Sustainable biomass feedstock is the key to sustainable biofuels. We believe in the notion that the impact of bioenergy on social and environmental issues may be positive or negative depending on local conditions and the design and implementation of specific projects. That means we cannot say a type of feedstock is always sustainable, or unsustainable, but that it depends on how and where the feedstock is produced.
We’re also realistic. Solaris is a crop and crops needs some level of irrigation, fertilizer, pesticides and other inputs. Our agricultural protocols are optimized between output, cost and ecological impacts. Furthermore, we are continuously testing out new methods to improve the impact of our crop.
Socio-economic and environmental benefits of Solaris:
- Increased land productivity (additional biomass production and increased land use efficiency)
- Development rural economies and job creation
- Education and enablement of regional communities
- Agro innovation & knowledge transfer
- Shift from fossil to renewable energy sources (e.g. diversification energy sources, energy security)
- Displacement/substitution of less appealing industries (e.g. traditional tobacco industry)
- Greenhouse gas reductions
From seed to fuel Solaris based jet fuel will reach up to 70% CO2 reduction compared to fossil jet fuel.
Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
From the start Project Solaris has had the support from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. Since the 1st of September 2015 we are proud to be certified by RSB and will uphold their standards throughout the scaling of Solaris. The global aviation industry, including Boeing and South African Airways are committed to using only RSB-certified biofuels.
Sustainability board SkyNRG
SkyNRG has installed an independent Sustainability Board, consisting of the Dutch wing of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-NL), Solidaridad, and the Copernicus Institute of the University of Utrecht. The Board advices SkyNRG on all aspects related to the impacts sustainability can have on the business (feedstock, policy implications, media exposure, managing stakeholders etc.). The Sustainability Board will also be involved in the further assessment of the sustainability of Solaris as an energy crop.