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ENVIRONMENT IMPACT/CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Aim:

ENVIRONMENT IMPACT/CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

CR.EI.a

Standards

Producers must be aware of any practices that have an adverse environmental impact

How you will be measured

  • Important features of biodiversity and conservation value are identified on and around the farm
  • Practices are adopted to minimise detrimental impact on such features

CR.EI.b

Standards

Producers who are planning to use land classified as uncultivated or semi-natural for arable production must ensure that Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations have been met. If any of this land is used to produce energy crops, information must be retained relating to possible carbon losses

How you will be measured

  • Record of any conversion of land must be kept for five years and must include: area, previous land type, cultivation method
  • Land conversion record

CR.EI.c

Standards

Crops and sugar beet that may be used to produce biofuels and bioliquids must not be produced on land that had one of the following statuses on or after Jan 2008:• a high biodiversity value or• land with high carbon stock or• land that was peatland unless evidence is provided that the cultivation and harvesting does not involve drainage of previously undrained soil

How you will be measured

  • The following areas have not been converted into land used for biofuel/ bioliquid production:
    • any wooded or forested land i.e. land spanning more than 1 hectare with trees higher than 5 metres and a canopy cover of over 10%
    • undrained peatland
    • wetlands
    • areas prohibited for cultivation by law or by the relevant competent authority for nature protection purposes or protection of specific ecosystems or species
    • areas of permanent grassland i.e. grassland that has been established for more than five years
  • Further information can be found in the relevant Appendix