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.
GROUND TRANSPORT FAST FACTS
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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.
WHAT NEXT FOR THE GROUND TRANSPORT SECTOR?
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
- REDUCED GHG EMISSIONS
- NEW TECHNOLOGIES
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 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’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
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.
WASTE & RESIDUES
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.
LOW ILUC RISK
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.
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.
CHAIN OF CUSTODY
RSB can help you assess your Chain of Custody approaches and methodologies to ensure credibility.
RSB's Ground Transport Team
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
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
Aurea Nardelli, PhD
Certification Manager and Technical Advisor
Aurea has overall responsibility for RSB’s certification system – providing support and oversight to everyone involved in RSB certification, from assurance and certification bodies to auditors and operators. Alongside this important work she is using her 20 years of experience […]Read More
Simone P. Souza
LCA GHG Expert
Simone is RSB’s Life-Cycle Assessment GHG Expert and works on various RSB projects. She is an environmental engineer who holds a PhD in Energy Planning from University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in association with the Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBr). She has […]Read More
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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).