From the 14th – 16th November, we hosted our annual Assembly and Business Forum in Vancouver, just ahead of the 3rd IATA Alternative Fuels Symposium.
The event is a highlight for everyone at RSB – for members, partners, our own team and other stakeholders and guests – as we gather to collaborate on the big picture issues emerging in the global bioeconomy and on the development of RSB’s best-in-class Standard.
We heard from the working group on wastes and residues, work on revisions to the bioproducts standard and articles of association and key discussions on other matters of RSB’s governance and membership.
Of particular note, the first day of our Assembly drew to a close today with the exciting announcement of our partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to support the implementation of the RSB Standard for small-scale farmers in the Americas.
This exciting development means we will work together to support biofuel producing smallholders across the region find their place in the broader bioeconomy – and our rigorous Standard will help to ensure a focus on rights and rural development while also supporting on truly sustainable environmental practices.
Day 2 of our Assembly kicked off with a keynote address from Majiu Helin at UPM Biofuels who explored why a global sustainability standard is so important for biofuels and bioproducts – and why RSB’s Standard is a great fit.
Our attendees then got technical with an in-depth look at revisions to out Standard on Bioproducts – with Standards Director Elena Schmidt doing an incredible job of breaking down extremely complex concepts for delegates to engage with. Our discussions then moved on to the RSB’s membership model and how we can continue to provide value to members – and attract new ones.
On Thursday the 16th, our Aviation Business Forum looked at the challenge of getting biojet to scale – with speakers and delegates from across the aviation industry. Our expert panels looked at the key challenges and opportunities in commercialising aviation biofuels.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the delegates, members and partners who joined us in Vancouver for the Assembly and Business Forum.
It’s always fantastic to see everyone in person, to connect over the issues we are all so passionate about and to forge ahead as we work together to build a sustainable bioeconomy.
We will be sharing more in-depth feedback soon – and look forward to continuing these conversations with you in the weeks and months to come!
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