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RSB receives ISEAL Innovations Fund grant to advance consistency and credibility in sustainability solutions for hard-to-abate sectors

In light of the pressing global climate crisis, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is taking proactive steps to foster collaborative and sustainable solutions, particularly in hard-to-abate sectors like aviation and shipping. Acknowledging the urgency for innovative approaches, RSB has developed the RSB Book & Claim System, aimed at accelerating the decarbonization efforts. Now, RSB is focusing efforts on promoting an ecosystem approach to the growing market of independent registries, to grow and maintain trust in book and claim as a solution for these sectors.

With growing demand for sustainable solutions, independent registry operators are increasingly emerging. However, this expansion brings new challenges, including the need for fraud prevention and harmonisation between operators, in line with the best practice developed by RSB. In response, RSB has secured grant funding from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, to undertake a crucial research and development project.

About RSB’s Book & Claim System
The RSB Book & Claim System allows for the decoupling of certified sustainability attributes from products such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and sustainable marine fuel (SMF). This system, facilitated through a registry, enables stakeholders to seamlessly register, transfer, and retire these attributes as units, thereby fostering collaboration without the constraints of physical supply chains. By supporting corporates in reducing their Scope 1 and 3 emissions, this initiative can drive meaningful change in providing a valuable inset solution.

Insets refer to emission reductions achieved within a company’s value chain. For example, in the context of SAF, insets have been derived by separating the environmental attributes from the physical fuel and track them separately using a book and claim system. This enables companies to claim emission reductions without purchasing physical fuel regardless of where the fuel is used.

The grant will support efforts to cultivate a registry ecosystem that promotes interoperability between registries, mitigates double counting risks, and ensures compliance with voluntary reporting frameworks such as SBTi. Through comprehensive research, expert input and technical developments, the project aims to establish a robust foundation for seamless data exchange, transparency and accountability within the book and claim system.

This initiative not only benefits stakeholders directly involved but also extends its impact to supply chain operators, end-users and the broader RSB and ISEAL community. By enhancing the credibility and effectiveness of book and claim operations, it paves the way for greater adoption of sustainable practices and accelerates progress towards net-zero emissions.

Ultimately, this collaborative effort signifies a crucial step towards industry transformation and a sustainable future. Through collective action and innovation, RSB and its partners are committed to driving positive change and addressing the urgent challenges posed by the climate crisis.

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