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GranBio achieves RSB certification for cellulosic ethanol

Bioflex Agroindustrial, part of the Brazilian biotechnology company and cellulosic ethanol pioneer GranBio Investimentos (GranBio), has achieved an internationally recognized certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a global standard for biofuels and other bio-based and circular fuels and materials.

Commissioned in 2014, GranBio’s BioFlex 1 is located in the municipality of São Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, close to the Port of Maceió. Using sugarcane bagasse it has the capacity to produce 60 million liters of cellulosic ethanol per annum making it the largest second-generation facility in the Southern Hemisphere (photo courtesy GranBio).

According to RSB, the Bioflex Agroindustrial certificate demonstrates compliance with both RSB’s robust sustainability requirements and the regulatory requirements of the EU sustainability criteria and traceability requirements for biofuels and bioliquids under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

The certificate demonstrates that the second-generation (2G) ethanol biofuel produced by the company has an extremely low carbon footprint, reaching an emission note of only 8.2g CO2eq/MJ, which represents an emission 91 percent lower than its fossil equivalent (gasoline).

With that, the company is ready to export its cellulosic ethanol to European countries.

GranBio advances in its mission to contribute to the global energy transition to a low carbon economy, explained Bernardo Gradin, CEO of GranBio.

Currently, the company has a plant dedicated to second-generation ethanol, installed in São Miguel dos Campos, in Alagoas, with a production capacity of 30 million liters of biofuel per year.

Achieving RSB certification is a major achievement for GranBio — going beyond the ‘basics’ of regulatory compliance to demonstrate the highest levels of social and environmental sustainability with RSB proves that they are real leaders in driving the global energy transition. As a pioneer in Brazil and Latin America, we expect the leadership of GranBio to encourage further uptake of RSB certification – driving better social and environmental practices, promoting the use of residues, and preventing deforestation, food insecurity, and other negative impacts. I am very pleased to congratulate GranBio on their certification, remarked Rolf Hogan, RSB’s Executive Director.

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