25 November 2014

RSB partners with Elements Traceability Software to help keep track of biofuel feedstock sustainability data

Set of online tools ease the management of sustainability data as product travels through the supply chain

Geneva, 19 November 2014 – The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a globally recognised sustainability certification standard for biomaterials, and Elements Software Ltd, a leading web based traceability software provider, are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks.

Biofuel producers are faced with the growing challenge of managing increasingly large volumes of sustainability data associated to biofuel consignments, including multiple feedstocks originating from multiple locations around the world. In acknowledgement of this, RSB has partnered with Elements Software to recommend a set of online tools to its members that ease the management of sustainability data as product travels through the supply chain.

Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help RSB Participating Operators (POs) comply with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Sustainability data is collected and stored online as the biofuel travels through each stage of the supply chain. Online Mass Balance calculations are set up for each feedstock and location improving the management of sustainability data, making compliance with the RSB standard easier and less costly than managing bespoke spreadsheets. Once a consignment is sold, the seller publishes a Digital PassportTM providing the buyer a detailed chain of custody report back to the feed stock point of origin. The Digital PassportTM includes all Proof of Sustainability records associated to the consignment ensuring full compliance under RED. The ability to access the sustainability data online reduces auditing costs significantly and greatly speeds up the time for claims to be approved by member states.

Rolf Hogan, RSB’s Executive Director said “Elements can provide our members with the necessary functionality to deliver operational efficiencies and reduce the costs of compliance which is what biofuel producers are looking for today. Partnering with a specialist in developing traceability software is a sensible strategy allowing all parties to concentrate on their own core competencies.”

Karim Peer, Elements Software CEO said “We look forward to working with RSB POs and helping them to reduce costs and manage their sustainability data more efficiently”.


About RSB

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is a global movement to ensure the sustainability of biomaterials production through a comprehensive certification system. The RSB brings together a diverse coalition of over 100 organizations around the world including large and small farmers, companies, NGOs, experts, governments, and UN agencies. RSB certification provides user-friendly tools for industry to demonstrate compliance and validates sustainable production including greenhouse gas emission reductions, respect for human rights, protection of biodiversity and water and maintenance of food security. RSB is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance and is rated the best performing sustainability certification system in recent reports published by WWF, IUCN, and NRDC.

About Elements

Elements Software Ltd is a UK based software development company specializing in traceability. Their unique Elements software platform positions them as the leading provider of fully auditable traceability and chain of custody control for extended supply chains in the Biofuels, Mining and Agricultural Commodity and Timber sectors. Elements publishes a Digital PassportTM providing the necessary chain of custody data to support existing due diligence systems and help to meet import legislations in the sectors they operate in.

Source: Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, press release, 2014-11-19.


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