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RSB welcomes new members aligning with our vision of a truly sustainable bioeconomy

As we settle into 2024 and start building on the ambitious plans that we have laid out in the beginning of the year, we would like to take this moment to welcome the new organisations that have chosen to join RSB and align with our vision of a truly sustainable bioeconomy.  

RSB’s diverse and dedicated member organisations are at the heart of our collaborative network. They represent those on a journey towards a just and sustainable transition to a bio-based and circular economy. From producers of next-generation materials to the end-users of these products, from non-profit social organisations to non-governmental environmental organisations, and from high-level public policy institutions to academia and research institutions – they are lighting the way for a global sustainability movement. 

So let us welcome our new members – Azure Sustainable Fuel Corp, Fundación CENER, Helvoil SA, Kulumsa Agricultural Research Center (Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research), Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre, Sustainable Flight Solutions Ltd, and Q8Aviation

Azure Sustainable Fuels Corp joins us from Canada, where the company aims to develop an independent SAF production facility operational by 2026.

“Azure is proud to become an RSB member to support the aviation industry’s transition towards a sustainable, bio-based, circular world. Azure is actively working in support of this transition through efforts to bring significant quantities of SAF to market as soon as practical to support the reduction of carbon emissions from the aviation industry. Through its membership in RSB, Azure will ensure that the SAF it brings to market will be available to participants in the CORSIA ecosystem and looks forwards to collaborating on standards-setting and policy discussions to facilitate the integration of Azure’s responsibly-sourced, sustainably-produced aviation fuels into world markets.” – Douglas Cole (Azure CEO) 

CENER is an applied research hub that is currently developing over fifty projects in the renewable energies space. We look forward to the expertise and insights they will bring to our community.

“We are thrilled to become members of RSB! As a technology center dedicated to advancing applied research in renewable energies, one of our focus lies on biomass thermochemical and biochemical conversion routes for the production of biofuels, SAF, and bio-based products. Specifically, through our Biomass Area and BIO2C Biorefinery, we oversee the entire process from laboratory to pilot and demonstration scale. Being sustainability and techno-economic feasibility the core of our developments, we eagerly anticipate collaborating with the RSB community to advance societal decarbonisation and foster a sustainable biocircular economy on a global scale.” – Goizeder Barberena (Biomass Area Business Development Manager

Helvoil are from our home in Switzerland – where they are working on HVO production from waste feedstocks.

“We are delighted to join RSB as a new member. With Helvoil we aim to give a contribution to the decarbonization of road and air transport by producing sustainable fuels in Switzerland with proven and scalable technologies. We look forward to meet like-minded people and together to make the energy transition happen, now and here.” – Luca Schenk (Helvoil Chairman)  

The Kulumsa Agricultural Research Center forms part of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), which stands as one of the oldest and largest agricultural research systems in Africa. We look forward to continuing our engagement with them and our other partners in the region.

“We are joining RSB because they provide an environment for member communities’ leaders, innovators and pioneers to bring about their ultimate goal of a net-positive world.” – Melaku Tafese Awulachew (Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research) 

Solidaridad East and Central Africa – After a wonderful engagement with the team in Nairobi last year, we’re delighted to welcome them to our social chamber, joining their Southern Africa counterparts, where we know they will bring powerful perspectives on the just transition topic.

“Solidaridad is a seasoned international development player with over 50 years of global presence and 12 years within the Eastern and Central Africa space. With the intention of making sustainability and inclusivity the norm in the communities we work and live in, Solidaridad brings together supply chain players and engages them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all.” – Molly Kwamah (Regional Business Development and partnership Engagement Manager)

Sustainable Flight Solutions join us from Ireland, where the company looks to develop the SAF industry there. They are working on projects under Horizon Europe focused on carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) technology.

“We are proud to join the growing community of ambitious RSB members. At SFS Ireland, we are working to help decarbonise aviation through multi-stakeholder partnerships that will drive the development and deployment of SAF. Joining RSB will underpin our project work in novel feedstock processing to enhance HEFA production, as well as enabling us to be part of shaping the future of SAF and its deployment by building the possibilities of the book & claim system.” 

Q8Aviation joins us as a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Aviation, who are working to trade SAF via book and claim.

“We understand our customers need SAF and the benefits of SAF as part of the aviation industry’s goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As a result, we are at the forefront of creating partnerships to make sure this is possible. Q8Aviation are therefore thrilled to join RSB as members, drawn by their robust Book and Claim framework, which aligns with our internal company values of providing transparency in virtual sustainable aviation fuel transactions.” 

We look forward to working with our new members bring our vision of a truly sustainable bioeconomy into reality.  

If you are interested in joining RSB’s collaborative network of member organisations, please contact RSB’s Membership & Events Officer, Aléz Odendaal (alez.odedndaal [@]

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