The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is, an international voluntary scheme approved by the European Union, bringing together a diverse group of experts, from farmers, companies, NGOs, and inter-government agencies all concerned with ensuring the sustainability and best practice in biomass production and processing. In 2009, the RSB adopted a new governance model which revolved around chambers representing the different groups along the supply chain, as well as the different governing and legislature bodies.

The RSB covers all types of feedstock and all biomaterial products in its work, and sets to outline its new approach to certifying biofuel production from waste materials. It aims to keep a rigorous but flexible approach allowing waste materials from many sources to be eligible. They go on to note how important it is to ensure only genuine waste materials enter the supply chain. Also the importance of an economically viable model is flagged or waste materials would be diverted to other sectors with no certification requirements and vegetable oils may then be used as a substitute in biofuel production.

“Chatham House” says that biodiesel made from vegetable oil is actually worse for the climate than fossil fuels.
Under EU law biofuels are set to make up 5% of the UK’s transport fuel, yet it is one of the most expensive and least efficient forms of fuel for the motorist. It is hoped bodies such as the RSB can help establish a more sustainable energy future and legitimate place for biofuels in society.