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RSB and QRFA sign MOU to support Queensland biofuels certification

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partnership agreement to support the certification of biofuels and endorsement of future low-carbon fuel projects domestically in Queensland, Australia. With innovative and exciting projects to be announced in the coming year, this new collaboration "promises" to help kickstart a new era of biofuel production in Australia – and beyond.

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Rolf Hogan, Executive Director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), and Larissa Rose, Managing Director at Queensland’s Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA), launch the partnership at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology (photo courtesy RSB).

Signed July 18 during the BIO World Congress on Industrial Technology taking place in Philadelphia, United States (US), the collaboration will assist with bringing together the biofuel value-chain process to align with certification.

According to a joint statement, this unique partnership is a “significant demonstration of the opportunities for Australian domestic production of biofuels in becoming certified against the world’s most trusted sustainability standard.”

As the world’s second-largest sugarcane producer, the country is particularly well-placed to be a leader in sustainably certified fuels.

Through the new partnership, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) will work to boost the “profile and importance” of certification of biofuels in the region in order to support the objectives of developing low-carbon fuel opportunities and projects that assist with decarbonizing transport across Queensland, Australia, and the globe.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials provides the most-trusted and peer-reviewed sustainability standard for biomaterials and will be supporting the QRFA in its mission to develop a local bioeconomy anchored in true sustainability – covering a comprehensive range of environmental, social, and legal risks.

Globally we are seeing the impact of regional initiatives, like the Queensland Renewables Fuels Association, on the development of the bioeconomy – by supporting feedstock producers, developing markets and pushing for the ignition of local supply chains – and RSB is incredibly proud to be able to offer our expertise in sustainability, meaningful certification and market development to this project and its bold vision of a cleaner, greener and healthier sector, said Rolf Hogan, Executive Director, RSB.

This collaboration opens the door for RSB to work alongside a wider set of stakeholders in Queensland, further supporting QRFA’s aim of aligning with global stakeholders to build and support the domestic supply chain.

Developing global partnerships are important to support connectivity between current and emerging stakeholders within our domestic supply chain as well as being a critical component to interlinking us with an expanding international industry. The MoU is an important showcase on how our industry requires the assemblage of both existing and new stakeholders to work together in new ways to further develop and build a robust renewable fuels sector, said Larissa Rose, Managing Director at Queensland’s Renewable Fuels Association, whose organisation is working to enhance and grow the renewable fuels industry in Queensland.

QRFA have been actively engaging with leading countries, states, governments, and technology specialists around the world to ensure their domestic industry is interconnected with global leaders and organizations.

By supporting the certification of biofuel producers in Queensland, the partnership between QRFA and RSB promises to support the region’s sustainable transition to a zero-carbon economy.

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