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14 April 2014 – RSB is looking for an intern!

The Roundtable is looking for a motivated and dynamic individual to support a number of activities related to certification of biomaterials, standard development, multi-stakeholder negotiation, communications and the day-to-day administration of the organisation.
The incumbent will have an opportunity to learn about the development of sustainability standards, voluntary certification, interaction with business, civil society and international organisations. The RSB is a rapidly developing organization with a small dynamic team where personal initiative and strong teamwork are valued. The RSB’s broad and diverse membership will provide excellent networking opportunities for a motivated individual.
This is a paid internship.
See the full Job Description

28 March 2014 – RSB Hosts Successful Event at WBM

Read the update by László Mathe, ASI RSB accreditation program manager, from the World Bio Markets (WBM) Conference 2014, Amsterdam titled “Your next car might be vegetables based!” Mathe says “Sustainability, especially considering the scale of the demand and growing competition is a key challenge. Credible, voluntary standards such as the RSB and FSC can play an important role to ensure long term sustainability. In this context, the RSB side event focusing on the certification of small holders was a successful event according to many participants.” Click here to read full article.

26 March 2014 – RSB’s Sebastien Haye Co-Authors Book Chapter

Congrats to RSB’s Sebastien Haye who recently co-authored a chapter in Socio-Economic Impacts of Bioenergy Production edited by D. Rutz and R. Janssen. The book address the wide-ranging socio-economic impacts of bioenergy.  Sebastien co-authored a chapter about Socio-Economic Impact Assessment Tools with Martijn Vis and Anne-Sophie Dörnbrack.

25 March 2014 – RSB Newsletter Published Today

There has been a lot going on at the RSB this year and even more coming soon. Our newsletter below offers a quick overview of the latest developments! As always, if you have suggestions or questions please contact us at info@rsb.org. Thanks for your support and enjoy reading! RSB March 2014 Newsletter

24 March 2014 – Solena Fuels Newest RSB Member

Welcome to RSB’s newest member, Solena Fuels! Solena Fuels will participate in Chamber 2: Industrial biofuel/biomaterial producers. Solena’s sustainable synthetic fuel is a “drop-in” fuel that allows the aviation, maritime and road transportation industries to utilize a sustainable energy source without any modifications or changes to their engines or infrastructure. Solena utilizes a wide range of low-cost, carbon-bearing materials such as urban waste to produce their fuels. You can read more about Solena Fuels at their website, and see RSB’s complete list of members here.

18 March 2014 – RSB Launches Simplified Certification Process For Bonsucro Certified Entities

RSB announced that Bonsucro certified operators will now be able to access RSB certification through a simplified audit process to demonstrate compliance, therefore saving costs and time. An RSB study concludes that RSB and Bonsucro sustainability standards have significant overlap on most of their requirements. Supported by the ISEAL Alliance, the comparison reveals that Bonsucro certified sugarcane could be de facto considered compliant with most of the RSB’s twelve Principles and Criteria. RSB has additional requirements for Rural and Social Development and Food Security. The complete gap analysis is available upon request via info@rsb.org. Download full press release in [English] or [Portuguese]. Read more about RSB’s cooperation with other standards…

5 March 2014 - Boeing, South African Airways, RSB Explore Ways for Farmers to Grow More Sustainable Biofuel Crops

Boeing is launching an initiative with South African Airways (SAA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to expand opportunities for “smallhold” farmers in Southern Africa to grow crops that produce sustainable fuels. The program builds on a global effort by Boeing, RSB and other partners to help farmers with small plots of land gain access to markets for sustainable biofuels and biomaterials. In the coming months, Boeing and RSB will work with Southern African stakeholders to create pilot programs to build knowledge and skills among groups of farmers who want to certify their crops as sustainable. Read more…

4 February 2014 – Greenwood Earns RSB and FSC Certification

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is pleased to announce that GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The RSB certification covers GTFF’s cultivation, management and harvesting of coppiced poplar trees, used as biomass feedstock for the cellulosic ethanol industry or pelletized for direct combustion in biomass electric plants.

GTFF is also the first plantation to be jointly certified by both RSB and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Combined, these two certifications recognize GWR’s effort to maintain biodiversity, protect water resources, account for greenhouse gas emissions, treat workers fairly, and benefit the community.  Download the full press release here.  View the entire RSB certified operator list here.

January/February 2014 – RSB’s “Proof of Clarity” Article Published in Biofuels International

RSB’s Melanie Williams published an article titled “Proof of Clarity: A look at new ways of upstream verification on used cooking oils and tallow via the RSB” in the January/February print issue of Biofuels International.  Contact us for a copy of the article or read it here.

27 January 2014 – Stakeholder Consultation for Theory of Change & Data Collection system

The Theory of Change describes how the RSB Standard and Certification System will bring about positive changes in biomass production and processing chains worldwide. The Theory of Changes details how specific activities will lead to mid-term and long-term impacts on the environment and the people. More importantly, it explains how such impacts will be measured continuously through the collection of relevant data (Data Collection System) from certified operations and the surrounding areas.

Please visit our Monitoring & Evaluation page for more information.

23 January 2014 – RSB Streamlines Activities

The RSB has optimized its operations by integrating certification and standard development under one roof. The certification activities previously carried out under licence by RSB Services Foundation will now be carried out by the RSB in Geneva, Switzerland as of 1 February 2014. This change will improve the efficiency of communications and internal operations and administrative functions, while allowing the continuation of certification activities and the validity of RSB certificates. For more information, click here. Feel free to contact us at info@rsb.org with any questions.

20 January 2014 – New Public Comment Period for Whole Energy

Comment period closes 3 February 2014.

Whole Energy is applying for RSB EU RED certification of 5 distribution terminals located in Washington, Oregon, and California USA.

Location/Region: USA

Feedstock/Biofuel: Distribution of pure biodiesel, biodiesel blends

Please send all public comments to info@rsb.org

December 2013 – WWF Publishes Boa Nguvu: An African Sustainable Energy Country Report

Sustainable energy is starting to move to the core of energy policy in Africa. In this WWF report “Boa Nguvu – An African Sustainable Energy Country” offers the example of a fictional country, the Republic of Boa Nguvu, which has defined an Energy Strategy 2030, to transition to a sustainable energy based country. In other words, Boa Nguvu has gathered the “Best of Africa” when it comes to sustainable energy practices. The report describes the path chosen by Boa Nguvu in achieving a sustainable energy future, with the expectation that it will inspire other African countries to address their related challenges. It shows how to achieve the transition in a poor country from an energy mix dominated by fossil fuels and traditional biomass to renewable energy including sustainable biomass as the main sources supplying most of the energy needs of all sectors. Although this is a fictional case, it is based on real situations in sub-Saharan Africa. Download the report summary here or the full report here.

20 December 2013 – RSB Workshop Summary Report released – GHG Emissions from Forestry Products and Solid Biomass

The workshop aimed to gather a small group of stakeholders to discuss the uncertainties that exist with regards to the development of a GHG methodology and tool for products derived from forestry products and solid biomass.   Click here to read the full report.

20 December 2013 – Summary Report of the 2nd Meeting of the RSB Assembly of Delegates (29 Nov 2013)

The RSB Assembly of Delegates met via teleconference on November 29 and took a number of important decisions, among which the approval of the revised Standard for Participating Operators (RSB-STD-30-001). See our Sustainability Standards‘ page for the latest version of all RSB standards and procedures.
Summary Report

06 December 2013 – RSB South-East Asian Smallholder Workshop A Success

RSB has launched an initiative with the help of The Boeing Company to support small farmers in Southeast Asia by expanding their opportunities to grow feedstocks that produce sustainable fuels.  More than 60 participants from 15 countries attended a three-day South-East Asian workshop on “Sustainable Biomaterials for Better Livelihoods” that participants said successfully met local and global objectives.  The workshop, held in Kuala Lumpur on December 4-6, was hosted by the RSB with the support of Boeing.  The RSB and other partners launched this program to understand and address the challenges for smallholder farmers in accessing markets for sustainable biofuels and biomaterials.  Click here for more details.

28 November 2013 – RSB ranks first among EU-recognised schemes (WWF/IUCN)!

A new study by WWF international recognizes the RSB as the “best performing scheme” out of the 13 EU-recognized voluntary certification schemes that it analyzed. A similar report by IUCN Netherlands “Betting on best quality” looking at the implementation of EU schemes concluded that RSB “covers more sustainability criteria, with greater detail, and with more breath in terms of level of assurance” than any of the other Voluntary sustainability schemes. Both reports were launched today at the WWF Workshop on EC approved biofuels schemes: Do they offer enough safeguards in practice? Attended by governments, NGOs and the EC in Brussels.

Read WWF News Release
Read WWF Full Report
Read IUCN NL Full Report

November 2013 – RSB Bulletin

Read the latest news about the RSB:
- RSB ranks first among EU-recognised schemes
- 3 new Certified Operators
- Updated Procedures and Standards
- and more…
RSB Bulletin – November 2013

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