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22 September 2016 – RSB Publishes Latest Newsletter: RSB Matters

For the latest news and upcoming events, check out our latest newsletter.September 2016 Newsletter Image for website

This month’s highlights include RSB’s three upcoming events in Chicago USA, Johannesburg South Africa and Hanoi Vietnam; two new smallholder certifications in Brazil; Franklin Baker first food ingredient producer to earn RSB certification, Africa’s first biofuel flights on RSB­ certified feedstock; new member Ubrabio; member news from Lanzatech and SkyNRG; upcoming events; and more.

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21 September 2016 - ASSOBARI First Sugarcane Farmer Organization in Brazil to Earn RSB Certification

Sugarcane field, © Assobari

Sugarcane field, © Assobari

ASSOBARI (Associação dos Fornecedores de Cana da Região de Bariri) is the first organization of sugar cane producers in Brazil to earn RSB certification. The RSB certification is for the production and processing of sugarcane by 62 farmers and approximately 1,860 hectares of sugar cane plantations. RSB certification is the recognition that farmers in the Bariri region produce sugarcane in a sustainable manner, in accordance with global standards,” said Acácio Masson Filho, Assobari’s President. “RSB is an important organization to help us access the market for multi-products from sugar cane.”

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15 September 2016 - Farmers Earn First RSB Smallholder Group Certification in Brazil


For the first time, a smallholder group with 20 family farmers and a cooperative earned RSB certification in Brazil. The project in the Montes Claros region, Minas Gerais state of Brazil is a pioneer as the first RSB smallholder certification in Brazil, using RSB principles and criteria adapted to smallholders groups. The project was developed with support from RSB and the Boeing Corporate Citizenship program in partnership with Unidade de Beneficiamento de Coco Macaúba (UBCM) which is a small cooperative that processes macaúba fruits collected by local communities, with a local university Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), and with two family farmers associations. They participated in the RSB smallholder program which aims to improve the living conditions of small farmers and promote sustainable practices based on the RSB standard and seeking market for certified products.

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1 September 2016 - RSB EU RED Re-Recognized by the European Commission

RSB is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the Commission on 9 August 2016 in the Official Journal of the European Union and is valid for 5 years after the date it entered into force. The EU Commission recognizes the ‘Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials EU RED’ for demonstrating compliance with the sustainability criteria under Directives 98/70/EC and 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.

In order to receive public support or count towards mandatory national renewable energy targets, biofuels and bioliquids used  in the EU must comply with EU`s sustainability criteria. Being certified under RSB EU RED is one way for companies to demonstrate that their biofuels comply with these sustainability criteria. RSB is committed to maintaining the most credible and comprehensive standards for the global sustainable production, conversion and use of biomass.

RSB’s upcoming Assembly of Delegates meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam (8-9 November) will again bring together members, certified operators, global brands and NGO’s to discuss, debate and continue RSB’s leadership in sustainability. This year’s program will include a workshop hosted by WWF and RSB with a focus on sustainability in the Aviation sector.

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11 August 2016 – ICAO 2016 Environmental Report Published

ICAO cover imageRSB’s Executive Director, Rolf Hogan, authored “Beyond CO2″ in Chapter 4 of ICAO’s Environmental Report for 2016 called “On Board A Sustainable Future”. The article looks at the importance of strong sustainability standards, the role of sustainable biofuels in achieving ICAO’s climate goals, smallholder impacts, indirect land use issues, and the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All). It discusses the aviation industry’s interest in reducing its global footprint, not just for CO2 emissions, but also for other environmental and human aspects – from livelihoods of smallholders, to conservation and biodiversity.

1 August 2016 – Arianna Baldo Joins RSB as Southern Africa Regional Representative

Arianna-profile-pic_smallArianna Baldo joined RSB’s Secretariat team today to lead and coordinate the uptake of the RSB standard in Southern Africa and ensures the effective implementation of RSB field projects and stakeholder engagement activities. She will coordinate a three-year project in partnership with WWF South Africa and supported by the Boeing Corporate Citizenship Program. The project is reviewing the development of aviation biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa, linking smallholders to markets through RSB certification and supporting the adaption of RSB indicators in Southern Africa. Prior to RSB, Arianna served as Executive Director for Fairtrade Label South Africa.

29 July 2016 - Franklin Baker First Food Ingredient Producer to Earn RSB Certification

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Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines Team Members, © Franklin Baker

Franklin Baker Company of the Philippines earned RSB certification for the growing, harvesting and supply of coconut products from farms located in the Mindanao Island, Philippines. Their products include desiccated coconut, sweetened and unsweetened toasted coconut, creamed coconut and coconut concentrate, virgin coconut oil, coconut flour and coconut water.

“RSB certification provides numerous benefits to any manufacturing organisation,” said Jerry Lorenzo, Franklin Baker’s President and CEO. “The strength of RSB for Franklin Baker is that not only does it recognize sustainability and ethical practices, but also covers areas of global concern such as labor rights, rural development, conservation and the environment. Attention to these operating principles is not only a desired way to run a business, but also reinforces our other CSR activities in the local communities and raises our credibility status with increasingly discerning global customers. We are proud to join the elite group of companies that have achieved RSB certification.”

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19 July 2016 – New Call for Public Comments: C. I. Indutrade S.A.S.

RSB has a 2 week call for public comment period for any RSB certification applicant. Click here to see details of our latest applicant, C. I. Indutrade S.A.S. in Colombia. The call for public comments for his applicant ends 2 August 2016.

15 July 2016 – RSB Working With Others to Make a Difference in South Africa

On Boeing’s 100th anniversary, South African Airways (SAA) celebrated Africa’s first sustainable biofuel flight. The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used biojet fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir Fuels, and supplied by SkyNRG. Sunchem and SkyNRG are both RSB certified, and AltAir is in the process of RSB certification.

Read more about how this serves as inspiration for others around the world.

6 July 2016 – Welcome to New RSB Member: Ubrabio

RSB is excited to welcome Brazilian Biodiesel and Biojetfuel Union (Ubrabio), as RSB’s Logo-Ubrabionewest member, and to announce that RSB is also now a member of Ubrabio in a joint membership agreement in order to work together towards the same goal of sustainable biomaterials. Ubrabio is based in Brazil and will be part of RSB’s Chamber 7: Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), governments, and research/academic institutions. “For Ubrabio, certification is an important issue and should match Brazil’s reality. This partnership with RSB reinforces our commitment to advances in social, environmental and economic aspects and Brazil’s biodiesel quality, whose usage is consolidated for the excellence of quality parameters that are more restrictive than even in the U.S. and European Union,” said Juan Diego Ferrés, Ubrabio’s President.

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1 July 2016 – Sunchem, Project Solaris Case Study Published

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Download RSB’s case study about Certified Operator, Sunchem and Project Solaris. Read about how this project is making a difference in the Limpopo Province in South Africa, both environmentally with at least 50% GHG emissions savings, and socially with improving smallholder livelihoods.

24 June 2016 – RSB Nominated as Technical Advisor to UN ICAO/ICSA’s Alternative Fuels Task Force

green airplane shapeRSB has been nominated by WWF to act as a technical adviser to the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) in the Alternative Fuels Task Force (AFTF) of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). RSB will bring its expertise to ensure that any sustainability criteria for aviation biofuels developed in ICAO fully deliver against all three pillars of sustainability in a way that is practical for airlines seeking to use sustainable alternative fuels.

16 June 2016 – NRDC Recommends Airlines Source Only RSB Certified Biofuels

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s 2016 Aviation Scorecard report recommends that airlines should make public commitments to source only RSB certified aviation biofuels, and communicate this to fuel and feedstock producers. NRDC also recommends that airlines without delivery contracts for RSB certified biofuels should explore and secure them at the earliest opportunity.

All Top 6 Leading Airlines listed in the report have contracts for delivering RSB-certified aviation biofuels. These include Air France/KLM, SAS, British Airways, SAA, United, and Cathay Pacific which are looking for and preferring RSB certified fuel. 

NRDC aviation scorecard top 6 airline table

The report also offers good news for airlines already purchasing RSB certified fuel, as NRDC offered more points and higher sustainability ratings for those airlines using RSB certified fuel than any other certification system in the world.

Download NRDC 2016 Aviation Scorecard

16 June 2016 – RSB Publishes June Newsletter: RSB Matters

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

This month’s highlights include new members GreenSocial and Eco-1; RSB’s joint campaign with WBCSD and SE4ALL on Below50 initiative; RSB’s signing of historic global pesticide agreement; launch of new RSB advisory services and a new RSB team member; member news from WWF and Boeing; upcoming events; and more.

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3 June 2016 – WWF “Greener Skies” Report Encourages Airlines to Seek RSB Certification via “low ILUC risk” Module

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WWF’s recent report says “RSB certification can ensure positive contributions to poverty alleviation (SDG 1) and food security (SDG 2). RSB certification is one way biofuel producers can demonstrate that their direct operations promote sustainable development. The first airline to source sustainable alternative fuel that is RSB-certified as “low ILUC risk” will take a big step forward towards proving that alternative aviation fuels can both directly reduce emissions and support sustainable development, whilst mitigating the risks of negative indirect impacts on emissions and sustainability. To prove the concept of sustainable low-ILUC biofuels, WWF encourages airlines as a priority to seek certification via the RSB “low ILUC risk” module.” Download full WWF report here.

1 June 2016 – Welcome to Our New Business Development Director: Marcelle Peuckert

13 : 18 HochformatRSB weclomes Marcelle Peuckert as our new Business Development Director. She will lead RSB’s efforts to increase the uptake of RSB within the global business community. Prior to RSB, Marcelle served as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)’s Business Development Director for 10 years leading the development and growth of the business development unit, launching their new global consumer facing brand, and developing their smallholder support program. She has worked in the NGO sector for almost 25 years.

26 May 2016 – RSB Initiates Integrated Pest Management Coalition With Other ISEAL Members

Through certification, the RSB has been contributing to the reduction of pesticide use and the elimination of the most hazardous pesticides for many years. Together with 7 other ISEAL members, RSB has been working on a common approach to pesticide reduction. In May 2016, this coalition came together and signed a historic agreement that confirms efforts to work together towards the improvement of knowledge and sustainable use of pesticides, including the elimination of Highly Hazardous Pesticides. Specifically, we agreed to:

  • promote a set of common principles for integrated pest management;
  • to seek and promote alternatives to pesticide use;
  • to share strategies and techniques with each other;
  • to create a common manual for training programs and producers on worker health risks and how to use safety equipment;
  • and to create a common reference database with information on banned pesticides and knowledge-sharing on integrated pest management.

Elena Schmidt, RSB’s Standard Development Director, said “the coalition`s work to develop training programs for producers and to create a common database with information on pesticides shows the important role that certification systems can play for learning and capacity building especially in a smallholder context.”

Read more about why RSB signed this agreement and what it entails here

25 May 2016 – Join RSB in below50 Launch

RSB is partnering on an exciting new initiative with WBCSD to promote and support the development of sustainable biofuels which provides a unique opportunity for RSB certified operators to engage with investors and policy makers. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in partnership with RSB and SE4ALL, are launching next week a unique collaborative initiative on Low Carbon Fuels called below50 campaign.

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below50 is a global collaboration of forward-thinking companies that aims to grow a global corporate market for the most sustainable breed of low carbon transport fuels. This collaboration is the only global initiative bringing together the entire value chain and policy-makers to create demand and deploy the world’s most sustainable transport fuels. The collaboration is designed to:

* Increase the number of companies choosing below50 fuels
* Create inter-sectoral B2B opportunities throughout supply chains
* Demonstrate below50 fuels makes good economic, social and environmental sense
* Address legislative and financial barriers to source below50 fuels

The collaboration is quickly taking shape. This is your opportunity to get on board and be part of a ground-breaking initiative. 13 companies are already part of the collaboration, such as LanzaTech, SkyNRG, DuPont, Joule Unlimited, DSM, Novozymes, Copersucar, Audi, Clariant, Pannonia, GranBio, Red Rock Biofuels and POET.

If you are RSB certified, you are qualified automatically to join this initiate. Only companies that show supporting evidence to produce (e.g. RSB, FSC, SAN or BonSucro certification), consume or invest in fuels with, at least, 50% less GHG emissions compared with traditional fuels can join.

Being part of below50 gives the opportunity to join several regional roadshows, like the below50 investors roundtable in London, policymakers & business event in Brazil and China, but also work on innovative tools to share best practices, create public-private partnerships, educate policymakers and foster business opportunities for members.

below50 global launch event next week
The group is mobilizing to launch a global campaign in San Francisco (Westin Hotel) at the Clean Energy Ministerial 7, June 1st . If you would like to join, please register here.

For more information on the below50 campaign and launch event please contact

9 May 2016 – RSB Announces New Advisory Services

RSB is now offering a range of advisory services to support businesses, investors, development agencies NGOs, and governments in applying the RSB standard to their operations, projects and policy development. Through technical and strategic advice, hands-on implementation, staff training and research, we offer a variety of services.

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5 May 2016 - RSB Earns Compliance Status with ISEAL Standard-Setting Code

RSB was independently evaluated and found to be in compliance with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code, which defines effective standard-setting processes and increases the credibility of the standard. The RSB is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance which sets Codes of Good Practice for ISEALMember-Logomulti-stakeholder sustainability standards. Compliance with ISEAL requirements is a rigorous process and has only been achieved by a limited number of global sustainability standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council, FairTrade and the Marine Stewardship Council.

1 May 2016 – Call for Public Comments on RSB Standard for End-of-Life Products, By-Products and Residues 

RSB invites the public to contribute to the revision of the RSB Standard for end-of-life products, by-products and residues which defines how operators may use these feedstocks for biofuel or biomaterial production. For documents and details, please visit our public consultations web page here. The public consultation period will be open for 60 calendar days and will end on 30th of June 2016.

14 April 2016 – Welcome to Green Social, RSB’s Newest Member

Ethanol fueled Clean cookstove, Courtesy from Project Gaia

Ethanol fueled Clean cookstove, Courtesy from Project Gaia

Welcome to Green Social Bioethanol, RSB’s newest member, which is based in Brazil and part of RSB’s Chamber 5: Rural Development Organizations. Alongside other important RSB members from Africa, Asia and the Americas, Green will be engaging in RSB discussions and decision-making processes for promoting the sustainability in the production chain of biofuels and biomaterials.  Read more here.

21 March 2016 - RSB Publishes Latest Newsletter: RSB Matters

For the latest news and upcoming events, check out our latest newsletter.March 2016 newsletter image

This month’s highlights include new member JetBlue; RSB certification for Biodex in Tunisia; AltAir’s (undergoing RSB certification) biofuel provision to United for their historical LAX flights; Sustainable Sugarcane Program launch in Brazil; launch of a new RSB certified logo; lots of member news from Tyton Bio, UNCTAD and others; upcoming events; and more.

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18 March 2016 – Welcome to Eco-1 Latest RSB Member

Melanie Williams visiting RSB's Newest Member Eco-1

Melanie Williams visiting RSB’s Newest Member Eco-1

Welcome to Eco-1, RSB’s newest member and the first to sell 100% renewable biodiesel to the public. RSB’s Melanie Williams visited them recently to learn more about the success of their initiative to provide unmanned filling stations in communes throughout Norway. They sell exclusively biofuel and are growing rapidly. Another stop on Melanie’s visit was Oslo Airport, where Avinor is pioneering the commercial supply of biojet made from RSB certified camelina oil and processed by another RSB member – Neste.

14 March 2016 - BIODEX-SA First in Tunisia to Earn RSB Certification

Photo Credit: BIODEX-SA

Photo Credit: BIODEX-SA

BIODEX-SA is the first company to collect waste oils and transform them into biodiesel in Africa, as well as the first in Tunisia to earn RSB certification. The BIODEX-SA, biodiesel plant converts used cooking oil to biodiesel, which is then sold to the European market. ”BIODEX-SA is proud to be the first RSB certified organization in Tunisia. RSB certification shows our commitment to respecting the sustainability criteria of waste and the environment,” said Pr. Dr. Mounir Bezzarga, BIODEX-SA’s CEO. Download press release here.

14 March 2016 – RSB Member Tyton BioEnergy Announces Technology Breakthrough, New Method for Turning Plant Oils into Jet Fuel

Tyton BioEnergy Systems, which is an RSB member, filed a patent application for a new method and system of converting oil extracted from plant biomass or seeds directly into jet fuel using its proprietary processing technology.  Tyton aims to scale-up and commercialize its modular, low-cost plant-to-jet-fuel technology after completing several more development steps. Read more here.

11 March 2016 - RSB Certification Applicant AltAir Providing Renewable Fuels to United at LAX Airport

United Airlines made history today by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel in partnership with AltAir Fuels (AltAir) for regularly scheduled flights from Los Angeles International Airport. AltAir is currently pursuing certification under the RSB. The AltAir facility is the world’s first dedicated, commercial-scale renewable jet fuel production facility.  The refinery converts non-edible natural oils and agricultural wastes into jet fuel as well as renewable diesel.

“RSB welcomes AltAir into the certification process and looks forward to the results soon,” said Barbara Bramble, RSB’s Board Chair. “We are excited to work with AltAir and United to further the use of sustainable biofuels in order to truly make an impact on greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector.”

Read United Airlines’ press release here. Or watch this video to learn more:

25 February 2016 – JetBlue Airways Joins the RSB as First U.S. Airline Member JetBlue logo

JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced it has joined RSB as the first U.S. airline member. JetBlue has committed to a biofuels plan in 2017 that will bring future biofuels to JetBlue and create cooperation among commercial carriers. With RSB’s guidance, JetBlue will join a consortium of corporate citizens and airlines pursuing multiple sources of biofuels that minimize unwanted environmental and social impacts throughout their supply-chain and life-cycle. “JetBlue is joining RSB as renewable biofuels will become increasingly more important for aviation to continue to grow responsibly,” Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability, JetBlue said. Download full press release.

23 February 2016 – UNCTAD Publishes Report Referencing RSB’s iLUC Standard and Smallholder Projects
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“Advanced biofuels made from non-food biomass, also known second-generation biofuels, have become a commercial reality,” a new UNCTAD report concludes. The report, Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives, also discusses RSB’s leadership in establishing the first iLUC standard and RSB’s environmental and social impact through various smallholder projects around the world.

22 February 2016  – SOCICANA and RSB Launch the Sustainable Sugarcane Programsocicana flyer cover image

The goal of this ”Programa Cana Sustentável” is to help smallholder producers to implement sustainable practices according to the RBS standard, and thus improve the management of the property, the quality of raw materials and, consequently, obtain better business results. Download flyer for more details.

2 February 2016 – RSB Publishes Latest Newsletter: RSB Matters

February 2016 Newsletter imageFor the latest news and upcoming events, check out our latest newsletter.

This month’s highlights include RSB certifications for GoodFuels and Advanced Biochemical Thailand; the availability of RSB-certified camelina oil from Camelina Company Espana now available at Oslo airport; an aviation biofuel workshop update from South Africa; collaboration with CQC in China; and upcoming events.

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26 January 2016 – Biofuel From RSB Certified Camelina Oil Now Available at Oslo Airport

“Oslo Airport has become the world’s first airport to offer sustainacamelina logoble jet biofuel to all airlines. The jet biofuel is supplied by Air BP. Lufthansa Group, SAS and KLM have signed agreements to buy the fuel. Produced by Neste in the framework of the demonstration project ITAKA, the sustainable jet fuel is made from camelina oil from Camelina Company España (CCE) that is RSB certified,” reports Airport Technology. News of this was also covered in Aviation Pros, BP, SkyNRG, and other publications.

21 January 2016 – “GoodFuels Marine Receives Highest Standard Certification (RSB) for Its Sustainable Marine Biofuels”

GoodFuels Marine, the first marine biofuel company focused on the global commercial fleet, has received the highest standard of certification from RSB, enabling the company to actively sell and promote RSB-certified biofuels to the shipping industry. The certification, which assesses the sustainable viability of the biomaterials used by GoodFuels to generate marine bunker fuel, has been awarded for two years. RSB has defined 12 principles to which biomaterials have to comply to be seen as sustainable and thereby eligible for the RSB stamp of approval, including the levels of CO2 reduction, human rights impacts and legal criteria. Click here for full article.


Photo Credit: GoodFuels. GoodNRG Sustainability Committee (from left to right) Barbara Bramble, Chair of RSB Board of Directors; Martin Junginger, Associate Professor at Utrecht University; Patricia Osseweijer, Professor of Sustainability at TU Delft

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