Standards for sustainable biofuel production published

A major consultative body in the development of biofuels had published a guide to sustainable production.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has published Version Zero, which details include principles and guidance on sustainable production.

The publication is a result of feedback supplied over a one year period from working groups, expert teleconferences and stakeholder meetings in several countries.

Claude Martin, the current chair of RSB, said: "With all the mixed messages we hear about biofuels, there is a clear need for a standard that can differentiate the good from the bad.

"For an issue of such seminal importance, it was necessary to bring many different stakeholder groups together to agree on how to define and measure sustainable biofuels."

Version Zero suggests transparent consultation in order to ascertain environmental and social affects of production, as well as a system for biofuel producers to compare efforts in reducing greenhouse gasses.

The publication notes that biofuel production should result in the positive development of local communities and not put food security or biodiversity at risk.

The US industry received a major boost today with the formation of a Southwester Biofuels Association.

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