Resonance brand carinata and sustainability
To be recognized as sustainable, biofuel feedstocks are assessed against a number of criteria designed to measure impacts to the environment along the entire supply chain. In other words, if a biofuel releases less greenhouse gas (GHG) as it’s being burned, that’s great. But if converting a feedstock into biofuel generates high GHGs, then that will count against that feedstock’s overall sustainability assessment.
Resonance brand carinata is one of only five crops, and the first oilseed crop, to be certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), according to the rules set out by the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED). It’s a significant achievement and one that places Resonance at the forefront of the biofuel industry.
Other high marks for sustainability:
- The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Resonance brand carinata exceeds the 50% GHG reduction looked for under US EPA models.
- Resonance brand carinata is approved as an Advanced Biofuels Feedstock under Alberta’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), exceeding the required 25% fewer GHG emissions and achieving a 50% GHG reduction.
- Resonance brand carinata has a very low ILUC (indirect land use change) rating, meaning that land is not taken out of food production to grow carinata.
- Because Resonance brand carinata can be grown in a typical rotation with other crops, it provides for an even lower LCA
- Manufacturing biofuel from Resonance brand carinata has a low carbon intensity (CI), which is a measure how many tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) is emitted for every unit of energy in the finished fuel.
- Because Resonance brand carinata can be grown on land less suited for food production, it will displace the use of food oils in biofuel production while providing another source of high quality protein for feed markets.