Pacific Biodiesel and its Big Island Biodiesel plant have been certified for showcasing sustainable biodiesel production and distribution practices by the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance. Pacific Biodiesel is an award-winning and internationally recognized producer of renewable fuels; its Big Island plant is the first biodiesel facility of its kind in the United States to earn this certification.
The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) is a nonprofit organization created to promote sustainable biodiesel practices, including the harvesting, production and distribution of biodiesel fuels; these efforts include Environmental, Social and Economic sustainability. When biodiesel advocates Kelly King, Annie Nelson and Daryl Hannah formed the alliance in 2006, their ultimate goal was to create a certification system for verifying that all points in the production and distribution of the fuel are sustainable. This certification system, officially launched in 2016, will not only provide transparency for the consumer but also build extra value for a sustainable product.
The certification awarded by SBAll is two fold: Big Island Biodiesel earned “Gold Certified” status as a Biodiesel Producer with a score of 78 of 100; Pacific Biodiesel/Big Island Biodiesel earned “Platinum Certified” status as a Biodiesel Distributor with a score of 92 of 100.
“The SBA is very pleased with the results of the certification audit, and applauds Pacific Biodiesel for being a leader in sustainably produced biodiesel” said Jeff Plowman, Vice-Chair of the SBA.
The certification process evaluated a variety of production and distribution practices including control of air emissions; reduced water consumption; continuous improvement toward zero-waste production; lower energy consumption; development of sustainable purchasing policies; and creation of diverse community benefits.
“We are thrilled to hear today’s announcement from SBA’s Certification Committee,” said Jenna Long, Director of Operations, Pacific Biodiesel. “This gives our entire team a great sense of pride and reinforces our company’s mission to make clean, renewable fuels in the most sustainable and community-focused manner possible. We also received valuable input during the certification process so that we can continue to improve the sustainability practices of our facility.”
The certification process included an audit performed by independent third party auditor, Chris Garth of Carolina Management System Services, Inc.
“It was a pleasure auditing the management systems of Pacific Biodiesel,” said Garth. “The biodiesel produced at Big Island Biodiesel is made efficiently, yielding high quality fuel that meets ASTM D 6751, and in an organizational culture that scores very high–and drives continual improvement–in quality, environmental, health, safety and sustainability metrics.”
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