De-risking Capital Market Investment in Biomass

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Standards drive investment into biomass

The BSCR Standards are a step-change advancement in the state-of-the-science for assessing biomass feedstock risk. They de-risk capital market investment in biofuels, biopower, biochemicals and bioproducts.

The Standards enable capital to better structure around feedstock risk. With over 200 validated risk factors and indicators for agricultural and wood biomass supply chain systems, they are the most comprehensive compilation available today of risks that can impact biomass feedstock supply.

By providing investors with a superior means for evaluating and mitigating feedstock risk, the Standards allow capital to flow more easily, more quickly and less expensively to biomass-based projects.

Category 1: Supplier Risk

Risks linked directly to individual suppliers. 10 Risk Factors and 31 Risk Indicators including Production Capacity, Conflicts of Interest, Contract Terms…

Category 2: Competitor Risk

Risks linked directly to specific competitors for feedstock. 2 Risk Factors and 10 Risk Indicators including Pricing Influence, Inventory Capacity, Supply Influence...

Category 3: Supply Chain Risk

Risks that pertain to the long-term viability of the supply chain as a whole. 10 Risk Factors and 54 Risk Indicators including Availability Multiples, Diesel Pricing Risk, Political and Social Risk…

Category 4: Feedstock Quality

Risks to project viability linked to feedstock quality and specification. 2 Risk Factors and 10 Risk Indicators including Variability in Particle Size, Moisture and Ash Content, Accuracy of Quality Measurement Methods…

Category 5: Feedstock Scale-up Risk

Risks that commonly materialize when biomass supply chains are not fully developed or mature. 5 Risk Indicators including Infrastructure to Scale, Feedstock Quality Risks at Scale, Facility Start-Up Delays…

Category 6: Internal Organizational Risk

Risks that are linked to internal project economics, internal operations or management. 2 Risk Factors and 13 Risk Indicators including Red-Line Feedstock Costs, Spontaneous Combustion in Inventory Piles, Proper Data Management Systems…



Risk Rating Review Committee members share a collective interest in reducing biomass feedstock risk for the capital markets, and in investment in the bioeconomy. They support and participate in the development of Biomass Supply Chain Risk Ratings based on the BSCR Standards.

The Review Committee consists of individuals from leading financial institutions, capital providers, investment banks, insurers and bioeconomy industry organizations. The members are a powerful endorsement of the value of biomass risk ratings to the capital markets.

Latest News

January 30, 2020
The Canadian Biomass Supply Chain Risk (BSCR) Standards are the result of more than 3 years of input from an Industry Stakeholder Group of over 150 leading bioeconomy financial institutions, capital providers, operators, developers, feedstock produce...
November 19, 2019
Jordan Solomon presents to the Technical Committee of The Biomass Research and Development Board about the BSCR Standards and Ratings, and their impact on the bioeconomy. The BR&D Board oversees the Interagency Bioeconomy Initiative, a coordinat...
October 10, 2019
Standards Council of Canada (SCC), a crown corporation and member body to ISO and IEC, funds accreditation of the BSCR Standards as a National Standard of Canada (NSC). Ecostrat engages Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for accreditation. ANSI acc...

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