The Regional Risk Assessment (RRA) Process
Regional Risk Assessments (RRA) are a part of Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)’s approach for identifying and mitigating risks associated with sustainably sourcing feedstock for biomass pellet and wood chip production. An RRA evaluates an entire geographic region to determine the risks associated with sourcing biomass feedstock from that region. The process that must be followed is set out in SBP’s RRA Procedure Version 1.1. The certification system is intended to provide assurance that woody biomass is made from legal and sustainable sources.
The Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) is the sponsoring body of the process to updating the RRA for the province of Quebec. The Working Body mandated to conduct the process is lead by INCOS Strategies (boiscertifies.ca). We invite you to learn about each RRA process and their specific information.
The Organizational Structure of the Project
QWEB initiated Regional Risk Assessment (RRA) process for Quebec early 2023. A team of natural resource, certification and community engagement specialists from across Quebec form the Working Body (WB). The WB facilitates the risk assessment to ensure that relevant information of forestry laws, policies and practices are accurately captured in the RRA verifying the legality and sustainability requirements. Information includes interviews with experts, applicable legislation, reports from Provincial authorities, various databases, statistical data sources as well as community input and engagement. The WB gathers, synthesizes and analyzes relevant information for each forty-two (42) indicators, which leads to internal draft assessments. The resulting drafts are made available for review and comment. Once the stakeholder consultation reviews are concluded, the WB finalizes the report based on the comments received and submit the draft to Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) for its review. Once SBP is satisfied that it complies with its requirements, SBP approves the RRA report and they are publicly available on the SBP website. The RRA is then used by biomass producers to manage their level of risks with legality and sustainability requirements.
Working Body (WB)
Working Body Coordinator
The Working Body (WB) consists of a team of independent natural resources and community engagement specialists from Quebec. The WB has been involved in the development of Regional Risk Assessment (RRA) for the province of Québec
Nicolas Blanchette, Lead Project Manager, Chain of Custody and Forest Management Certification Specialist
Eric Forget, NovaSylva
Ugo Lapointe, SmartCert