Supply Base Report: LLC Geosantbel

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Completed in accordance with the Supply Base Report Template Version 1.3

 

 

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Document history

Version 1.0: published 26 March 2015

Version 1.1 published 22 February 2016

Version 1.2 published 23 June 2016

Version 1.3 published 14 January 2019

 

Copyright The Sustainable Biomass Program Limited 2019

 

 

 

Contents

1 Overview.. 1

2 Description of the Supply Base. 2

2.1 General description. 2

2.2 Actions taken to promote certification amongst feedstock supplier 2

2.3 Final harvest sampling programme. 2

2.4 Flow diagram of feedstock inputs showing feedstock type [optional] 2

2.5 Quantification of the Supply Base. 2

3 Requirement for a Supply Base Evaluation. 5

4 Supply Base Evaluation. 6

4.1 Scope. 6

4.2 Justification. 6

4.3 Results of Risk Assessment 6

4.4 Results of Supplier Verification Programme. 6

4.5 Conclusion. 6

5 Supply Base Evaluation Process. 7

6 Stakeholder Consultation. 8

6.1 Response to stakeholder comments. 8

7 Overview of Initial Assessment of Risk. 9

8 Supplier Verification Programme. 10

8.1 Description of the Supplier Verification Programme. 10

8.2 Site visits. 10

8.3 Conclusions from the Supplier Verification Programme. 10

9 Mitigation Measures. 11

9.1 Mitigation measures. 11

9.2 Monitoring and outcomes. 11

10 Detailed Findings for Indicators. 12

11 Review of Report 13

11.1 Peer review. 13

11.2 Public or additional reviews. 13

12 Approval of Report 14

13 Updates. 15

13.1 Significant changes in the Supply Base. 15

13.2 Effectiveness of previous mitigation measures. 15

13.3 New risk ratings and mitigation measures. 15

13.4 Actual figures for feedstock over the previous 12 months. 15

13.5 Projected figures for feedstock over the next 12 months. 15

 

 


 

1                      Overview

On the first page include the following information:

Producer name: Limited liability company Geosantbel

Producer location: 212003, Republic of Belarus,Mogilev, st. Chemists, 10

Geographic position: 53.895 594,30.28 67

Primary contact: Batyushkov Evgeny. +375 29 746 04 66, geosantbel@mail.ru

Company website: Geosantbel.by

Date report finalised: 02.02.2021

Close of last CB audit:

Name of CB: UAB NEPCon

Translations from English: Yes

SBP Standard(s) used: SBP Standard 2: Verification of SBP-compliant Feedstock SBP Standard 4: Chain of Custody SBP Standard 5: Collection and Communication of Data Weblink to Weblink to Standard(s) used: https://sbp-cert.org/documents/standards-documents/standards

SBP Endorsed Regional Risk Assessment: Not applicable.

Weblink to SBE on Company website: Not applicable.

 

Indicate how the current evaluation fits within the cycle of Supply Base Evaluations

Main (Initial)

Evaluation

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Surveillance

Second Surveillance

Third

Surveillance

Fourth

Surveillance

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2                    Description of the Supply Base

2.1              General description

The supply base of LLC Geosantbel is the whole territory of the Republic of Belarus.

All forests in Belarus are in exclusive property of the State. The total area of forest fund is 9.62 million ha of which 8.26 million ha are covered by forest lands. The percentage of forest cover in Belarus reached 39,8%. The total stock of timber is 1796 million m3, including ripe and overripe stands which comprise over 296 million m3.

As a result of conscious efforts on forests reproduction, during the last 60 years the area covered by forest has doubled and reached its highest value for more than 100-year period. This increase is a result of both natural processes and afforestation of barren lands unsuitable for farming industry. In Belarus along with increase of total area of forest lands, one could witness a sustainable growth of ripening, ripe and overripe stands. The share of ripe and overripe forests is 14,7%. Average age of stands is over 56 years.

In Belarus the main principles of forest managements are based on the following regulatory documents:

- State-run program for 2016-2020 Belarus forest

- National strategy on sustainable development of the Republic of Belarus

- Forest Code of the Republic of Belarus.

 

28 tree species and about 70 species of bushes grow in Belarus. The most widespread are: Scots pine - 50.3%, Birch - 23.2%, European spruce - 9.2%, Black alder - 8.5%, Oak - 3.4%, Aspen - 2.1%

 

There are two types of forest lands depending on accomplished functions: first and second groups. The first group comprises specially protected nature conservation areas (about 52%), and the second one exploitable forests for timber harvesting (48%). In accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus all forest lands are in state property and assigned to state forestry enterprises for use. The forest use in Belarus is based on the principle of continuity and sustainability.

Average annual timber harvesting value is about 18 million m3, which include:

- final felling (mature timber) 40%

- cleaning cuttings and sanitary felling (young, middle-aged and ripening stands 48%

- other cuttings 12%.

 

The main conditions of forests exploitation are the procurement of forest reproduction and protective afforestation. In 2018 the forest reproduction and afforestation were carried out at the total area of 41,82 thousand ha, including such measures as planting of new forests (about 34,8 thousand ha).

According to the forest legislation of the Republic of Belarus, the endangered species and the places of their habitation included in the Red List are to be protected during timber harvesting processes. The cutting of valuable, endangered and specially protected tree species is strictly prohibited.

There are two preserved areas at the territory of Republic of Belarus - Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve (85.2 thousand ha) and Polesie State Radioecological Reserve (216,1 thousand ha) and four national parks - Belovezhskaya Pushcha (152,962 thousand ha), Braslav Lakes (69,115 thousand ha), Narachanski National Park (93,3 thousand ha) and Pripyatsky National Park (85,841 thousand ha) as well as 334 forest Republic and local reserves and 874 monuments of nature.

The forest certification is an effective tool against illegal cuttings and illegal circulation of timber.

There two schemes of forest certification implemented in the Republic of Belarus: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).

As of 1st of January 2019, 96 forest management units (98,5% of total forest fund that belongs to the Ministry of Forestry) is certified in accordance with the requirements of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). 93 forest management units (95 % of total forest fund that belongs to the Ministry of Forestry) is certified in accordance with the requirements of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification).

In Belarus timber industry comprises of forest management (13,5%), processing of timber (69,5%) and paper-pulp industry 16,4%). Timber processing is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in Belarus Republic andhas a share of about 2% from the whole processing sector in Belarus Republic. Timber industry in Belarus makes approximately 1,1% of gross domestic market. Timber-based products are exported to about 30 world countries.

Source: Ministry of Forestry of Republic of Belarus


 

Limited liability company Geosantbel located in the eastern part of the Republic of Belarus, on the territory of the Mogilev region. The company has no separate divisions. The company does not carry out forestry activities and does not harvest wood. Limited liability company Geosantbe produces fuel pellets from secondary feedstock only. Limited liability company Geosantbe sourses from the whole territory of the Republic of Belarus, mainly from Mogilev and Vitebsk regions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fig.1 Supply Base of Limited liability company Geosantbe Republic of Belarus

The following tree species are used:

 

No CITES species are identified within the supply base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.2            Actions taken to promote certification amongst feedstock supplier

For the production of SBP - certified pellets Limited liability company Geosantbel uses FSC certified material from certified Belarus suppliers. Management has decided to reduce the volume of raw materials which does not come from FSC certified forests and does not have an FSC claim. When communication with an uncertified FMU / sawmill takes place, Limited liability company Geosantbel representatives underline the importance of complying with the existing requirements and promotes voluntary forest certification.

2.3            Final harvest sampling programme

Not applicable.

2.4            Flow diagram of feedstock inputs showing feedstock type

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5            Quantification of the Supply Base

Supply Base

a.     Total Supply Base area (ha): 9,62 ml.

b.     Tenure by type (ha): 9,62 ml. (100% stated owned)

c.     Forest by type (ha): 9,62 ml

d.     Forest by management type (ha): managed natural

e.     Certified forest by scheme (ha): 9,62 ml. certified by FSC ;

8,8 ml. certified by PEFC.

Feedstock

f.      Total volume of Feedstock: 9874.6m3

g.     Volume of primary feedstock: not used

h.     List percentage of primary feedstock (g), by the following categories. Subdivide by SBP-approved Forest Management Schemes:

-       Certified to an SBP-approved Forest Management Scheme

-       Not certified to an SBP-approved Forest Management Scheme

i.      List all species in primary feedstock, including scientific name - Not applicable.

j.      Volume of primary feedstock from primary forest

k.     List percentage of primary feedstock from primary forest (j), by the following categories. Subdivide by SBP-approved Forest Management Schemes:

-       Primary feedstock from primary forest certified to an SBP-approved Forest Management Scheme - Not applicable

Primary feedstock from primary forest not certified to an SBP-approved Forest Management Scheme - Not applicable

l.      Volume of secondary feedstock: specify origin and type 9874.6 m3 (100% secondary raw materials from external suppliers).

m.   Volume of tertiary feedstock: specify origin and composition - Not applicable

* Compelling justification would be specific evidence that, for example, disclosure of the exact figure would reveal commercially sensitive information that could be used by competitors to gain competitive advantage. State the reasons why the information is commercially sensitive, for example, what competitors would be able to do or determine with knowledge of the information.

Bands for (f) and (g) are:

1. 0 200,000 tonnes or m3

2. 200,000 400,000 tonnes or m3

3. 400,000 600,000 tonnes or m3

4. 600,000 800,000 tonnes or m3

5. 800,000 1,000,000 tonnes or m3

6. >1,000, 000 tonnes or m3

 

Bands for (h), (l) and (m) are:

1.     0%-19%

2.     20%-39%

3.     40%-59%

4.     60%-79%

5.     80%-100%

NB: Percentage values to be calculated as rounded-up integers.

 

3                    Requirement for a Supply Base Evaluation

SBE completed

SBE not completed

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SBE was not conducted because all feedstock used in production is FSC certified.

4                    Supply Base Evaluation

4.1              Scope

Not applicable.

4.2            Justification

Not applicable.

4.3            Results of Risk Assessment

Not applicable.

4.4            Results of Supplier Verification Programme

Not applicable.

4.5            Conclusion

Not applicable.


 

5                    Supply Base Evaluation Process

Not applicable.

6                    Stakeholder Consultation

Not applicable..

6.1              Response to stakeholder comments

Not applicable.

7                     Overview of Initial Assessment of Risk

Not applicable.

8                   Supplier Verification Programme

8.1             Description of the Supplier Verification Programme

Not applicable.

8.2            Site visits

Not applicable.

8.3            Conclusions from the Supplier Verification Programme

Not applicable.

9                    Mitigation Measures

9.1              Mitigation measures

Not applicable.

9.2            Monitoring and outcomes

Not applicable.

10            Detailed Findings for Indicators

Not applicable.


 

11               Review of Report

11.1          Peer review

 

Peer review was not used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11.2        Public or additional reviews

The report is published at www.Geosantbel.by for public review by all interested parties.

After the review, all of the stakeholders can forward their feedbacks, if there any, to the e-mail address:

geosantbel@mail.ru.

12             Approval of Report

Approval of Supply Base Report by senior management

Report Prepared by:

Batyushkov Evgeny

Director

02.02.2021

Name

Title

Date

The undersigned persons confirm that I/we are members of the organisations senior management and do hereby affirm that the contents of this evaluation report were duly acknowledged by senior management as being accurate prior to approval and finalisation of the report.

Report approved by:

Batyushkov Evgeny

Director

02.02.2021

Name

Title

Date

 

13             Updates

13.1         Significant changes in the Supply Base

There are no significant changes in the Supply Base.

13.2       Effectiveness of previous mitigation measures

Not applicable.

13.3       New risk ratings and mitigation measures

Not applicable.

13.4       Actual figures for feedstock over the previous 12 months

f. Total volume of Feedstock: 9874.6 m3

g. Volume of primary feedstock: 0.00 m3

h. List percentage of primary feedstock (g), by the following categories. Subdivide by SBP-approved Forest Management Schemes:

- Certified to an SBP-approved Forest Management Scheme 0%

- Not certified to an SBP-approved Forest Management Scheme 0%

i. List all species in primary feedstock, including scientific name - Not applicable.

j. Volume of primary feedstock from primary forest 0%

k. List percentage of primary feedstock from primary forest (j), by the following categories. Subdivide by SBP-approved Forest Management Schemes:

- Primary feedstock from primary forest certified to an SBP-approved Forest Management Scheme - Not applicable

Primary feedstock from primary forest not certified to an SBP-approved Forest Management Scheme - Not applicable

l. Volume of secondary feedstock: specify origin and type 925.36 m3.

m. Volume of tertiary feedstock: specify origin and composition - Not applicable (0 m3).

 

13.5       Projected figures for feedstock over the next 12 months

Volume of secondary feedstock: 10 000 m3 per year.