16 November 2015 – NRDC publishes report on corn stover

Read the NRDC’s latest report on corn stover “Cellulolisc Ethanol from Corn Stover: Can We Get It Right?” in which the RSB is mentioned as third party stewardship certification recommended to ensure stover biofuel sustainability. Download the full report here.

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11 November 2015 – Job Opening: RSB Business Development Director

RSB is seeking a highly motivated individual, with at least 10 years’ experience in sustainability and business, to lead the uptake of the RSB standard among multi-nationals, investors, multi-lateral organizations and public-private partnerships. Download Business Development Director job description. 

26 October 2015 – Biomass Supplies First Smallholder Project in Southeast Asia to Earn RSB Certification

Local farmers out on the field with the RSB auditor  Photo Credit: Biomass Group

Local farmers out on the field with the RSB auditor
Photo Credit: Biomass Group

Biomass Supplies (Pvt) Ltd, a company based in Sri Lanka, earned RSB certification for biomass produced from branches pruned from live fences of Gliricidia trees. The certification covers Biomass Supplies’ work with 30,000 small farmers who have planted 60 million new trees on their fences. Biomass Supplies is the first operation in Southeast Asia to earn RSB certification and the first smallholder project to become RSB certified in Asia. Sustainability, traceability, and accreditation will enable Biomass Supplies to command fair prices which in turn will provide local farmers with a better income. Download full press release here.

16 October 2015 – Agreement to Ban Pesticides Listed in the Conventions

RSB is committed to the reduction of the use of highly hazardous pesticides. As an ISEAL member, we agree to include the active ingredients found in the Rotterdam Convention, Stockholm Convention and Montreal Protocol noted in attached to our lists of banned pesticides in the next and subsequent versions of our standards. We intend that this collective approach will support broader efforts to remove these pesticides from circulation. Download letter of intent.

30 September 2015 – Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders

The Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders framework (developed by Smallholder Acceleration and REDD+ Programme, aka SHARP) and the RSB smallholder group standard have been successfully integrated for soy farmers in Brazil. High compatibility between RSS requirements and RSB indicators was found. Overall, this project has demonstrated the potential of RSS as a practical guide to help smallholders progress towards RSB certification.

29 September 2015 – RSB Publishes September 2015 Newsletter

For the latest news and upcoming events, check out our latest newsletter.

22 September 2015 – Nidera Earns RSB Certification For Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil

Nidera operates worldwide as a commodity service and solutions provider for the global agricultural markets and has an active presence in more than 18 countries. The certification scope includes Nidera’s trading operations, and the Biodiesel Aragon plant in Huesca, Spain where the biodiesel conversion takes place. “We were very pleased to work with RSB to certify UCO biodiesel produced at the Biodiesel Aragon facility,” said Bert Ooms, Nidera’s Group Communication Manager. “We are very happy to have a new option available for the certification of sustainable biofuels and waste materials.” Download full press release.

15 September 2015 – Moving Investing and Sustainability Forward, Together: RSB and Everest Energy in Bioenergy International

Investors are looking to social and environmental sustainability requirements as a way to gauge and mitigate risks before making investment decisions on bio-based projects. Recently RSB and Everest Energy brought investment and sustainability actors together to a stakeholder meeting to discuss the issues of assurance, verification and RSB certification as a tool. The overall aim was to figure how to work together to increase demand for high quality sustainability frameworks, ensure effective management approaches and contribute to de-risking the entire value chain. Go to Bioenergy International’s page 38 to read full article.

1 September 2015 – Project Solaris in South Africa Earns RSB Certification

Project Solaris has earned RSB certification for the production of the energy rich tobacco crop “Solaris” in the Limpopo region of South Africa. Solaris is a nicotine-free and GMO-free crop variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil that can be used as feedstock for bio jet fuel. Project Solaris has involved the RSB from the start to ensure the incorporation of the RSB Standards into the development and up-scaling protocols and to get the operations certified. The project has brought economic and rural development to the Limpopo province in South Africa as well as a new regional bio jet fuel supply chain that is now RSB certified for environmental and social sustainability. Download full press release here.

August 2015 – Render Magazine publishes article on UCO prospects in EU Biodiesel

Render Magazine’s article summarizes the main thematics that were raised at the Oleofuels 2015 conference held mid-June in Frankfurt, on behalf of the National Renderers Association (NRA). The author notes that there is a general growth of UCO demand in the European Union and that, in the absence of double-counting in Germany, the ISSC-DE certification system was no longer needed. Consequently, the RSB is gaining ground. Have a look at the article here.

29 July 2015 – Etihad Airways Publishes BIOjet Abu Dhabi Roadmap Report

Etihad Airways recently published the BIOjet Abu Dhabi Roadmap Report, stating that Biojet Abu Dhabi English (2)“The RSB is emerging as the premier body for setting global sustainability standards for biofuels and related bioproducts. SAFUG supports the development of global sustainability standards and has a position at the RSB table. SAFUG has adopted RSB’s comprehensive sustainability principles.” The report continues to summarize RSB’s 12 Principles in the report on page 11.Read the BIOjet Abu Dhabi Roadmap Report. Read more about Etihad’s Corporate Responsibility efforts here.

27 July 2015 – RSB Publishes 2014 Annual Report2014 Annual Report Cover Image

RSB is pleased to publish the 2014 Annual Report which highlights RSB activities from January – December 2014. The report includes notes from the Board Chair, Executive Director, highlights from 2014, and sections on smallholder program, standard updates, communications, governance and membership, certified entities, events and more. Download the 2014 Annual Report.

13 July 2015 – Congratulations LanzaTech Winner of EPA’s Green Chemistry Award

LanzaTech won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Presidential Green Lanzatech Receiving 2015 Green Chemistry Award Chemistry Challenge Award and was honored in Washington, D.C. today. Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, Dr. Sean Simpson, Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of LanzaTech, and several others were present to accept the “Greener Synthetic Pathways Award” for the development of a process that uses waste gas to produce fuels and chemicals, reducing companies’ carbon footprint. LanzaTech earned RSB’s sustainability certification in 2013. Congratulations LanzaTech!

10 July 2015 – RSB Low iLUC Biofuels Article Published in Biofuels International

RSB’s article about Low iLUC Biofuels appeared in Biofuels International’s July/August issue. “Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC) is in the news. The ‘iLUC Amendment’ to the Renewable Energy and Fuel Quality Directives is now set to pass into EU regulation over the next few months after much negotiation and delay. While the magnitude of iLUC affects and iLUC factors are subject to a high level of uncertainty, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has been working to show how some biofuels and biomaterials have a much lower risk of generating iLUC.” Click here to view the article.

6 July 2015 – RSB Publishes June/July Newsletter

June has been an eventful month for RSB. Details in the newsletter download here.

6 July 2015 – IISD Publishes RSB’s General Assembly Report

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) published a summary report of RSB’s 1-3 June 2015 General Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Notably, the meeting resulted in the approval of the first “Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators”, election of Board of Directors, and a four-panel public session that concluded with strong endorsement from participants for the RSB as the most comprehensive standard on biofuels and biomaterials and a range of new ideas to support uptake of certification. Download report here.

26 June 2015 – RSB in Virgin Atlantic Sustainability ReportBoeing report cover

Read about RSB and LanzaTech in Virgin Atlantic’s 2015 Sustainability Report, “Change is in the Air.” Download the full report here.

26 June 2015 – RSB’s Aurea Nardelli Translates “The Sustainable Forestry Handbook”

“The Sustainable Forestry Handbook” was translated by RSB’s Aurea Nardelli and is being launched 26 June by Editora UFV as “Manual do manejo florestal sustentável”. The book is the Portuguese version of the original in English “The sustainable forest handbook” (2nd edition), published by The  Earthscan Forestry Library, UK, in 2005.
Aurea was motivated to translate the book to Portuguese to provide an important source of information for students, researchers and professionals working in responsible management of natural resources in Brazil as well in other countries of Portuguese language.

25 June 2015 – New Book Highlights RSB

will sustain flyA new book released this year called “Will Sustainability Fly?” by author Walter Palmer discusses aviation fuel options in a low-carbon world. Chapter 10 of the book says “Its (RSB’s) credibility and usefulness derive from its commitment to strong, hard, measurable standards, along with its remarkable support by many players from different sectors, including agriculture, environmental and social advocacy, industry (manufacturing, transportation, banking), as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental groups. The project is relatively new and dynamic, and the RSB seems to be the most successful effort at certifying fuels and other biomaterials in a comprehensive and valid way.” It also says “The RSB is an absolutely unique organization, not in what it sets out to do, but in its singular success in doing it.”

22 June 2015 – RSB Mentioned in Report “Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps”

The SCOPE report mentions the Addax Bioenergy project in Sierra Leone and LanzaTech in China earning RSB certification as examples of positive local community impacts and hybrid processing, respectively. The report uses GBEP and RSB as examples of international efforts that implement support mechanisBioenergy and sustainabilityms for building knowledge networks that translate skill sets and lessons learned to those charged with implementing sustainability practices and outcomes locally. The SCOPE report also notes RSB’s efforts to address deforestation and indirect land use impacts. Download full SCOPE report here.

8 June 2015 – RSB Mentioned in South African Airways (SAA) In-flight Magazine

SSA brochureCustomers flying with South African Airways (SAA) can now read about the collaboration with RSB in the provided in-flight magazine. Download the excerpt here, or visit the SAA website to read or download the full magazine.

5 June 2015 – RSB Mentioned in Boeing 2015 Environment ReportBoeing report cover

Boeing’s new 2015 Environment Report includes a section on the collaboration between South African Airways (SAA), Boeing, SkyNRG and Sunchem SA to develop an aviation biofuel supply chain. Download the full report here.

3 June 2015 – Support for RSB As Global Gold Standard Reconfirmed at Annual General Assembly

RSB concluded their Annual General Assembly three-day program with a strong endorsement from participants for the RSB as the most comprehensive standard on biofuels and biomaterials and a range of new ideas to support uptake of certification. “As a comprehensive global standard, the RSB clearly has a vital role to play in underpinning the credibility of the bioeconomy,” said Rolf Hogan, RSB’s Executive Director. “This was the common theme that echoed across diverse discussions over the three days.” Download full press release here.

Day 2 of AOD - Panel 1 - Aviation Biofuels with Boeing, SkyNRG, SCS, WWF, and KLM

Day 2 – Panel 1 – Aviation Biofuels with Boeing, SkyNRG, SCS, WWF, and KLM

1 June 2015 – RSB General Assembly Opens with Approval of New Low iLUC Risk Standard

RSB kicked off its annual General Assembly meeting with a delegation vote on the new “Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators”. The standard was approved by consensus and will be an ‘optional module’ for operations undergoing RSB certification. Members commented on the new indicators being a key step forward for RSB-certified operators that comply as they will be entitled to an extra “low iLUC risk” on-product claim. Producers will be able to demonstrate that biomass was produced with low indirect land use change iLUC) and therefore minimal impact on food production or biodiversity. Download full press release here.

Day 1 - RSB Board Members in Geneva, June 1, 2015

Day 1 – RSB Board Members in Geneva, June 1, 2015

21 May 2015 – WWF Report Shows RSB with Highest Coverage Regarding WaterWWF water report cover

A WWF report published today entitled “Strengthening Water Stewardship in Agricultural Sustainability Standards” demonstrates RSB as having the highest coverage regarding water across the four water stewardship outcomes. It also said that none with the exception of the RSB guidance made mention of environmental flow requirements to be accounted for in the determination of water availability. Download full report here.

20 May 2015 – UN Sustainable Energy for All Announces Global Bioenergy Initiative

As part of the 2nd Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, a new multi-stakeholder coalition, co-chaired by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), announced its intention to speed up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy in order to contribute to meeting the SE4ALL goals of doubling the global use of renewable energy and ensuring universal energy access by 2030. Among its key goals is delivering bioenergy options that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable, with a focus on emerging markets and rural communities in developing countries. Supported by Novozymes, the world’s largest technology provider to biofuel industries, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), FAO and RSB are co-chairing the sustainable bioenergy effort. Download full press release here.


KLM Director Innovation Ignaas Caryn, Carbon War Room ‎Research Associate Tessa Lee, ‎UN FAO Senior Natural Resources Officer Olivier Dubois, RSB Chair Barbara Bramble, Sustainable Bioenergy HIO Global Lead Gerard Ostheimer, UNF Senior Vice President for Programs Melinda Kimble, and Novozymes Sustainability Innovation Advisor Veronica D’Souza celebrated a successful series of HIO events at the SE4ALL Forum.

12 May 2015 – RSB Publishes May Newsletter!May 2015 newsletter cover image

RSB has had a busy spring. We hosted events and webinars, released a draft low iLUC risk standard, certified Greenergy, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of waste based biodiesel, approved seven new members and we are now gearing up for our annual General Assembly meeting in June in Geneva. Details in the newsletter download here.

4 May 2015 – Welcome to Our New Standards Director: Elena Schmidt

RSB welcomes Elena Schmidt as our new Standards Director. Elena started on May 4 and will be present at the General Assembly in Geneva from 1-3 June. She will lead andElena coordinate the development and update of RSB’s standards in partnership with RSB members. Prior to the RSB, Elena worked for Tüv Süd, a German certification body, where she was responsible for audit programmes related to biofuels sustainability certification, green electricity certification and carbon footprints. As an auditor Elena gained comprehensive experience in auditing complex chain of custody settings. She also managed several innovation projects for the development of new certification services which comprised not only standard setting in cooperation with partners from the private and public sector but also strategic business model development. Elena earned master’s degrees in both environmental and political sciences. You can contact Elena at

30 April 2015 – Aloterra to Certify Supply Chain with RSB

A recent Ethanol Producer article states, “World Centric and Aloterra believe that transparency and the integrity of sustainability claims for the entire supply chain is critically important for customers transitioning to Made in the USA foodservice ware. With that in mind, the entire supply chain-from the growing of the crops, to the pulp, to the final foodservice package-will be independently certified to The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials standard. “World Centric’s customers will have the peace of mind of knowing exactly where all of the product’s ingredients are sourced and that the sustainability claims are legitimate,” said Aloterra’s Chief Legal Officer, Scott Coye-Huhn.

29 April 2015 – New Draft RSB Standard for Low iLUC Biofuels

The RSB released draft “Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators” for finalization by RSB members at the June 1st General Assembly meeting. By complying with this new criteria, producers will be able to demonstrate that biomass was produced with no indirect impact on food production or biodiversity. The new criteria and indicators will form the basis of an add-on module to the RSB standard for biofuels and bio-products is based on the Low Indirect Impact Biofuels (LIIB) Methodology, developed in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Ecofys. Download the press release here. Biomass Magazine, Biofuels Journal and other publications noted RSB’s draft low iLUC risk standard and how RSB-certified operators that comply with the new criteria and compliance indicators will be entitled to an extra “low iLUC risk” on-product claim. Articles also noted that the new iLUC standard is undergoing consultation with RSB members and will be finalized by the Assembly of Delegates at the June 1st General Assembly meeting in Geneva.

29 April 2015 – Updated Standards Documents

Two RSB standards documents have been updated recently:

16 April 2015 – Agrisoma Articles Mention RSB 

Several articles including from Biofuels Digest, mentioned how Resonance Carinata, Agrisoma’s lead product, is the world’s only RSB-certified sustainable oilseed crop, providing a source of sustainable oil for renewable fuels and other products, in addition to a high-protein animal feed by-product.

April 2015 – RSB Becomes Co-Chair of UN SE4All Initiative on Bioenergy

se4all-logoRSB is honored to take up the role of co-chair of the SE4All High Impact Opportunity (HIO) for Bioenergy with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). We are working with HIO Director, Gerard Ostheimer, to launch the HIO in New York, NY on 17-21 May at the SE4All conference.

30-31 March 2015 – KLM Hosts RSB Investors Workshop

RSB Everest Investor Meeting

Financiers, RSB members, and staff participated in a recent RSB and Everest Energy workshop held in KLM offices in Amsterdam. The program focused on how RSB can meet investors’ demand for high quality sustainability and contribute to de-risking the entire value chain. The session looked at the value (and potential adaptations) of the RSB sustainability framework for project financiers, which will be further developed with investors. Contact us for more details or stay tuned for a summary to be posted soon.

24-25 March 2015 – Webinar Educates on Chain of Custody Tracking

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Two webinars were recently held by RSB and Elements Software to  demonstrate supply chain tracking software. More than 45 participants from around the world learned about how Elements software facilitates compliance with the RSB Chain of Custody standard and viewed a demonstration of the Elements software.  Click here for more details.

19 March 2015 – Greenergy Earns RSB Sustainability Certification!

Greenergy, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of waste based biodiesel, has earned the RSB sustainability certification for the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil at its facilities in Immingham and North Cave.  Greenergy supplies more than a quarter of the UK’s road fuel and manufactures its own biodiesel from wastes in order to meet its biodiesel blending obligations.  The company sources waste oils and fats globally and operates two biodiesel manufacturing facilities in the UK, with a pre-processing facility enabling the use of an increasingly wide range of different wastes materials. Greenergy’s RSB certification was mentioned in a variety of publications including  Biofuels Journal,  Biofuels Digest,  Domestic Fuel, Biodiesel Magazine, and many others. Download press release for more details.

March 2015 – RSB Updates ITC Standards Map Profile

The RSB recently updated its profile in the online standards map database, run by the International Trade Centre (ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations). The updated profile gives an overview of the RSB standards and processes, and the website functionality enables users to explore and compare over 130 sustainability standards.

26 February 2015 – 2014 IATA Report on Alternative Aviation Fuels Highlights RSBIATA report cover

The latest alternative fuels report from International Air Transport Association (IATA) delves into the sustainability of alternative aviation fuels. IATA has dedicated Section 3.3 of the report to the recent developments of RSB, including the smallholder program and recent rankings by WWF, IUCN and NRDC, which all found RSB to be the best biofuels sustainability certification worldwide. The report highlights the “Fuelling the Future” report by Sustainable Aviation, which notes support of RSB as the most robust global sustainability standard. Read the full report here.

18 February 2015 – RSB Members Webinar: Accessing the German Biofuels Market

RSB members and certified operators joined RSB for a free webinar to discuss the latest in German biofuels markets. From now on, biofuel targets in Germany will be based on a greenhouse gas (GHG) saving rather than a volume basis. The webinar included a policy update and discussion of practical approaches to help biofuel producers comply with expected changes in German legislation, while remaining compatible with other EU countries that are continuing with the existing system.

4 February 2015 – NRDC Report Recommends RSB Certification for Aviation IndustryNRDC Report Cover Image

NRDC released its second annual Aviation Biofuel Sustainability Scorecard, which rates individual airlines on their implementation of commitments to source sustainably produced biofuels. The report says, “While many members of the aviation sector have made some important progress to implement their sustainability commitments over the past year, we believe there are enormous opportunities to do more, particularly now that credible sustainability standards – such as those adopted by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) – are now fully operational in the marketplace.” The report also states that “Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group and its 28 member airlines should make a firm commitment to use the certification framework created by the RSB.” Full report.

2 February 2015 – RSB Publishes February Newsletter

RSB has set ambitious plans for 2015.  We will kick-off a new series of webinars in February and have begun planning for the Annual General Assembly in late May / early June.  A public consultation for the revision of our Principles and Criteria has been launched and we will work with our members to develop an organisational strategy over the coming months. Interest in certification is growing steadily and we hope to make some interesting announcements soon.  It’s going to be a good year!

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28 January 2015 – Launching of Call for Public Comment: RSB Principles & Criteria

We are pleased to announce that the 60-day public consultation for revision of the RSB Principles & Criteria (P&Cs) begins today! Make your voice count and send us your comments and suggestions for improvement! For more information, please visit our call for public comments page.

5 January 2015 – New GHG Requirements for Voluntary Sustainability Schemes

From now, biofuel obligations in Germany will be based on a greenhouse gas (GHG) saving rather than a volume basis. EU-approved Voluntary Sustainability Schemes, such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), will play a key role in the new system. The German government presented important details about the new requirements in December. To read the full article, click here.

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