NCS International ("NCSI") has certified the world's first organization against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels ("RSB").
Shoalhaven Starches Pty Ltd, part of the Manildra Group of Companies, successfully achieved certification through NCSI for its production facility at Bomaderry, NSW, Australia, which produces ethanol from waste starch from wheat processing.
The news comes following the back down by the NSW Government to replace unleaded regular fuel with an ethanol blend across the state, which stands to benefit the major petrol producers BP (NYSE:BP), Caltex (ASX:CTX) and Shell (LON:RDSB).
The RSB Principles & Criteria for Sustainable Biofuel Production version 2 (RSB-STD-01-001) provides guidelines on best practices in the production and processing of biofuel feedstock and raw material, and for the production, use and transport of liquid biofuels.
According to the CEO of NCSI, Greg Jewson: "This is a significant achievement by Shoalhaven Starches to become the first company in the world to gain certification against the RSB requirements."
"Our audit showed the management and staff demonstrated a strong commitment to the intent and implementation of the requirements of the RSB Systems and Standards."
NCSI hope this is the first of a number of RSB certifications as other leading processors and blenders seek to provide their customers and community stakeholders with the same level of assurance around sustainability benefits the RSB Systems and Standards require.
According to the Chairman of the Manildra Group of Companies, Dick Honan: "We are delighted with becoming the first company to achieve certification against the Principles and Criteria of the RSB."
"We remain committed to ensuring we continuously improve our performance under the RSB Principles and Criteria," said, Mr Honan.
Representing the Biofuels industry, the CEO of the Biofuels Association of Australia, Heather Brodie remarked: "This is a terrific outcome for the biofuel industry in Australia. It is very exciting that an Australian company is the first in the world to achieve this benchmark and it will provide impetus for other companies to do the same."
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About NCS International:
NCS International ("NCSI") is one of Australia's leading independent auditing and verification certification bodies and one of the largest providers of management systems auditing to the Australian food, manufacturing, services, utilities and resources sectors for the past 20 years. NCSI was the first certification organisation in Australia to deliver independent third party certification against ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, and now RSB & have significant experience in the International Standard for preparing corporate greenhouse gas emission inventories, ISO 14064.
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