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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.

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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 elena.schmidt@rsb.org.

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!

Download RSB’s latest newsletter here to see recent activities, events and project updates.

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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.

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

It’s been an exciting year for RSB with streamlining the organisation, 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 organisations or indigenous peoples’ organisations or community-based civil society organisations. 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 organisations 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 organisation, 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 organisation`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 organisation’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. For a more complete and detailed report and photos, download the PDF. 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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