The Russian government granted the Russian Pellet Union (RPU) the status of Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO). The official date of registration is August 6, 2021.
Regarding the biomass sector of Russia, the RPU is the only SRO. The status of SRO is not granted easily, it stands for objectivity, professionalism, and independence of commercial interests of individual companies. Regarding the RPU, only pellet producers, located in Russia can become full members of the union, other organizations can become partners of the Union. Today, the RPU has 26 full members, which produce around 1.1 million tons of wood pellets a year. Its members account for 60% of the wood pellet exports to European countries.
Through the status of SRO, the RPU gained new opportunities to pursue its main goal: the sustainable development of the Russian pellet sector. The SRO status strengthens the RPU’s negotiation position with state bodies and natural monopolies. It enables possibilities in the field of proposing new laws and improvements and regulations. The RPU has set its sights on possibilities to improve the sector, including, for example, regulations on the quality of wood pellets, and the efficiency and safety of the production, transportation, and storage of wood pellets. The RPU also partners with end-users and other stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the biomass and the transparency of the supply chains.