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Welcome to our new member – The Mexico Biojet Cluster

Foundation-stone ceremony for the facilities of the Mexico Biojet Cluster demonstration plants, Guanajuato, Mexico.

We welcome the Mexico Biojet Cluster, represented by Ciatec, as a full member of the RSB.

This demonstrates its commitment to the growth and production of sustainable biojet fuel. As a member, the Mexico Biojet Cluster representative will have access to the RSB network of contacts to exchange experiences, find partnerships and to collaborate in the discussions and review of RSB standards and processes.

The cluster is an integration of nine national public research centres -including CIATEC-,two international research institutes, two private national companies (including Aeromexico) and one international company (The Boeing Company).

It is a nationwide project to produce aviation biofuel in Mexico from the point of origin – biomass cultivation -to the final product. All biojet fuel produced will be subject to the RSB’s sustainability criteria and certification.

Advantages of working with RSB ensure that The Mexico Biojet Cluster gain access to the RSB’s tools and solutions to demonstrate that greenhouse gas savings are real and to give consumers and NGOs reassurance that their production does not negatively impact the environment or local people.

The RSB has been working with the technical staff to enable them to understand and apply the RSB standards, procedures and certification process. This will enable the project managers to implement the RSB standard in their activities.

On a policy level there is the development of National Indicators for Mexico that the RSB advisory team will carry out regarding the adaptation of a certification protocol for Mexico considering the RSB Principles & Criteria as applied to feedstock producers (bioenergy crops). The development of a national interpretation of the RSB indicators will also include stakeholder consultation (industry, farmers, NGOs, academia, government institutions) to contextualise and test the draft RSB indicators and guidance.

The RSB team will lead the process with support from the technical team.  The benchmarking assessment of relevant Mexico laws related to biofuels will be used as reference.

Tania Buenrostro – Sustainable Aviation Fuels specialist in Mexico had this to say:

The RSB is a key player in the biojet industry and it’s been very interesting to see the evolution of the organisation. In Mexico we see the RSB as an important actor to help building capabilities for sustainability certification of biofuels.

On September 18th 2017,  The Mexico Biojet Cluster and RSB signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the foundation-stone ceremony for the facilities for the biojet demonstration plants that will be constructed as part of the project, in León, Guanajuato. The event was attended by the President of the Directive Group of the Cluster, Alejandro Ricardo Femat Flores, CIATEC CEO, Ricardo Guerra Sánchez, CONACYT CEO, Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, Guanajuato Governor, Miguel Márquez Márquez, and Rolf Hogan, the RSB’s Executive Director.

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