How to make earth resource more sustainable?

Apply certification system. Yes, we have seen some certification process on various industries, including natural resource management. Certification offers positive impacts for the producers, more than brand image development.

Now, a certification initiative is proposed on biofuel production. It aims to make biofuel production more sustainable.

Who is behind the initiative of certification on biofuel production?

Currently, some biofuel producers have understand (maybe become the member) about certification in palm oil industry. The initiative is supported by producers group, consumers, as well as from Non-government organization (NGO).  They set the standards supporting the producers to practice greener and efficient palm oil production.

Last month, The Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), launched its global certification system during the World Biofuels Markets Congress in Rotterdam. RSB claims as the leading a multi-stakeholder initiative that supports the development of sustainable biofuels.

Oil palm plantation, a biofuel cropsAccording to RSB release, it is crucial for biofuels to be produced in a way that is consistent with sustainable land use choices and natural resource management, contributing to both positive economic and social development. RSB certification ensures that biofuel coming from emerging markets is not harming food production by taking up too much of the availableagricultural land.

The RSB process involves about 100 organizations from over 40 countries. RSB certification recognizes some issues related to greenhouse gas emission (GHG), social issues as well as the development of rural area.

A biofuel related-initiative also launched by Boeing with its partner from Swiss. The initiative is about a research seeking to help and simplify biofuel certification standards. The aviation industry needs sustainable biofuel development, Said Billy Glover — vice-president of environmental and aviation policy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  Some aviation companies have tested biofuel; Virgin Airlines with algae-based fuel, Air New Zealand with jatropha-based fuels.

A research conducted by Yale University’s School of Environmental Studies shows that significant potential for sustainable aviation fuel based on jatropha-curcas, an oil-producing, non-edible plant.  The Boeing-supported study reveals if cultivated properly, jatropha can deliver strong environmental and socioeconomic benefits in Latin America and greenhouse gas reductions of up to 60 percent when compared to petroleum-based jet fuel.

  • Glad to hear about new aspects of becomming a greener planet, for the welfare of humany, and the sooner, the better.