ISCC Newsletter Nr. 60 vom 21. September 2015

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).

Deforestation is one of the main topics of this stakeholder event, and high profile speakers are going to present challenges for brand owners and sustainability certification, examples for zero deforestation policies in supply chains as well as tools to facilitate the implementation of deforestation free supply chains.

In September the amendment to the RED and FQD that addresses the impact of indirect land use change (iLUC) was published. An overview over the implications for the biofuels market is provided and export opportunities for biofuels from South America are discussed.

Further topics include updates on ISCC and ISCC PLUS, European market perspectives for food, feed and fuels, insights into the Brazilian – German cooperation on climate change and developments in the Argentinian agriculture markets.

The meeting offers plenty of networking opportunities, and it is also possible to arrange personal meetings with the senior management of ISCC. If you are interested, please send an email to ISCC

The attendance is free of charge.

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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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 ISCC received repeated requests for a further training and is now happy to announce that the second ISCC Plantation and Land Use Assessment Training will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 2 – 3 December 2015.

The training offers comprehensive insights into the ISCC sustainability requirements for audits on plantation level, and the implication of land use change on greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

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 amendment to the RED and FQD 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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First ISCC EU Certification of Shea Supply Chain
In July the first ISCC EU certificates for the collection of shea have been issued. Shea trees only grow in Africa in a belt stretching from Sudan to Senegal, and they are not cultivated but only wild growing. The ripe fruits fall from the trees and are picked by local women for whom shea is an important source of income. Traditionally, shea is used as food, cosmetic or medicine, and increasingly, the excess supply of shea is exported as feedstock for the food and personal care industry or for technical applications.

The successful certification is the result of a two-year cooperation of ISCC with IOI Loder Croklaan and SGS.

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