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25-Nov-2012 Gary Cleven participates in the inaugural meeting of the ISCC Technical Committee North America

09-Oct-2012 Gary Cleven participates in the Comprehensive ISCC System Certification Seminar

02-Oct-2012 Gary Cleven participates in the Aviation Biofuels Development Conference in Washington DC

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In The Press

28-Jun-2010 IATA criticizes lack of progress on volcanic ash issues in Europe [ATW]

28-Jan-2010 The solid business case for cutting carbon emissions [BusinessDay]

06-Dec-2009 The implications of the EU's ETS [Aircraft Commerce]

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Industry News

16-Nov-2012 Airbus and EADS join Chinese venture to develop algae-based jet fuels, with demo flight planned for 2013 [GreenAir Online]

15-Nov-2012 Third wave of green flight trials to get underway in Europe as part of AIRE emissions reduction programme [GreenAir Online]

09-Nov-2012 Virgin Atlantic says 2020 carbon target on track as new aircraft and fuel efficiency measures deliver savings [GreenAir Online]

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SustainAvia has extensive knowledge in the field of bioenergy, biomass and biofuels, including the environmental, social and economic 'sustainability' biofuel requirements, through training in the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) or International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) systems.

Introduction to biofuels

Biomass is derived from different types of organic matter: energy plants (oilseeds, plants containing sugar) and forestry, agricultural or urban waste including wood and household waste. Biomass can be used for heating, for producing electricity and for transport biofuels. Biomass can be solid (plants, wood, straw and other plants), gaseous (from organic waste, landfill waste) or liquid (derived from crops such as wheat, rapeseed, soy, or from lignocellulosic material).

The use of biomass can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The carbon dioxide it gives off when it is burned is counterbalanced by the amount absorbed when the plant in question was grown. However, generating net greenhouse gas savings also depends on the cultivation and fuel production processes used.

The terms "alternative fuels" and "renewable fuels" are sometimes used interchangeably, although they carry very specific meanings in statute and regulation. The definitions even differ from law to law. In general, however, alternative fuels are understood to mean alternatives to traditional gasoline and diesel fuels. Renewable fuels are those derived from renewable, non-petroleum sources such as crops, animal waste, or municipal solid waste.

Renewable fuels include liquid and gaseous fuels and electricity derived from renewable biomass energy sources, as opposed to fossil fuels. Many renewable fuels achieve significant lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions reductions relative to fossil fuels.

Alternative fuels include gaseous fuels such as hydrogen, natural gas, and propane; alcohols such as ethanol, methanol, and butanol; vegetable and waste-derived oils; and electricity.

What SustainAvia can do

SustainAvia provides consulting services in government policy and regulatory requirements to help companies interested in exporting biomass and biofuels to Europe, Switzerland, Canada, United States, Australia and other markets worldwide.

SustainAvia provides RSB or ISCC consulting and audit services (via an accredited Certification Body) to companies interested in obtaining RSB or ISCC 'sustainability' certification of the biofuel produced, biomass feedstock inputs and intermediate points in the supply chain.

SustainAvia provides consulting services on the 'sustainability' certification requirements of alternative jet fuels / aviation biofuels, including the environmental, social and economic criteria, GHG LCA (greenhouse gas life cycle analysis) calculations and chain-of-custody/traceability.

SustainAvia is interested in working on a sub-contract basis with the 'aviation industry, nationally recognized academic institutions, and other public and private entities' participating in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E).

Our experience in aviation research working in various EU CleanSky projects and environmental training in the RSB and ISCC sustainable biofuel certification schemes will be extremely valuable in the various technical areas as detailed in the 'Scope of Work' stated in the FAA COE Program Office solicitation.