Aviation Fuels

The RSB supports the development of sustainable alternative fuels for the aviation industry that promote social and environmental sustainability and safeguard food security. We do this by partnering with aviation biofuel initiatives worldwide, engaging airlines through membership, and helping supply chain companies achieve RSB certification for their bio-based fuels.

Fast Facts

Alternative Aviation Fuel accounted for 11% of RSB certified products
in 2017.

The only commercial alternative aviation fuel producers worldwide, AltAir & SkyNRG, are RSB certified.

RSB drives the sustainability agenda at global level through ICAO.

Many alternative aviation fuel initiatives worldwide, including the 28 airlines member of the Sustainable Air Fuel User Group (SAFUG), have committed to RSB-certified biofuel.

RSB certified sustainable alternative aviation fuel has a minimum 50% GHG emission reduction compared to the fossil fuel baseline and guarantees the protection of social and environmental rights and food security.


The aviation industry has committed to grow carbon-neutrally as of 2020, and to decrease GHG emissions by 50% by 2050.

We are working with the industry to achieve these goals – and to ensure that these developments have sustainability at their heart.

Goal 1

Improve fleet fuel efficiency
by 1.5% per year from now until 2020.

Goal 2

Stabilise net aviation emissions at 2020 levels with carbon neutral growth.

Goal 3

By 2050, net aviation carbon emissions will be half what they were in 2005.

Practical Solutions For A Sustainable Aviation Industry

The RSB’s pioneering approach drives continuous improvement and adaptation to new market challenges and opportunities. With credible solutions, innovative and advanced approaches to the latest sustainability challenges and a proven track record in supporting the industry, we are delivering clear benefits and value to partners across the aviation supply chain.

Advanced Fuels

The development of our Standard for Advanced Fuels ensures that producers of non-traditional alternative aviation fuels – such as those produced from fossil fuel waste – are able to achieve RSB’s rigorous sustainability certification.

This approach is supporting the aviation industry to overcome many of the challenges associated with 1st generation biofuels – such as ILUC and GHG emissions, biodiversity and food security – and supports innovative solutions For the next generations of sustainable alternative aviation fuels.


RSB’s progressive ILUC module is the first to address the challenges associated with indirect land use change in biomass production and is available ahead of new regulations coming into force in the EU and beyond.


RSB’s Greenhouse Gas calculator is a market-leading tool based on fewer default values and more real activity testing to deliver extremely reliable outcomes when compared with other calculators.


RSB’s approach to waste and residues in its Standard for Advanced Fuels ensures robust traceability for waste, residues and end-of-life materials, as well as real sustainability in processing units with a particular focus on the specific risks in play at these facilities – such as management of water and effluents.


With our focus on food security in our Principles and Criteria and the practical development of tools like our low ILUC module, as well as a stringent requirement for stakeholder consultation to ensure that issues that might impact local food production, such as water access, are identified, RSB’s approach to food security is extremely robust.


RSB is well aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and our partners in the aviation industry can be assured that RSB-certified alternative aviation fuels are contributing to the realisation of many of the SDGs.



By 2030, the RSB will have supported the emergence of a new world bioeconomy founded on social, economic and environmental considerations that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals – reducing climate impacts, enhancing food security and rural development, and protecting ecosystems.

With credible solutions, global expertise, partners across the spectrum from government to industry and NGOs, and an extremely robust approach to sustainability, RSB is the partner of choice for the aviation industry as it seeks to fulfil its global commitments to greenhouse gas reduction while also ensuring social development and environmental protection.

RSB is a member-led organisation which represents a worldwide movement of businesses, NGOs, academics, government and UN organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to the development of the sustainable bioeconomy by working together to create our most trusted Standard.

The RSB Standard is the strongest and most trusted of its kind, recognised as such by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

What Others Say

  • “From inception AltAir has pledged to its customers a pursuit of the highest standards of sustainability. By achieving RSB certification, we now have third-party verification of field to wing or tank GHG reduction of at least 60%. These measurable results ensure that AltAir customers and their stakeholders are meeting their respective sustainability targets.”

    Bryan Sherbacow
    President & Co-Founder, AltAir
  • “The RSB’s Global Sustainability Standard and Certification System for biofuel production is an important step in establishing accountability when developing novel technologies for our energy future.”

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