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AltAir Fuels biojet refinery world's first to achieve RSB certification

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has announced the certification of US-based biofuel refiner AltAir Fuels to produce biojet fuel, renewable diesel and naphtha, a gasoline component. This industry first sees AltAir join the ranks of RSB certified operators who have applied the RSB Global Standard to guide the development of sustainable sources of biofuel.

AltAir Fuels is the world’s first biojet refinery to achieve RSB certification (photo courtesy AltAir Fuels).

RSB certification is a preference for many airlines globally, most notably of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) – a group of 27 airlines representing one-third of global aviation fuel use and that have made a pledge to reach RSB or equivalent certification.

AltAir Fuels is a vital part of the supply chain in the commercial production of sustainable biojet fuel. The technology it uses refines waste feedstocks to produce biojet, green diesel and biogasoline fuels resulting in products that meet the same industry certification as the petroleum-based products they replace while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by greater than 60 percent.

From inception, AltAir has pledged to its customers a pursuit of the highest standards of sustainability. By achieving RSB certification, we now have third-party verification of field to wing or tank GHG reduction of at least 60 percent. These measurable results ensure that AltAir customers and their stakeholders are meeting their respective sustainability targets, said Bryan Sherbacow, AltAir Co-Founder and President.

Located in Paramount, California, AltAir’s initial facility is the world’s first renewable fuels refinery with integrated jet fuel production capability. Since January 2016, it has been the only refiner to continually produce biojet for commercial use.

As a user of AltAir Fuels, we celebrate the RSB certification of the Paramount facility. United Airlines is committed to the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuels and we applaud this achievement, said Angela Foster-Rice, United’s managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability.

The company has been a member of the RSB since 2014 and is part of the RSB network that consists of a worldwide movement of businesses, NGO’s, academics, government and UN organisations that demonstrate their commitment to best practice for sustainable biomaterial, biofuels and biomass production.

The RSB unites these global stakeholders and is one of the most trusted, peer-reviewed member body active in the bioeconomy that promotes bioproducts that enhance rural development, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promote food security.

The RSB applauds AltAir in its commitment to sustainability by applying the world’s most trusted, peer-reviewed standard and gaining RSB certification. As the leading producer of commercial biojet fuel, AltAir has demonstrated that the aviation sector can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while meeting the highest standards of sustainability and transparency, commented Rolf Hogan, Executive Director, RSB.

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