SkyNRG becomes the first jet biofuel supplier to achieve RSB certification
The alternative jet fuel supplier SkyNRG has become the first to offer airlines biofuels that have been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels. Dirk Kronemeijer, Managing Director of SkyNRG, said the company was now certified for all steps in the biofuel supply chain process, including separation, blending, and logistics.
The RSB certification system is intended to allow farmers, feedstock processors and biofuel producers to demonstrate that their operations comply with ambitious yet practical safeguards, including, but not limited to, the protection of natural or rare ecosystems, food security, and the respect of human rights to land, water and decent work conditions, and the management of water resources. The system is approved by the European Commission as proof of compliance with the Renewable Energy Directive.
Last week, Dynamic Fuels, a preferred supplier for SkyNRG and KLM, also received RSB certification encompassing its Louisiana plant, where it turns animal fats, greases and vegetable oils into renewable, drop-in fuels. The plant has supplied the used cooking oil that has made up the blended biofuel for many of the commercial flights so far undertaken since ASTM approval.
SkyNRG was launched following the KLM biofuel test flight November 2009. Founding partners are AIR FRANCE KLM Group, North Sea Group and Spring Associates. SkyNRG’s mission is to help create and accelerate development of a market for sustainable jet fuel, in particular through global sourcing and marketing of sustainable jet fuel.
Formerly affiliated to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, as from the beginning of this year RSB has been reconstituted as a separate not-for-profit organisation, which will be based in Geneva. Certification services are provided through the RSB Services Foundation. Boeing, through a grant from its Corporate Citizenship Fund, is amongst those providing financial backing for the new entity.
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