RSB principle and Criteria on Air
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10. Air pollution from biofuel production and processing shall be minimized along the supply chain.
- 10.a Air pollution from agrochemicals, biofuel processing units, and machinery shall be minimized.
Guidance: Major air pollution sources must be identified along the production chain. A monitoring system appropriate to the scale and intensity of production must be in place regarding major air pollutants such as carbon oxides, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, sulphur compounds, dioxins and any other compound recognised as potentially harmful for the environment or human health. The use of ground or aerial pesticides must comply with the FAO's guidelines on Good Practices for Ground and Aerial Applications of Pesticides. Any agrochemical use in biofuel production must be used in accordance with the fabricant's safety instructions.
- 10.b Open-air burning shall be avoided in biofuel production.
Guidance: Open-air burning of leaves, straw and other agricultural residues must be minimized, with the aim of ultimately eliminating burning practices. In specific situations such as those described in the ASEAN guidelines and other appropriate policies, or if workers' health and safety is at stake, limited open-air burning practices may occur. Open-air burning of wastes must not occur. The burning of wastes must only occur in an appropriate incinerator.