JetBlue becomes 1st US airline to join the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

JetBlue Airways has joined The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), becoming the first US airline member, and joining other organisations wanting to create a market and standard for sustainable biomass and bio-based products.

The RSB is an independent and global multi-stakeholder coalition which works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials. JetBlue will participate in discussions relating to the aviation sector.

“Biofuels are inevitable for the future of the aviation industry. We know we have to start laying the groundwork today as an investment in our future,” explained Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability, JetBlue. “To make this work, businesses globally need to join together for a low-carbon future.”

The airline is actively researching alternative fuel sources and firmly believes in their necessity to secure the future of the aviation industry. JetBlue has committed to a biofuels plan in 2017 that will bring future biofuels to JetBlue and create co-operation among commercial carriers. With RSB’s guidance, JetBlue will join a consortium of corporate citizens and airlines pursuing multiple sources of biofuels that minimise unwanted environmental and social impacts throughout their supply-chain and life-cycle.

“JetBlue is joining The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials as renewable biofuels will become increasingly more important for aviation to continue to grow responsibly,” Mendelsohn added. “Science has given us drop-in biofuels, which means there will be no change to our engines or systems – and no compromise to safety. There are no silver bullets when it comes to finding the right biofuel, so we are reaching out for partners; we are all in this together.”

RSB verifies that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable and credibly-sourced. Choosing RSB-certified biomaterials helps supports a healthy bio-based community.

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