EcoEngineers integrates RIN QAP with BQ-9000 requirements
EcoEngineers is partnering with Degart Global, a provider of BQ-9000 consulting services to integrate its popular RIN Quality Assurance Program with BQ-9000 requirements.
“Today’s biofuel plants have to demonstrate compliance under multiple quality standards,” said Shashi Menon, managing partner of EcoEngineers. “All quality assurance programs have a set of common requirements in document control, record-keeping, internal audits, nonconformance, corrective actions and preventative plans. This common set of quality control procedures and documents should be integrated into one cohesive system rather than multiple systems. This is the value offering of combining them.”
“We are pleased to partner with EcoEngineers on this major quality initiative,” said Gary DeLong, vice president of Degart Global. “Their expertise complements ours very nicely, so while it makes sense to our organizations, the real value will be to producers, obligated parties and, ultimately, the end users of renewable fuels.”
EcoEngineers’ RIN Quality Assurance Program will be seamlessly be integrated into the current practices and procedures of an existing BQ-9000 facility. Plants in EcoEngineers’ RIN management platform that do not have BQ-9000 status can easily transition into BQ-9000 via a transition program that is being put in place. The transition program will evaluate current operations and recommend best practices to obtain BQ-9000 status.
Process controls related to sampling and testing and equipment calibration are common in both the RINQA and BQ-9000 programs and are examples of how synergies can be realized by combining the two programs.
Foreign producers of biodiesel currently cannot obtain BQ-9000 status, but they have the ability to have the benefits without the formal BQ-9000 status. For plants interested in pursuing such a goal, EcoEngineers can now offer a good solution that will not only implement quality procedures at the plant, but also a monitoring program that will provide the needed RIN QA and verification to downstream RIN generators.
EcoEngineers has worked out similar agreements with other certification schemes, such as Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification, which allows access to European markets. “Our goal is to be one-stop solution for the global compliance needs of biofuel producers,” added Menon. “To this end we are working with partners in the industry and bringing liquidity and integrity to the marketplace.”
Degart Global is a leading provider of auditing and consulting services for a variety of certification schemes including BQ-9000, ISO9000, HACCP, RSB, ISCC and the Food Safety Modernization Act. EcoEngineers is a leading provider of RIN Quality Assurance and engineering and software services.