Ground Transport

Every single day, billions of journeys are made on roads around the world. Carrying people, food, essential products, freight and more, vehicles of all sizes transverse millions of kilometers to keep the global economy turning. The search for energy security tied to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has become a global priority in recent decades – and ground transport via road, which currently contributes over 70% of total transport emissions, is a major frontier in this search. Bio-based and advanced fuels for ground transport offer the potential to reduce many of the harmful social and environmental impacts associated with the sector, while reducing GHG emissions.

Fast Facts

Brazil and the United States are the biggest world producers of bio-based and advanced fuels for ground transport

Ground transport accounts for more than 70% of global transport CO2 emissions, which represents more than 5 gigatons of CO2eq per year.

Global combined ethanol and biodiesel production is expected to grow by almost 18% by 2025 from 144 billion litres in 2015

RSB-certified fuels produced in 2019 contributed to emissions saving of 582,202.86 metric tons of CO2eq

India, China and ASEAN countries are expanding the production capacity of biofuels, mainly ethanol, to meet the Sustainable Development Scenario by 2030


With its huge global footprint, the ground transport sector is looking to some key interventions to achieve its sustainability goals.

The sector is looking for solutions today.

Increased Circularity

Using waste as a feedstock to supply the energy for the transportation sector has the potential to increase circularity and dramatically decrease pressure on natural resources and reduce environmental impacts, particularly those associated with fossil resource extraction. 

Reduced GHG Emissions

The ground transport sector is dominated by fossil fuels producing huge volumes of greenhouse gas emissions. Using fuel alternatives – particularly from bio-based and recycled sources – the sector can radically decarbonise without major technological interventions required.

New Technologies

New technologies for the transportation sector hold great promise for long-term decarbonisation, efficiency and sustainability. Promising technologies include hydrogen and fuel-cells, advanced fermentation and hydro-treatment, steam gasification and other thermochemical processes.

Practical Solutions for the Ground Transport Sector

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 in supporting the ground transport sector, we can deliver clear benefits and value to partners across the supply chain.

RSB Sector Lead

Business Development Lead - Latin America

Sector Lead - Ground Transport

RSB Certification

RSB’s Global Fuel Certification ensures environmental and social benefits, including zero deforestation; a verified and robust GHG emission reduction; and traceability from the feedstock source to the final customer.

Certification against RSB EU RED includes compliance with the requirements of the European Renewable Energy Directive and operators can register with Nabisy.

RSB’s approach enables credible claims on fuel sustainability, unlocking markets and assisting operators to demonstrate compliance with regulations as well as their progress towards climate and other goals, including SDGs.

RSB enables the certification of fuels made from:

  • Primary biogenic sources
  • End-of-life products and production residues (biogenic)
  • Fossil-based wastes
  • Renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin
  • Co-processing biogenic with fossil fuels

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RSB’s approach to waste and residues in its Standard for Advanced Fuels ensures robust traceability for wastes and residues, 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.

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

This approach can support the ground transport 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 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. It can be used by operators getting certified to both RSB’s Global and EU RED Fuels solutions.


RSB’s approach to waste and residues in its Standard for Advanced Fuels ensures robust traceability for waste and residues, 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 risk 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 Advisory Services

RSB offers a range of tailored advisory services to unlock our expertise and promote sustainability in the ground transport sector.

These include:


Support to formulate fuel sourcing policies that consider sustainability risks and unintended consequences.


Develop sustainability risk assessments for different fuel pathways – covering feedstock production, GHG assessment, fuel processing.


Sustainable feedstock resource assessments uncover the potential feedstock production capacity at regional, national and international level based on sustainability criteria and regional, crop and temporal specific conditions


RSB can conduct GAP analyses and risk assessments at farm and industrial level to identify key sustainability risks and existing sustainability management practices.


RSB’s team of experts can help guide you through the process of preparing for your RSB certification.


RSB can help you assess your Chain of Custody approaches and methodologies to ensure credibility.


By creating solutions to ensure the sustainability of evolving bio-based and circular production, agricultural and energy systems, RSB is helping to drive a just transition to a net positive world.

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.

Through its most trusted certification scheme, RSB enables companies across the bio-based, advanced products, and circular economy to demonstrate real and credible sustainability.

RSB provides expert consultancy through its advisory services, which are grounded in the highest levels of social and environmental sustainability, and are designed to support our clients’ most crucial needs throughout their supply chains — as they seek to transition to a positive impact and circular economy.

By building partnerships across sectors, RSB is using the power of its sustainability standard through driving collective action to address the systems changes required to enable people and the planet to thrive.

RSB engages in targeted advocacy to support policy makers around the world in embedding meaningful and trusted sustainability – as outlined in the RSB Standard – into legislation, policy, and regulations.

What Others Say

  • “Sustainability is our reason for existence! From the beginning, the goal of the company was to find a way to make fuels that didn’t impact key resources such as land, food or water. We engaged with RSB early on because we thought it was very important to assess all aspects of sustainability and we saw RSB as the gold standard. Having been developed through a robust multi-stakeholder process, we felt that the RSB Standard had the breadth and depth to do that.”

    Laurel Harmon
    VP Government Affairs, LanzaTech
  • The Liquid Fuel Supply Regulation 2016 No 203 of Queensland, Australia has recognised the RSB Global Standard as an appropriate sustainability standard to meet the sustainability requirements of the regulation.

    Queensland Government
  • Shell’s biofuel purchasing policy includes RSB


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