The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels has changed its scope to include biomass used in all bio-based products and as a consequence has changed its name to the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.
The decision to change the scope and name of the company was taken due to the growing demand for certification of biomaterials.
The biomaterials market is growing rapidly and includes a wide range of products, including bioplastics, cosmetics, food additives, bio-based chemicals, as well as biofuels.
Announcing the decision, Rolf Hogan, Executive Secretary of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), said: “We hope everyone is as excited about this evolution as we are, and that our members and partners will continue to support us as we cover new ground.”
“Our goal remains to provide and promote the global standard for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable production and conversion of biomaterial,” he added.
Expanding the scope of RSB to cover all biomaterials, enables the RSB to promote sustainable production in a whole new range of products and markets, said the company. This is particularly important to producers who sell their biomass into both biofuel and other biomaterial markets.
“This is a great opportunity for any feedstock operator or producer, especially those who produce and sell a variety of products to several industries,” said Peter Ryus, CEO of RSB Services Foundation.
“This means that if an operator earns RSB certification, all their product lines are certified, not just the biofuel portion,” he added.
The RSB is an international initiative that brings together more than 100 farmers, companies, non-governmental organisations, experts, governments, and inter-governmental agencies (including NNFCC) concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomaterials production and processing.
Source: NNFCC, press release, 2013-04-16.