Leading the way in Sustainable Alcohol Production
Manildra Group is celebrating after the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterial (RSB) re-certified the company, recognising the highest commitment to sustainable ethanol production world-wide at their state-of-the-art seven-column distillery, located at their Shoalhaven Starches site in Nowra, New South Wales.
In 2012, Manildra Group was the first plant in the world to receive the internationally recognised sustainability certification from the RSB, and this year completed their third re-certification.
“It was an exceptional achievement to be the first ethanol plant in the world to be awarded the RSB certification, and this news of continued re-certification demonstrates our family-owned Australian businesses’ unwavering commitment to sustainability,” said Shoalhaven Starches Quality Assurance and Environmental Coordinator, John Studdert.
The RSB is a full member of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Alliance and is focused on the global sustainability of bio-based fuel and material production and use. Manildra Group maintains this certification through the implementation of RSB’s environmental, social, and economic principles and criteria.
“Our certification is a great achievement for the bioeconomy as it demonstrates that ethanol can be produced in a way that not only dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions but ensures real positive social and environmental benefits.
We are very proud to set the standard for truly sustainable ethanol production globally,” said Manildra Group Head of Ethanol, Debbie Forster.
RSB’s approach is internationally renowned as the most trusted, credible, and practical certification for the bioeconomy, with support from Non Government Organisations. It is also recognised in Australia’s biofuel regulations, ensuring that ethanol producers demonstrate that their operation is actively creating positive outcomes for people and the planet.
RSB’s Executive Director, Elena Schmidt said, “We are thrilled to see RSB’s first ever operator re-certified for another five years. Manildra Group’s continued commitment to RSB certification is a testament to their focus on sustainability in their community and operations. As true ‘pioneers’ of sustainability in the bioeconomy, they have served to inspire and encourage others around the world to follow their example.”
For more information on Manildra Group’s RSB certification visit rsb.org/2021/03/18/rsbs- first-certified-operator- manildra-group- successfully-renews- certificate-for-third-timee/