ISCC Newsletter Nr. 54, 14. April 2015

ISCC system users in 100 countries
The number of ISCC certificates has now exceeded the mark of 8,300. More than 3,200 companies in 100 countries are using ISCC at the time being. Especially the ISCC PLUS certification is picking up pace with an increase of 180% between last April and today.

New ISCC trailers
As ISCC is in operation for five years now, trailers have been produced to provide an overview about achievements and impact on the ground. Five case studies show impressive examples of the positive impact of ISCC certification in Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Malaysia and Sweden. The ISCC trailers are good tools for stakeholders to present ISCC to business partners, potential clients and others.
All trailers are freely available on the ISCC website as high quality downloads and can be shared with any interested party.

ISCC joined European Bioplastics
ISCC has become a member of European Bioplastics. This association supports companies and organisations striving for sustainable solutions in the plastics markets and promotes standardisation, certification and labelling. ISCC aims to support the work of European Bipolastics from the point of view of a certification scheme.

ISCC believes that high sustainability requirements should also be extended to the sectors without legally binding sustainability requirements, such as the chemical industry. The membership of ISCC in European Bioplastics is also a further step in ISCC’s dedication to an intensive dialogue with all stakeholders.
Click here for further information on European Bioplastics.

Joint regional stakeholder meeting in Miami on 24 June
On 24 June 2015 ISCC is hosting a joint meeting in Miami for stakeholders from both Technical Committees North and South America. This meeting will mark the 7th meeting of the Technical Committee South America and the 4th meeting of the Technical Committee North America respectively.

The joint meeting is a great opportunity for stakeholders from all parts of the Americas to come together to discuss relevant topics, share experiences and meet interesting people. Senior representatives from high profile companies (e.g. ADM, Boeing, McDonalds and Unilever) and organisations (e.g. ANSI, The Nature Conservancy) are invited to share their experiences and speak on topics both interesting and relevant.

Topics on the agenda will include:
• Update on the ISCC and ISCC PLUS certification systems
• Regulatory framework conditions in the US and the EU ("ILUC debate", latest news on the RED proposal)
• Sustainable sourcing and supply chains in the food and beverage sector
• Deforestation and tools for risk assessment and land use change verification
• ISCC Accreditation with ANSI

The ISCC Technical Committees meet on a regular basis to facilitate the regional stakeholder dialogue, and to discuss and consider specific regional requirements for the continuous development of the ISCC system.

The attendance is free of charge.

Click here for further information and the link to the registration form.

Upcoming ISCC Trainings

ISCC Basic Training in Cologne, 18 – 20 May
The next three-day ISCC Basic Training takes place in Cologne from 18 – 20 May 2015 and covers all topics relevant for ISCC and ISCC PLUS certification.

At day one the participants are given an overview of the ISCC system and an introduction to the ISCC certification process and related documents. The major topic of the day is the conduction of sustainability audits on farm/ plantation level and the assessment of no go areas and land use change. This includes the presentation of a tool to facilitate risk analysis and land use assessment to prepare for an audit.
Day two focuses on the role of the value chain elements for certification and the ISCC requirements for mass balance and traceability. The certification of waste based biofuels is also covered.
Day three is dedicated to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) requirements, calculations and verifications.
Working group sessions round up all three days.

The participation in an ISCC Basic Training is a mandatory requirement for all auditors prior to conducting the first ISCC audit. Further target groups are representatives from companies interested in getting an ISCC certification or companies that are already using ISCC.
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ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training in Cologne, 9 and 10 June
Due to changes in the framework conditions of biofuels markets in Europe, the focus of the promotion of biofuels is shifting to the individual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) performance, and will increasingly impact prices and markets. In Germany, for example, the switch from an energetic to a GHG reduction quota came into force on 1 January 2015. Individual GHG calculations and their certification are thus further gaining importance.

The fifth ISCC GHG Training offers comprehensive insights into the regulatory framework conditions in Europe and the requirements for GHG calculations and verifications. Due to the changing policy framework, ISCC has introduced adjustments to the mandatory GHG procedures. The new procedures will be introduced and discussed in detail during the training. In practical case studies and group works the participants will deepen their understanding of how to conduct and verify GHG calculations. The training covers GHG requirements for farm/ plantations, conversion units as well as transport and distribution.

Target groups: Certification bodies, auditors and company representatives with an interest in GHG calculations, NGOs, research bodies and authorities.
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ISCC PLUS Training in Cologne, 23 and 24 June
Get to know the ISCC PLUS system requirements and learn more about market opportunities in the food, feed and chemical sector. The second 1.5 day ISCC PLUS Training is scheduled for 23 – 24 June in Cologne.

The training will cover the specific requirements for the ISCC PLUS certification, including a thorough presentation of the different ISCC PLUS add-ons on farm level and along the supply chain. Furthermore, requirements and implications for the chain of custody, traceability and the issuance of claims will be covered. The comprehensive group work sessions are a substantial part of the training.

Target groups: Certification bodies, auditors and company representatives as the training covers both general requirements for companies and adapted audit requirements.
Click here for more information and registration.