The RSB supports the development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) for the aviation industry that promote social and environmental sustainability and safeguard food security. We do this by partnering with aviation initiatives worldwide, engaging airlines through membership, and helping supply chain companies achieve RSB certification for their alternative fuels.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels
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Sustainable Aviation Fuel accounted for 17% of RSB certified products in 2019.
Nearly a third of RSB members represent the aviation sector, including airlines, SAF producers, and aviation industry and research associations.
RSB drives the sustainability agenda at global level through ICAO, and the RSB CORSIA Standard has been recognised by ICAO for CORSIA certification from December 2020.
Many SAF initiatives worldwide, including the 28 airlines member of the Sustainable Air Fuel User Group (SAFUG), have committed to RSB-certified fuel.
RSB certified SAF 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.
A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR THE INDUSTRY
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 industry leaders to achieve these goals – and to ensure that these developments have sustainability at their heart.
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Improve fleet fuel efficiency by 1.5% per year from now until 2020.
Stabilise net aviation emissions at 2020 levels with carbon neutral growth.
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.
RSB STANDARD FOR ICAO CORSIA
RSB’s ICAO CORSIA Standard specifies requirements for operators along the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain to produce SAF that complies with RSB’s sustainability requirements and is eligible under CORSIA.
The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA, is an emission mitigation approach for the global airline industry, developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). CORSIA has been adopted as complementary to a broader package of measures to help ICAO achieve its goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards.
RSB’s progressive ILUC module is the first to address the challenges associated with indirect land use change in biomass production and enables SAF to carry an additional low ILUC claim with its RSB certification upon compliance with at least one of three sets of indicators: Waste & Residues, Unused Land, and Yield Increase. The module is available ahead of new regulations coming into force in the EU, and is part of the RSB CORSIA certification scheme.
RSB’s Greenhouse Gas calculator is a market-leading tool based on emission factors and actual activity measurement The calculator integrates both the RSB Global and EU RED (soon EU RED II) methodologies, as well as CORSIA. The calculator enables operators to conduct their individual calculation of actual GHG LCA values to show a better performance than available default values. By offering the RSB GHG calculator, RSB supports the industry to decrease their carbon emission impact.
RSB’s approach to food security is extremely robust thanks to a dedicated focus on food security in our Principles and Criteria and a risk management and stakeholder consultation approach that ensures that issues which might impact local food production, such as water access, are identified and managed right from the start.
RSB is well aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and our partners in the aviation industry can be assured that RSB certified SAF is contributing to the realisation of many of the SDGs.
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RSB's Aviation Team
Programme Director // Sector Lead: Aviation
Arianna is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is RSB’s Programme Director, as well as leading our work in the aviation sector. She coordinates RSB’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) projects and partnerships, and engages stakeholders globally to support the […]Read More
Policy & Innovations Manager - Latin America // Sector Lead: Ground Transport
Carolina is RSB’s Policy & Innovations Manager. A biologist with a Ph.D. in genetics and an MBA in Business Management, Carolina has dedicated her professional career to helping to achieve a balance between environmental protection and economic growth by establishing […]Read More
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).
The International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation's (ICSA) vision for a “zero climate impact” international aviation pathway towards 2050 endorses RSB as the “best-in-class sustainability certification standard for advanced aviation fuels”
RSB partners with the Sustainable Aviation Futures Congress
RSB is a supporting partner of the Sustainable Aviation Futures Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 20 – 22 June 2022. The event is a high-level congress and networking forum promoting the development and adoption of practical solutions to decarbonise the […]Read More
WWF-SA launches report on potential of SAF production in South Africa
RSB member and long-term partner WWF South Africa has published an excellent report on the potential for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production in South Africa, across 7 feedstock/technology combinations. The report, entitled ‘Fuel for the future: A blueprint for the […]Read More
Braskem joins RSB with eye on sustainable solutions market for aviation industry
Braskem has become a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a global non-profit sustainability organisation that has developed a trusted sustainability framework to guide the development of renewable and circular fuels and materials. This approach has been developed […]Read More
GE Aviation Joins RSB to Help Advance Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the Aviation Industry
GE Aviation, a world-leading provider of aircraft engines, systems and services, has recently joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to further advance its ambition to be a net-zero company by 2050, and help the aviation industry decarbonise. RSB is […]Read More
Launch of Ethiopia’s SAF Roadmap in Addis Ababa
Last week (February 24th) in Addis Ababa, RSB hosted stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society to launch the roadmap for developing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in Ethiopia. Dr. Yitebitu Moges, Ethiopia’s REDD+ Programme Coordinator, delivered a keynote address […]Read More
RSB launches first SAF book & claim pilot with Air bp to enable certified SAF claims from Microsoft and United Airlines
RSB’s book & claim pilot with Air bp intends to unlock increased supply for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) users and their customers, including United Airlines and Microsoft. Microsoft is joining the pilot to purchase SAF sustainability credits via RSB’s book […]Read More
Air bp: Making SAF more accessible for all
Accessing the benefits of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) might be easier than you think. Air bp’s book and claim solution, certified by the RSB, provides customers with wider market access to SAF across a number of locations. The coronavirus pandemic […]Read More
Watch Now: RSB Webinar on New Sustainable Solutions for the Aviation Industry
This RSB webinar is aimed at equipping the aviation supply chain with the most cutting-edge solutions to ensure credible sustainability for the industry – that contributes to the sector’s decarbonisation goals and that your customer can trust. Learn about RSB’s […]Read More
RSB Webinar: New Sustainable Solutions for Aviation
RSB invites you to a webinar on August 4th aimed at equipping the aviation supply chain with the most cutting-edge solutions to ensure credible sustainability for the industry – that contributes to the sector’s decarbonisation goals and that your customer […]Read More