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December 2013 – RSB South-East Asian Smallholder Workshop A Success
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has launched an initiative with the help of The Boeing Company to support small farmers in Southeast Asia by expanding their opportunities to grow feedstocks that produce sustainable fuels. More than 60 participants from 15 countries attended a three-day South-East Asian workshop on “Sustainable Biomaterials for Better Livelihoods” that participants said successfully met local and global objectives. The workshop, held in Kuala Lumpur on December 4-6, was hosted by the RSB with the support of Boeing. The RSB and other partners launched this program to understand and address the challenges for smallholder farmers in accessing markets for sustainable biofuels and biomaterials. Click here for more details.
January/February 2014 – Upcoming Auditor Trainings
3 December 2013 - New public comment period: Quad County Corn Processors (www.Quad-county.com)
Comment period closes 17 December 2013
Quad County Corn Processors Cooperative is applying for RSB EU RED certification of their processing and production facility.
Location/Region: Galva, IA, USA
Feedstock/Biofuel: Corn starch to ethanol (with co-products of dry and wet distillers grains, corn oil)
Please send all public comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2013 – RSB Ranks First Among EU-Recognized Schemes in WWF and IUCN Studies
A new study by WWF international recognizes the RSB as the “best performing scheme” out of the 13 EU-recognized voluntary certification schemes that it analyzed. A similar report by IUCN Netherlands “Betting on best quality” looking at the implementation of EU schemes concluded that RSB “covers more sustainability criteria, with greater detail, and with more breath in terms of level of assurance” than any of the other Voluntary sustainability schemes. Both reports were launched today at the WWF Workshop on EC approved biofuels schemes: “Do they offer enough safeguards in practice?” attended by governments, NGOs and the EC in Brussels.
December 2013 – PGF Biofuels Ltd. is Awarded Canada’s First RSB Certification for Resonance® Carinata
PGF Biofuels Ltd. in conjunction with Paterson Grain, and the RSB Services Foundation are pleased to announce that PGF Biofuels has received RSB certification for Resonance® carinata. PGF Biofuels is the first Canadian organization to obtain this distinguished certification. Carinata is an oilseed crop well adapted to production in semi-arid regions with an oil profile ideally suited for use in the renewable aviation and biodiesel fuel industries. Mr. Andrew B. Paterson, Chief Executive Officer of PGF Biofuels states “RSB certification will now allow us to access a number of global markets for carinata oil, which can be converted into renewable aviation fuel or biodiesel. As the airline industry works towards reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by the year 2020, it is using the RSB certification as its standard to ensure that procured renewable aviation fuel is produced in an environmentally sustainable manner. PGF Biofuels is continuing to advance development of this industrial oilseed crop, which has strong genetic properties, and is looking forward to scaling up production throughout western Canada and the northern United States.”
Recent Applications for RSB Certification
25 November 2013 - New public comment period: Preem AB (http://www.preem.se)
Comment period closes 9 December 2013
Preem AB is applying for RSB EU RED certification of their hydrotreating/desulphurization process at Gothenburg Refinery, Sweden, including adjacent storage facilities. Certified vegetable oils and fats are processed to HVO-diesel.
Location/Region: Gothenburg, Sweden
Feedstock/Biofuel: PVO to HVO-Diesel
Please send all public comments to email@example.com
November 2013 – Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Company Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Certification
Congratulations to Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Company, LanzaTech’s joint venture with Shougang Jingtang Iron and Steel United Company and the Tang Ming Group, which has earned the first-ever RSB certification for waste-gas to biofuel process. The certification applies to the joint venture’s facility that converts waste steel mill gases to sustainable biofuels. The facility, which utilizes LanzaTech technology, is the first RSB-certified biofuel plant in China, and the first of its kind anywhere to receive this key certification for industrial carbon capture and utilization. Virgin Atlantic President Sir Richard Branson previously described the LanzaTech process as “one of the most exciting developments of our lifetime and a major breakthrough in the war on carbon.” Reflecting on this latest development, he says, “RSB’s certification of the Beijing facility is a crucial step to ensure this revolutionary new fuel will meet the highest possible environmental standards and will result in a radical reduction in our carbon footprint.”
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November 2013 – Upcoming Auditor Trainings
December 2013 – RSB South-East Asian Smallholder Workshop
Join us for the RSB South-East Asian Workshop on Smallholders and Certification hosted in Kuala Lumpur on 4-6 December 2013. Download the Workshop Flyer for More Information
November 2013 – Can Biofuels Help Your City Achieve Its Carbon Reduction Goals?
Learn how you can lower your city’s carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by participating in this free, one-hour webinar, organized by the RSB Services. City sustainability managers and city leaders interested in reducing their city’s carbon footprint and who work on city sustainability initiatives will learn:
1) How biofuels can fit into a carbon reduction plan for your city.
2) How to implement such a program to help achieve those carbon reduction goals.
3) How to differentiate between the various kinds of biofuels and how to verify that you are getting truly “sustainable” biofuel.
4) What technologies are available that your city can use now to achieve your carbon reduction goals.
5) How solid waste fits in with a biofuel program, how to utilize city landfills for biofuel and energy, and how some other cities in the country are already doing this.
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Time:11am Pacific/2pm Eastern