Biofuels are the future transport fuels, and having internationally agreed sustainability certification is yet another sign of a maturing industry
Perth, Western Australia/Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) February 15, 2012
Algae.Tec Limited (ASX:AEB, FWB:GZA:GR, ALGXY:US) an advanced algae to biofuels company with a high-yield enclosed algae growth and harvesting system today congratulates its strategic partner the Manildra Group on being awarded the world’s first commercial certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB).
The RSB has developed a Global Sustainability Standard and Certification System for biofuel production. The RSB Certification System is approved by the European Commission, as proof of compliance with the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC).
The RSB Global Sustainability Standard represents a global consensus of over 120 organizations including farmers, fuel refiners, regulators and NGOs, and is intended to ensure the sustainability of biofuels production practices while streamlining compliance for industry.
The RSB has announced that Manildra Group of Australia has been awarded the first completed commercial certification.
Algae.Tec is currently deploying an algae to biofuels production facility at the Manildra Group complex in Shoalhaven south of Sydney, Australia.
Algae.Tec Executive Chairman Roger Stroud congratulates the Manildra Group saying: “Biofuels are the future transport fuels, and having internationally agreed sustainability certification is yet another sign of a maturing industry,” said Stroud.
The RSB announcement stated:
The Manildra Group, through its subsidiary Shoalhaven Starches Pty Ltd, is producing bioethanol from starchy wastewater generated by their wheat-processing facility. The completion of RSB certification by Manildra offers tangible evidence that sustainable biofuels may be efficiently and economically produced at a large scale while adhering to ambitious social and environmental standards. The summary report of the audit is available here: http://www.ncsi.com.au/Roundtable-on-Sustainable-Biofuels-RSB.html
“This is the day we have been waiting for since the launch of the RSB, and we applaud Manildra for their leadership”, says Barbara Bramble, Chair of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels and Senior Advisor at the National Wildlife Federation. “This achievement justifies the hard work and the commitment of the stakeholders worldwide who supported the RSB and contributed to the development and implementation of the RSB Global Sustainability Standard.”
The RSB Certification System allows 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.
About the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB)
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched and hosted by the Energy Center of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. More information about the EPFL Energy Center is available at http://energycenter.epfl.ch.
The full list of RSB members is available at http://www.rsb.org .
The RSB certification system is implemented and managed by the RSB Services Foundation, a non-profit established in the US.
About Algae.Tec http://www.algaetec.com.au
Algae.Tec, founded in 2007, is a publicly listed advanced renewable oil from algae company that has developed a high-yield enclosed algae growth and harvesting system, the McConchie-Stroud System. The company has offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Perth, Western Australia.
The Algae.Tec enclosed modular engineered technology is designed to grow algae on an industrial scale and produce biofuels that replace predominantly imported fossil fuels.
The technology has demonstrated exceptional performance in productivity, product yield, carbon dioxide sequestration, and production unit footprint requirements versus agricultural crops and other competitive algae processes in the industry.