The shipping sector is responsible for transporting the goods we use daily, all over the world. From raw materials to finished products – including clothing, furniture, automobiles, appliances and so much more – every single day ports around the world see large vessels arrive and depart laden with containers of our everyday essentials, luxury items and much more. Global supply chains are completely reliant on the bulk container ships that ply the world’s oceans.
The shipping industry has ambitious targets to reduce its climate impact. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) aims to reduce GHG emissions from the sector by 50% via the use of new technology, expanding on existing efficiencies and employing alternative fuels.
A number of stakeholders are more ambitious than the IMO:
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 shipping sector, we can deliver clear benefits and value to partners across the supply chain.
Fuel Certification with RSB ensures environmental and social benefits, 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.
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.
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 shipping 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.
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.