ISCC Newsletter Nr. 59 vom 27. August 2015

Implementation of Deforestation Free Supply Chains - ISCC Plantation and Land Use Assessment Training
2 – 3 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

After the successful launch in October 2014 and many enquires to recap ISCC is happy to announce that the second ISCC Plantation and Land Use Assessment Training will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 2 – 3 December 2015.

How to monitor and implement deforestation free supply chains will be the overarching topic of this training. Ongoing deforestation is a major challenge in many regions of the world, and numerous companies have announced commitments to reduce or suspend deforestation in their supply chains, and to protect land with high biodiversity or high carbon stock.

The 1.5-day ISCC training sets a particular focus on the detection and monitoring of land use change. Tools will be presented to facilitate land use assessment and risk analysis, and to support the verification of voluntary or legally binding sustainability requirements in food, feed, energy or chemical markets.

The training offers comprehensive insights on the ISCC sustainability requirements for audits on plantation level, and the implication of land use change on greenhouse gas emissions. Target groups: company representatives, certification bodies and auditors, NGOs, research bodies and authorities.
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ISCC Regional Stakeholder Dialogue Southeast Asia
Meeting of the Working Group "Land Use Change"
4 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

The last ISCC Technical Committee Meeting Southeast Asia in August 2015 agreed on a meeting of the working group "Land Use Change". It will take place in Jakarta on 4 December 2015, after the above mentioned ISCC Training.

During the meeting inter alia the following topics will be presented and discussed:

  • Update on the new EU-RED with respect to land use change (e.g. low iLUC biofuels, highly biodiverse grassland) and implications for ISCC
  • Overview on no-deforestation strategies, how they can be implemented and their impact on certification
  • Producer's and buyer's view on no-deforestation strategies
  • ISCC'S no-deforestation approach

Tasks and deliverables of the working group will be discussed and defined. A detailed agenda will be published closer to the meeting.

Participation in the meeting is free of charge.
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GRAS Global Risk Assessment Services is Online
GRAS – Global Risk Assessment Services – is now available online at GRAS is an independent online tool to assess sustainability risks for agricultural and forestry areas. It provides comprehensive information about biodiversity, carbon stock and social indices based on a broad range of relevant databases. A core functionality of the tool is the automatic detection of land use change based on the interpretation of satellite images. GRAS can be used as “one stop solution” e.g. by plantation companies, supply chain managers, auditors and certification bodies and any other interested parties.

GRAS has been developed by a multidisciplinary team with partners from Europe, the Americas and Southeast Asia. Amongst others, ISCC contributed to the project. The overall undertaking has been supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its Agency for Renewable Resources.


Presentation of GRAS in a Webinar on 8 September 2015
GRAS and its features will be presented during a webinar in cooperation with The Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP). The webinar is taking place on 8 September 2015 at 11.00 am (CEST).
More information will be available on the GRAS website


First ISCC PLUS Certified Ethanol Plant in Brazil
ISCC is happy to announce that with Usina Conquista do Pontal the first ISCC PLUS certificate has been issued for an ethanol plant in Brazil. So far, more than 320 ISCC certificates for ethanol plants were issued in 27 countries. In South America several ethanol plants in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru are already ISCC certified.
See the ISCC website for all issued certificates


Save the Date: Stakeholder Meeting in South America
20 October 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

The next stakeholder meeting for South America is taking place in São Paulo on 20 October 2015. This is the 8th meeting of the ISCC Technical Committee South America (TC SA). Further information on the agenda and the venue will be provided shortly. Registration is already possible. The attendance is free of charge. There will also be the opportunity to arrange personal meetings with the senior management of ISCC.
If you are interested, please send an email to ISCC.
Click here for the website of the TC SA and the link to the registration form


30th ISCC Basic Training
27 – 29 October 2015, Cologne, Germany

The next three-day ISCC Basic Training takes place in Cologne from 27 – 29 October 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: representatives from companies interested in getting an ISCC certification or companies that are already using ISCC and other parties interested in ISCC certification
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