RSB to host Iowa, D.C. stakeholder meetings

By Susanne Retka Schill | February 10, 2009
Web exclusive posted Feb. 20, 2009, at 10:08 a.m. CST

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels has scheduled a second round of public consultations in the United States to receive feedback on Version Zero of the draft Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Biofuels.

A two-day Midwestern consultation will be held March 3 and March 4 in Room 150 in the Scheman building at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The second consultation will be held March 16 at the United Nations Foundation, 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.

Two previous meetings were held in North Carolina on Jan. 28 and in San Francisco on Feb. 4 following the National Biodiesel Conference. RSB Americas Coordinator Matt Rudolf said attendance at each meeting numbered about 60, with a broad spectrum of input and good discussions. The North Carolina meeting had good representation from U.S. government offices, while the San Francisco meeting had more academics in attendance. The broad principles were widely supported, although there were many questions about the definitions of specific terms. "There wasn't a lot of controversy," Rudolf said, "mostly because we're at the principle level."

The RSB is proposing a voluntary system to certify sustainable biofuel production. The comments on Version Zero will be compiled and the final draft of Version One is expected to be published in June. Meanwhile, an implementation working group has already begun working on certification plans. The next phase, Rudolf said, will be pilot-scale testing to see how workable the standards are in different locations. Version Zero was developed by working groups formed around three broad issues: the environment, greenhouse gas reduction and social principles.

The text of the Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Biofuels, as well as the link to information on the RSB consultation meetings in North America and an online advance registration form are available at
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