becomes the first jet biofuel supplier to achieve RSB certification
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
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.
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
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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