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17 December 2014 – RSB Publishes December Newsletter!newsletter image for website

It’s been an exciting year for RSB with streamlining the organization, Assembly of Delegates meeting in Brazil, new certifications around the world, recognition from Unilever and endorsement from global NGOs. We are ready to pick up the pace in 2015 with more certifications, new ways for members to engage, and an expanding smallholder program. A big thank you to all our supporters!

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9 December 2014 – Official Launch of Smallholder Project Solaris

RSB’s project partners SkyNRG, Sunchem SA, Boeing and South African Airlines (SAA) officially launched Project Solaris, an effort to develop sustainable jet fuel from the nicotine-free tobacco plant variety, called Solaris. The plant’s first harvest will occur this month, and oil from Solaris seeds may be converted into sustainable jet fuel as early as next year. SAA plans to conduct a test flight with the fuel as soon as practicable. The project is currently undergoing a screening exercise for RSB certification. RSB’s Executive Director Rolf Hogan participated in the launch event. More information…

4 December 2014 – Open position for RSB Standards Director

RSB is looking for a Standards Director to oversee and coordinate the development and maintenance of RSB standards and procedures. This full time position is located in Geneva, Switzerland with the possibility of working remotely in Europe, US or other location depending on experience of candidate. Closing date for applications: 5 January 2015.
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV including contact details for up to three references to info@rsb.org. Download full job description here.

21 November 2014 – Welcome RSB’s newest Members!

Welcome to RSB’s newest members, AltAir Fuels (USA, Chamber 2), European Bioplastics (Belgium, Chamber 2), Moringa Group (Southern Africa, Chamber 5) and the Civil Society Organisations Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment in East Africa (CISONET) (Uganda, Chamber 5)! Members of Chambers 2 are industrial biofuel/biomaterial producers, and Members of Chamber 5 are rural development or food security organisations & smallholder farmer organizations or indigenous peoples’ organizations or community-based civil society organizations. See RSB’s complete list of members here.

19 November 2014 – RSB Partners With Elements Traceability Software to Help Keep Track of Biofuel Feedstock Sustainability Data

RSB and Elements Software Ltd are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks. They have partnered to recommend a set of online tools to its members that ease the management of sustainability data as product travels through the supply chain. Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help RSB Participating Operators (POs) comply with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Sustainability data is collected and stored online as the biofuel travels through each stage of the supply chain. Read more…

11 November 2014 -Congrats RSB Member Lanzatech Voted Hottest Company in Bioenergy

Biofuels Digest announced last night that LanzaTech was voted the No.1 hottest company in Bioenergy and the No. 5 hottest company in Renewable Chemicals and Materials, in the annual Biofuels Digest Hot Rankings. Read more…

31 October 2014 – RSB Publishes October Newsletter!

October 2014 Newsletter imageSeptember and October have been very active months for RSB across the Americas, Europe and Africa. We held our Annual General Assembly in Brazil and have stepped up our engagement with biomaterials and global fora such as UN Global Compact. Aviation biofuels are literally taking-off with fuel from Amyris’ RSB-certified plant in Brazil. We are seeing growing interest in sustainability and RSB across sectors and geographies. And we are delighted to welcome new leaders in the RSB board and assembly from India, Nepal and the Philippines.

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16 October 2014 – Congratulations Amyris and Solazyme!

Congratulations to RSB Certified Operator Amyris and RSB Member Solazyme, Inc. who were both awarded the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award today in Washington, DC.

  • Amyris won the award for their development of a farnesane-based drop-in renewable fuel. See press release.

We are excited that two organizations from the RSB family have been recognized by this prestigious award.

30 September 2014 – RSB Publishes 2013 Annual Report

At the recent Assembly of Delegates meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, RSB’s members approved the 2013 Annual Report for publication. Key highlights from 2013 are detailed in the report. Download the 2013 Annual Report here.

23 September 2014 – RSB General Assembly Meeting Summary

The 2nd RSB General Assembly was held in São Paulo on September 23, 2014. The first RSB Assembly held outside of Europe marked an important evolution for the organization, and provided a communiqué and forum for current developments and future plans for RSB and its members. Notably, the meeting resulted in the approval of the organization`s eagerly-awaited Small-holder standard as well as the framework for its Monitoring and Evaluation system. The Assembly marked an important milestone in RSB’s development, considering the organization’s growing member-base and relevance within the sustainable biomaterials space: in 2013 and 2014, RSB was acclaimed by WWF, IUCN and NRDC to be the best performing biofuels sustainability standard. Full report and photos coming soon. Read one page meeting summary here.

17 September 2014 – RSB Publishes September 2014 Newsletter

RSB’s recent news and activites are highlighted in the latest “RSB Matters” newsletter and includes smallholder updates, recent certified operators, NRDC report that ranked RSB highest, Sustainable Aviation report on Fuelling the Future, standards updates, recent event participation and upcoming events, and more.

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16 September 2014 – WWF, IUCN and NRDC Find “RSB is the strongest, most robust scheme”

“WWF International, IUCN NL and most recently Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) assessed biofuels certification schemes either against each other, or against a set of criteria. Despite different methodologies and varying numbers and set of standard schemes examined, their findings largely concur:

  • All find RSB to be the strongest, most robust scheme.

The most comprehensive and ambitious of the recognized schemes is the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The RSB’s principles and criteria include avoiding negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 50%, maintaining water resources, improving food security, and contributing to social and economic development. Read more on WWF’s website.

21 August 2014 – MBP Group Earns RSB Sustainability Certification

MBP Group has earned RSB sustainability certification for their waste material collection, trading and distribution activities. “MBP Group was built on a sustainable background, adding as much value as possible to industrial by-products. Sustainability was – and still remains – a key ingredient of our business activities and its success. We are pleased to see that our company was certified according to the RSB scheme; this constitutes an important recognition of our continuous efforts for the sustainable management and trade of industrial waste and by-products,” David Magnussen, MBP Group CEO. “We are very pleased that MBP Group has chosen RSB certification for their sites in the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. MBP’s commitment to feedstock traceability throughout their operations, which supply a wide range of waste material to the biofuels and bioenergy sectors, fits very well with the robust RSB approach to waste verification,” said Rolf Hogan, RSB’s Executive Secretary. Download the full press release here.

18 August 2014 – New ISEAL Report “Responsible Business Practices in the Indian Palm Oil Sector” Published

“A new report produced through support from ISEAL analyses the reasons why demand for sustainable palm oil is lagging in the world’s largest palm oil consuming country. The report was produced by the Centre for Responsible Business, ISEAL’s local implementing partner in India for the project with the Swiss government. It finds that incentives are critically lacking for Indian businesses to commit to sourcing sustainably and that the standards movement needs to more strategically engage influential actors in the Indian landscape to increase the adoption of certification.” Download the report.  Visit ISEAL’s website for more information.

13 August 2014 – Certification of Bio-Based Chemicals: RSB in Bioplastics Magazine

Bioplastics Magazine recently published an opinion piece on mass balance. Read RSB’s Dr. Melanie Williams commentary and explanation of RSB’s certification of bio-based chemicals and mass balance.  Download full article here.

6 August 2014 – SkyNRG Partners with Boeing, South African Airways to Turn Tobacco Into Sustainable Jet Fuel Based on Sunchem Solaris Technology

SkyNRG announces its first major feedstock project in South Africa based on the Solaris technology. Solaris is a nicotine-free energy tobacco crop that’s developed by the Italian company Sunchem. SkyNRG and Sunchem SA have teamed up to roll out Solaris in  Southern Africa at large scale to help power local sustainable jet fuel production. Solaris aims to demonstrate its sustainability by meeting the criteria of the Roundtable of
Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) standard which has been identified by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other international NGOs as the strongest sustainability guarantee on the market. Boeing, SAA and the RSB are already working together with Southern African stakeholders to position farmers with small plots of land to tap markets for biofuel  feedstocks that provide socio-economic value to communities without harming food supplies, fresh water or land use. Read full press release here.

 

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