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RSB works to support fuel producers across Australia

RSB – the most trusted partner in fuelling a low carbon bio-based economy – works with Life Sciences Queensland and other partners to open doors for fuel producers in Australia to the many benefits of building truly environmentally and socially sustainable operations.

As the world comes together to find solutions to the challenges of resource depletion, economic uncertainty, and climate change, the global bio-based and circular economy is growing.

Innovative and hard-working feedstock producers, traders and transporters, biomaterial producers and end-users are coming together to lead a shift from an economy based on finite fossil resources, to one grounded in the use of renewable inputs.

Ensuring that this transition is truly sustainable – supporting long-term economic growth that is coupled with real social and environmental progress – is at the heart of what RSB does. The RSB, and its member community, have developed a sustainability standard that is helping partners in the global bioeconomy to grow and thrive while ensuring that environmental and social concerns are taken care of.

That’s why RSB’s Standard requires real, measurable Greenhouse Gas emission reductions, alongside a commitment to social, environmental and economic sustainability. To lead a low carbon economy, we require that certified projects can demonstrate 50% (or 60% for new installations) GHG emissions reductions compared to the fossil equivalent.

To assist operators we’ve developed a Greenhouse Gas Calculator: a market-leading tool based that focuses on real activity testing to deliver extremely reliable outcomes when compared with other calculators. It is highly adaptable to new scenarios, pathways and feedstocks, and assists producers to ensure real, credible GHG savings.

How fuel producers can work with RSB to build a sustainable and renewable economy in Australia:

  • certification
  • sustainability solutions
  • community building
  • innovation and collaboration
  • partnerships

Global Demand: Aviation Industry

The aviation industry’s use of alternative fuels is advancing at an incredible pace. Driven by international and local legislation and growing passenger demand the aviation industry is rapidly transitioning towards low carbon sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

Much of the aviation industry recognises that RSB is the way to go to demonstrate real sustainability, including provable GHG reductions.

RSB & AVIATION AROUND THE WORLD

We can expect many industries – from shipping to ground transport and beyond – to follow suit as the world comes together to tackle climate change.

CORSIA

The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is the only international market mechanism to offset and reduce carbon emissions in aviation and achieve carbon neutral growth from 2021. It is managed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), whose carbon reduction strategy has four components — one of which is scaling up the use of SAF.

CORSIA’s reporting mechanisms require airlines who use SAF to ensure sustainability certification from feedstock producer to final product. RSB has worked on the ICAO’s Alternative Fuels Task Force to develop these requirements and is well-placed to support their implementation.

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 the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

RSB’s best-in-class certification system will work to support the implementation of CORSIA for the aviation industry as a recognised Sustainability Certification System.
The RSB approach — grounded in our most trusted and credible sustainability standard — enables committed airlines to go above and beyond the CORSIA requirements in ensuring that the development of SAF and the planet, and achieves a minimum of 50% GHG reduction on a lifecycle basis.

Benefits of RSB Certification

For fuel producers in Australia, achieving RSB certification and proving that they are contributing to the development of low carbon alternatives will unlock emerging markets and opportunities to thrive in the bioeconomy.

Designed by stakeholders across industry, government and civil society to ensure its practicality, as well as its credibility, an RSB certification is acknowledged around the world as the best-in-class for showcasing true sustainability.

Key benefits for Australian producers:

  • RSB has worked with the Queensland government to produce indicators that benchmark and align local policy against the RSB Standard, identifying crossover and gaps, to reduce the time and efforts involved in attaining certification.
  • In New South Wales, the Biofuels Regulation (no 2) 2016 requires biofuels to be certified against the RSB Principles & Criteria or ISO 13065.
  • RSB’s risk-based approach means that you only have to prove compliance with the sustainability indicators that apply to you and your operations – for instance, in Australia many of the social indicators are already taken care of by national law.
  • Unlock new and emerging markets for your fuels globally as end-users seek the lowest-risk and most sustainable producers
  • Tie your operation to real climate impact and protection of Australia’s natural heritage

Read more – Decarbonising aviation: The sustainable way forward