should lead to the development of an Australian Standard that is then likely to be implementated federally. Implementation of the RSB's Version Two has therefore been put on hold until it is clear whether or not there will be an Australian standard implemented federally.
Until then, biofuel producers may demonstrate their compliance with the RSB Principles and Criteria Version Zero by reference to their Environmental Assessment and Planning Approval documents, or other evidence of sustainability.
The onus is on volume sellers to take reasonable steps to ensure that the compliance of their biofuels supplies can be demonstrated.