ISCC Newsletter Nr. 55 vom 06. Mai 2015


ISCC in the Americas: ISCC stakeholder event, ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training and GRAS workshop in Miami in June 2015

Joint regional stakeholder meeting, Miami, 24 June (one full day)
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 sustainability topics, share experiences and meet interesting people.

Topics on the agenda include:
• News from the ISCC and ISCC PLUS certification systems
• Implications of the new RED on renewable fuel markets and certification
• Implications of the new GHG quota on biofuel markets and certification
• Regulatory framework conditions in the US and the EU
• Sustainable sourcing and supply chains in the food and beverage sector
• Deforestation and new 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.
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GRAS Workshop in Miami, 23 June (0.5 day)
With this workshop in Miami on 23 June 2015 GRAS (Global Risk Assessment Services) will be launched in the American market.

GRAS is an innovative tool to facilitate risk analysis and land use assessment by offering integrated, reliable and easy to use information on land use change, ecological and social issues, biodiversity and carbon stocks.

GRAS has many valuable applications. It is for example a reliable tool for auditors, certification bodies and certification systems to conduct efficient sustainability audits and sustainability risk analysis. Companies, investors, authorities and NGOs can use GRAS to facilitate the identification of sustainability risks for individual farms, plantations or entire sourcing areas and to detect land use change.

At the half-day GRAS workshop the participants will learn in detail, what GRAS is about, which contents are covered and for what applications GRAS can be used. The workshop includes an online presentation of GRAS.

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) through its Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) has supported the development of GRAS.

The workshop is open to any interested parties.

The attendance is free of charge.
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On 25 and 26 June an ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training is taking place in Miami at the same venue as the two previous events. Please see below for further information.

Upcoming ISCC Trainings

ISCC Basic Training in Cologne, 18 – 20 May (3 days)
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 (1.5 days)
Cologne, 9 and 10 June
Miami, 25 and 26 June

There is a dramatic change in the promotion of biofuels in Europe. The future focus according to the Fuel Quality Directive will be on the individual GHG performance of biofuels. In Germany for example, one of the biggest biofuel markets in Europe, the GHG reduction quota came into force in January 2015. Individual GHG calculations, verification and certification are further gaining importance. Thus, GHG values have been established as competitive factor that influences prices and demand of different biofuels and feedstocks.
Also in the food and biochemical sector GHG information is becoming more relevant. Companies have to further exploit their GHG saving potentials along the entire supply chain from agricultural production to final products.

Participants of the 1.5-day training will get comprehensive insights into the regulatory framework conditions in Europe and the requirements for GHG calculations and verifications along the entire value chain. Due to the changing policy framework, ISCC has recently introduced adjustments to the mandatory GHG procedures. The new procedures will be discussed in detail during the training.

Furthermore, the participants of the training in Miami will learn about the relevance of GHG calculations in the North American markets as well as the calculation approaches in the US biofuels market.

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, processing units as well as transport and distribution.

Target groups: Certification bodies, auditors and company representatives, NGOs, research bodies and authorities.

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ISCC PLUS Training in Cologne, 23 and 24 June (1.5 days)
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 2015 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 with special focus on innovative downstream processing technologies. Furthermore, requirements and implications for the chain of custody, traceability and the issuance of claims will be covered. Special attention is also given to the mass balance methodology for mixed fossil/bio inputs and related claims. 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 as well as adapted audit requirements.

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