ISCC Newsletter Nr. 65 vom 16. November 2015

New Opportunities in the Food and Feed Markets for ISCC System Users
New opportunities now exist for ISCC system users in the food and feed market segment on a global basis. When customers are requesting compliance with SAI Platform's Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) or with the FEFAC soy sourcing guidelines from their suppliers, ISCC certified operators are in a favorable position.

According to the recent benchmark SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative) Platform performed, ISCC (EU vs. 2.6, PLUS vs. 2.03) has been determined "equivalent to FSA Silver" level. The analysis is based on the SAI Platform's 'Farm Sustainability Assessment'. As of now ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS certified system users can sell their ISCC products as "equivalent to FSA 2.0 Silver".

Furthermore, ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS have been benchmarked by FEFAC and ITC and have successfully met all requirements of the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines. As of now ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS certified system users can sell their ISCC products as "in line with the FEFAC Soy Sourcing guidelines".
Click here for further information on the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines.

These achievements are part of an ongoing ISCC initiative to provide "one stop shopping" solutions for system users thus enabling them to access different market segments with one certificate. As a result, users no longer need several different certificates and can significantly reduce audit costs and management attention required for handling different certification systems.

Support of Sustainability Audits and Zero Deforestation Commitments

ISCC Plantation and Land Use Assessment Training
2 - 3 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

Verification of land use change can be supported effectively by using remote sensing data. Several new and innovative tools are available on the market.

Which tools are most appropriate to support the work of sustainability auditors? Which tools are suitable to help companies to manage ecological and social risks and to implement sustainability commitments?

Latest technologies on how to detect and monitor land use change and implement deforestation-free supply chains will be presented at this training. This includes tools 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.

Participants will get an update on the latest amendments of the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED), especially with regard to land use change and highly biodiverse grassland and the respective implications for sustainability certification with ISCC. Furthermore, the training offers comprehensive insights into the ISCC sustainability requirements for audits on plantation level, and the impact of land use change on greenhouse gas emissions.

This second ISCC Plantation and Land Use Assessment Training (1.5 days) is taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 2 - 3 December 2015.

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

Book your place until 18 November and get the early bird discount.
Click here for further information and registration.

ISCC Regional Stakeholder Dialogue Southeast Asia

Meeting of the Working Group "Land Use Change"
4 December 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

The working group "Land Use Change", that is operating in the framework of the ISCC Technical Committee Southeast Asia, is meeting in Jakarta on 4 December 2015 (one day 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, their implementation and 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.
Click here for further information and registration.

G7 Alliance Conference on Resource Efficiency

ISCC Side Event: How to Ensure Sustainability of the Biobased Economy - Responsible Solutions and Innovative Tools
23 November 2015, Berlin

In the context of the G7 Alliance Conference on Resource Efficiency in Berlin (23 - 24 November 2015) ISCC is organising a side event. "How to ensure Sustainability of the Biobased Economy - Responsible Sourcing and Innovative Tools" is the title of the half-day event taking place in Berlin on 23 November, directly prior to the main conference.

Innovative tools to monitor sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains in global commodity markets will be presented. Senior representatives from industry and trade, brand owners, NGOs as well as science and research will approach the topic from different angles. Opportunities for questions will be given throughout the event, and a panel discussion at the end will highlight main conclusions.
Click here for the agenda and the registration form.

The G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency was set up at this year's summit of the G7 Heads of State in Germany. The Alliance aims to share knowledge and best practices in the conservation and efficient use of natural resources. At the summit it was recognised that sustainably produced renewable resources can substitute fossil resources, and thus make important contributions to climate protection goals.

The G7 Alliance Conference on Resource Efficiency is hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture. Experience gained with ISCC certification will be presented at this conference as well.
Click here for further information on the conference.

ISCC is a Founding Member of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil Association (FONAP e.V.)
On 11 November 2015, the ISCC Association (ISCC e.V.) became one of the founding members of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil Association (Forum Nachhaltiges Palmöl - FONAP e.V.). FONAP is an alliance of companies, associations and non-governmental organisations which seek to work together to devise viable ways to improve practices in the palm oil sector. The aim of the FONAP is to significantly boost  the proportion of segregated, certified sustainable palm oil on the German, Austrian and Swiss markets and to make 100% certified palm oil available for these markets as soon as possible.
Click here for further information about FONAP.

With kind regards,

Your ISCC Team