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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: http://crreport.united.com/video/AltAir.mp4

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.

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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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