Smallholder APP will increase traceability

Meo Carbon Solution, in a joint project with Global Risk Assessment Services (GRAS) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), developed a new and user-friendly mobile application which allows mapping, tracking and monitoring of smallholders.

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Research and demonstration project on renewable jet fuel

MCS was partner in the DEMO-SPK project by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). It successfully demonstrated the use of renewable jet fuel in the general fuel supply infrastructure.

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10-Year Anniversary of MCS

This year Meo Carbon Solutions celebrates its 10th anniversary. Since 2009 MCS has continuously grown and expanded its project portfolio considerably to all fields of sustainability. Next to business projects we are also increasingly active in research projects. Started with regional clients in Germany and the EU, we are now cooperating with numerous international partners on shaping a sustainable future. We actively support businesses, NGOs, ministries and other institutions in implementing their sustainable visions. Have a look at our diverse references and project partners.
The success story of MCS is only possible due to the excellent work and dedication of all of our employees. Looking back at 10 years of MCS, we are proud of our achievements and thankful for all the great collaborations we had so far. In the future, we strive to continuously improve our work in cooperation with our clients as an innovative solution provider for sustainable supply chains.

Argus Biofuels Conference October 2019

The two-day Argus Biofuels conference in October 2019 featured many international speakers and experts across the full supply chain of biodiesel and ethanol. The Director of Meo Carbon Solutions, Dr. Jan Henke, presented in his talk „Compliance under Annex 9: How can we ensure RED certification criteria are met and protect against the risk of fraud?“ complexities of standardisation, risks around products with multipliers and around fraudulent biofuels.

UN Climate Action Summit 2019

The United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 took place on 23rd September in New York. UN Secretary-General António Guterres seeked to raise ambition reaching climate change objectives on a global level and called on all leaders for concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020 to reach the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Above all stands the 2°C goal of the Paris Agreement. The summit especially functioned as a platform for governments, businesses and civil society to discuss and implement solutions fighting the climate crisis. The closing press release of the Summit can be found here.

Symobio 2nd Status Conference

The second Symobio status conference „Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy: Key Elements for Monitoring“ focussed on three areas:
– Resource base and sustainability / production of biomass
– Determination of economic indicators
– Systemic monitoring and modelling of the bioeconomy (SYMOBIO)
The conference was held in September 2019 in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) in Berlin.

Since March 2017, Meo Carbon Solutions and seven consortium partners, e.g. The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research and the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ, German Biomass Research Centre) work on the development of the scientific basis for a systemic monitoring and modelling of the bioeconomy. Additionally, the improved use of certification and life cycle assessment (LCA) will be explored. The SYMOBIO project is funded by the BMBF and runs until February 2020. Further information are available here.

Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest – Our Call for Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

Since the beginning of 2019, wildfires in the Amazon rainforest have been disproportionally devastating in comparison to previous years. The Brazilian Institute of Space Research (INPE) reported nearly 94,000 fires in 2019. Considered the lungs of the planet, rainforests are critical as carbon sinks and help stabilising the Earth’s climate. As highly biodiverse biospheres, the rainforest is home to many endemic and endangered species. Although fires have become common this year due to drier conditions, which are exacerbated by prior deforestation, the disproportional increase in fires does not match with the weather conditions. Instead, many fires are set by ranchers and farmers seeking to clear land for illegal cattle ranching, soy and other agricultural feedstocks. According to the latest annual report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), agriculture, food production and deforestation are among the major drivers of climate change. In collaboration with our partners, MCS promotes and supports deforestation free supply chains that protect forests from illegal activities that may result in wildfires.

Team Event Maastricht – We love bees!

At MCS, we support the conservation of biodiversity and understand the importance of honey bees and other pollinators for the ecosystems and agricultural crops. At this years team event we learned more about beekeeping and our little helpers at the Byeboere Social & Urban Beekeepers Project in Maastricht. For more information click here.

Earth Overshoot Day 2019

The 29th of July 2019 marks this year’s Earth Overshoot Day. By this date, we have consumed all the resources that the earth can provide sustainably for one whole year. In order not to deplete resources and drain our planet, we would have to stop consuming anything completely from now on until the 31st of December. Of course, we do nothing of the sort and hence we overtax our forests, soils, waterways and oceans – just like every year.
Meo Carbon Solutions together with its clients and worldwide projects works on solutions to reduce GHG emissions in cultivation, production and entire supply chains in various fields to reduce resource consumption, increase efficiency and fight climate change.

Traceability in the Palm Oil Sector

Asian Agri is one of the biggest palm oil producers in Indonesia and committed to traceable and sustainable supply chains with the help of ISCC, RSPO and ISPO certification. In 2018 the company commissioned Meo Carbon Solutions in a joint project with SNV to verify their claims on traceability. The traceability system is crucial in order to ensure deforestation-free palm oil production that is sustainable for farmers, the environment and Asian Agri itself. Further information on Asian Agri’s sustainability performance can be found in their current Sustainability Report 2017-2018.

Sustainable Foods Summit Amsterdam 2019

The Sustainable Foods Summit is a platform to discuss trends, developments and standards in the food industry – all in the context of sustainability. The importance of eco-labels and certification, sustainability metrics and sustainable ingredients are examples of many topics that are relevant to the Summit. The four sessions of the 2019 Summit in Amsterdam specifically focussed on general sustainability issues for the food industry, on food ingredients, new technologies and green packaging solutions. Meo Carbon Solutions supports companies producing agricultural goods entering the food market to calculate and manage their GHG emissions and paving the way to receive a sustainability certification. Further information and details of upcoming summits are presented here.

German Sustainable Action Days 2019

From the 30th of May to the 5th of June 2019 Meo Carbon Solutions participated in the German Sustainable Action Days (Deutsche Aktionstage Nachhaltigkeit). They are part of Europe’s Sustainable Development Week and aim to promote exemplary engagement and to raise public awareness of the topic. During the week, the employees of Meo Carbon Solutions organized various activities for their own team and for all employees and visitors to the office building in Cologne. For more information click here.

New Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)

The European Commission agreed on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (2018/2001/EU) that will replace the first Directive after 2020. The new version requires the EU to derive 32% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2030. Moreover, at least 14% of the energy consumed by the transport sector must come from renewable sources by 2030. The regulation also leaves the opportunity to raise both targets further by 2023 in case the costs of renewable energy production have reduced considerably or in case more ambitious targets are deemed necessary to meet the Union’s emission reduction obligation of 40 % compared to 1990.

2017 Palm Oil Market Study

The study „The palm oil market in Germany in 2017“ conducted by Meo Carbon Solutions assessed that 1.124.860 tons of palm oil and 119 300 tons of palm kernel oil were consumed in Germany in 2017. As the study on behalf of the German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (Forum für Nachhaltiges Palmöl, FONAP) is the third of its kind, Meo was able to identify a rise in the consumption of sustainable palm oil by 6% in comparison to 2015 (5% rise of sustainable palm kernel oil consumption). The consumption by sectors in 2017 breaks downs as following: energy 52%, food 22%, feed 13%, chemicals/pharmaceuticals 11%, cleaning products & cosmetics 3%.
Since 2013, overall palm oil consumption has been declining and the certified amounts of palm oil in non-energy quantities are increasing.

Systemic Monitoring and Modelling of the Bioeconomy (SYMOBIO)

Since March 2017, Meo Carbon Solutions and seven consortium partners, e.g. The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research and the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ, German Biomass Research Centre) work on the development of the scientific basis for a systemic monitoring of the bioeconomy. The SYMOBIO project (support code: 617 40003 031B0281F) is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The consortium is led by the Center for Environmental Systems Research, University Kassel. If you are interested in further information please do not hesitate to contact us. A more detailed project description can be found here.

2015 palm oil market study 

On September 27th 2016, Meo Carbon Solutions presented the results of the palm oil market study in Berlin. The study was conducted on behalf of the German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (Forum für Nachhaltiges Palmöl, FONAP).

Expansion of the EU-ETS

Meo Carbon Solutions has started a scientific project in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the University of Göttingen. The aim of the two year project is to develop options for an expansion of the EU-ETS guaranteeing equal conditions for competition for all types of renewable energies. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR).

Sustainable Palm Oil

Meo Carbon Solutions presents GRAS and its strategic role for supporting sustainable palm oil production in the article „Sustainability as a Success Factor for Palm Oil Producers Supplying the European Vegetable Oil Markets“ in the issue Vol. 16(1) 2016 of the Peer Reviewed Journal Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal (OPIEJ).

Cosmetics and Detergents

Meo Carbon Solutions presents ISCC PLUS, GRAS and the advantages of its adoption in the cosmetics and detergents sector in the article „Deforestation-free and traceable supply chains for the production of sustainable surfactants“ in the July/ August issue of the International Peer Reviewed Journal Household and Personal Care Today.

Fachkongress Holzenergie

On October 7th Meo Carbon Solutions gave a presentation on „Analysis of sustainability risks for solid biomass using GRAS“ at the 16th Fachkongress Holzenergie in Augsburg, Germany

Oleofuels conference 

On June 21st 2016 Meo Carbon Solutions presented the „Impact of latest developments in GHG requirements on biofuel markets” at the Oleofuels 2016 conference in Liverpool, UK.

63. SEPAWA conference

On October 13th 2016, Meo Carbon Solutions presented results from the palm oil market study of the German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (Forum für Nachhaltiges Palmöl, FONAP) on the SEPAWA conference in Fulda.

Malaysian palm oil producers

After recent allegations of deforestation, peatland conversion and rights abuses in its supply chain, more and more companies are cutting back supplies from one of Malaysians biggest palm oil producing company.

Klasmann-Deilmann group

Culture and growing media market leader Klasmann-Deilmann reports the product and company footprint calculated by Meo Carbon Solutions in its 2016 annual sustainability report.

Sustainability risk assessment tool

The Global Risk Assessment Services tool GRAS developed by Meo with support of German FNR and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has been launched successfully and is available at gras-system.org.