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Soleá joins RSB to promote sustainable cultivation of Macaúba

Soleá, a Brazilian startup that aims to address global challenges of food, energy, and sustainability through the cultivation of the Macaúba palm has joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The fruit of the Macaúba palm is composed of a shell, pulp, endocarp, and almond – which can be converted into a range of food products, fuels and hydrocarbons, and other biomaterials including chemicals and additives.

Soleá, a Brazilian startup that aims to address global challenges of food, energy, and sustainability through the cultivation of the Macaúba palm has joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The fruit of the Macaúba palm is composed of a shell, pulp, endocarp, and almond – which can be converted into a range of food products, fuels and hydrocarbons, and other biomaterials including chemicals and additives (image courtesy RSB).

Producing a high-value product from a highly productive feedstock on degraded land offers a range of potential sustainability benefits and this new partnership between RSB and Soleá will see the development of recommendations and guidelines to advance the cultivation of Macaúba in line with the rigorous sustainability requirements of the RSB Standard.

Developing sustainable Macaúba cultivation

RSB will work closely with Soleá to unlock their data and knowledge to create a comprehensive handbook for the industry in Brazil.

Macaúba has huge potential in Brazil – and elsewhere – given its high productivity and ability to thrive on degraded land, meaning it can be produced without contributing to deforestation. Of course, ensuring that all potential sustainability risks are addressed requires a credible standard and we’re extremely pleased to be able to work closely with new RSB member, Soleá, to develop a handbook for cultivation – which we believe will encourage the uptake of Macaúba, its sustainable cultivation and global confidence in its environmental and social benefits when certified, said Rolf Hogan, Executive Director, RSB.

Promoting the sustainable cultivation of Macaúba in Brazil towards commercial viability is a key goal of the Brazilian arm of RSB’s Fuelling the Sustainable Bioeconomy project, powered by Boeing’s Global Engagement Portfolio.

Welcoming Soleá offers an example of the kind of dynamic partnership available to members who can work with RSB to develop new solutions and approaches for sustainability and global and regional level, as well as work to continue developing RSB’s best-in-class sustainability standard and unlock access to a global community of bioeconomy leaders – from producers to brands and NGOs to civil society organisations.

We are committed to developing a truly sustainable solution for the food, materials and energy that our world needs. Working to ensure that Macaúba is at the forefront of a transition to real sustainability means partnering with organisations like RSB is absolutely vital to understand and manage risks – and unlock opportunity. We look forward to leading the drive to develop Macaúba as a truly sustainable crop for the bioeconomy, said Felipe Morbi, CEO of Soleá.

As an RSB member, Soleá will play an active role in driving the development of our best-in-class sustainability standard to fulfill the needs of the growing and evolving bio-based and circular economy.

According to RSB, the input of expert members – from across its broad membership body – provides vital “practicality and credibility” which makes RSB the standard of choice for committed sustainability leaders.

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