As a response to the attack by the Russian military on Ukraine, supported by Belarus, the European Union has put an array of sanctions into place. These greatly impact international trade and travel between Russia, Belarus and EU member states and, of course, the European pellet market. This, in turn, also affects the ENplus® certification scheme. Under the given circumstances, Bioenergy Europe is unable to continue the ENplus® certification scheme in the Russian Federation and Belarus and is therefore impelled to suspend the certified companies in these 2 countries until further notice.
When is the decision on Russia and Belarus’ suspension coming into force?
Bioenergy Europe has decided to suspend all ENplus® certified producers, traders, and service providers based in Russia and Belarus as of 15th April 2022. This means that starting from this date, these companies will not be able to sell or to offer up for sale ENplus® certified pellets as long as the suspension remains, and new applications for certification from these two countries will not be accepted.
What does it mean to be suspended?
The company is no longer considered certified under the ENplus® scheme. Therefore, the company is no longer eligible to use the ENplus® seal and all ENplus® trademarks after the 15th of April. This means that any of the products manufactured and/or sold after the afore mentioned date may no longer be marketed with ENplus® trademarked material.
How long will this decision last?
The suspension decision will remain active until the decision is revoked by Bioenergy Europe. Bioenergy Europe is actively monitoring the current developments. As soon as there are new developments regarding the ENplus® certification scheme, we will inform the certified companies.
I am a certified company located in Russia or Belarus and I have pellets produced before the 15th April, can I sell or offer them for sale as ENplus® certified after the 15th April?
Pellets sold or offered up for sale after the suspension date are no longer certified. They will have to be marketed without any reference to the ENplus® certification. If the pellets are already in bags with theENplus® seal, the seal must be made unrecognizable before sale.
I am a certified trader not located in Russia or Belarus, what happens to pellets bought before the suspension date but still in transit during the suspension decision?
If the goods were bought before the 15th of April, an authorisation may be granted for the certified pellets bought but still in transit after the 15th April 2022. If you are in this scenario, please contact your licenser.
What happens to certificates expiring after the suspension date?
All certificates that expire after the suspension date and are not renewed will result in termination.
Is it possible to postpone the date of suspension?
It is not possible to postpone the date of the suspension.
Can our company use material labeled ENplus® after the suspension date?
The suspended company may no longer refer to the ENplus® certification in any marketing material. After the suspension date, the ENplus® trademark and copyright can no longer be used. Any use of the trademark by a suspended company will be considered as a non-authorised and fraudulent use of the trademark.
Will I be reimbursed for my prepaid 2022 estimations?
The companies that are suspended in the framework of this decision, will be able to request a reimbursement.
updated on March 31st, 2022 at 10:00am