ISCC Newsletter Nr. 73 vom 17. März 2016

ISCC Activities on the Reports of Polish low-priced Biodiesel Exports

As reported in the last ISCC Newsletter ISCC is concerned about the allegations of Polish low-priced biodiesel exports that threaten the level playing field on the EU market. According to the report published by the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) the low prices may be possible because some Polish operators would sell quantities of biodiesel that were already counted towards the Polish national biofuels quota to other EU Member States as sustainable according to the RED.

All activities of ISCC primarily aim to verify the allegations and to understand the role of the different parties involved. ISCC has been in contact with the EBB to gather further information, and has established cooperation with Polish authorities, certification bodies and other stakeholders. Further measures are being initiated, including the conduction of assessments in the framework of the ISCC Integrity Program.

Deforestation Free Supply Chains with ISCC

In early March, Greenpeace published the study “Cutting Deforestation out of the Palm Oil Supply Chain”. The study focuses on the practical actions that have been taken by global companies in the consumer goods sector to implement deforestation free supply chains. It concludes that several companies have not implemented their commitment, do not reach their goals and cannot keep up their promises. „Progress towards deforestation-free supply chains is slow” and only two out of 14 companies are evaluated positively in the study.

Despite the fact that many companies have set ambitious targets to remove deforestation from their supply chains, the destruction of forest and peatland is not decreasing. According to the study, it seems that many companies still rely on buying palm oil that is only certified on a book and claim basis. This means that there is no possibility to trace the palm oil back to the oil mills and plantations and that the companies have hardly any control over supply chains to implement the deforestation strategies.

Under ISCC deforestation is not allowed, and land with high carbon stocks and high biodiversity is protected. This includes primary forests and other wooded land of native species, peatland, wetland, high conservation value areas and others. It is also not allowed to deforest and simply make up for that by easy compensation measures. Furthermore, high social standards and the traceability of materials through supply chains are covered by ISCC certification.

Reliable tools, such as GRAS (Global Risk Assessment Services), are available to examine in detail for individual plantations or entire sourcing areas whether deforestation or the destruction of peatland had taken place (examination is possible from the year 2000 until today). Companies should ask their suppliers of biomass to examine their existing or planned plantation areas with respect to land use and land use change by using such tools.

Click here to read the Greenpeace study
Click here to learn more about GRAS

Meeting of the ISCC Stakeholder Group Southeastasia - 5 April, Legian, Bali

The next regional stakeholder meeting of the ISCC Technical Committee in Southeast Asia is taking place in Legian, Bali, on 5 April 2016.

Topics on the agenda include an update on ISCC, market requirements in the different sectors, and sustainability certification in Southeast Asia. The working groups on land use change, methane reduction and avoidance, smallholders, and social issues of the stakeholder committee will report on their activities.

The meeting is taking place at the Magani Hotel and Spa, which is located centrally to the International Airport and in walking distance to the famous Kuta and Legian beaches. For the evening of the 5 April ISCC is organizing an evening programme for the participants for an informal get-together and networking opportunities and to enjoy the scenic location.

The attendance of the meeting is free of charge. The Hotel offers a contingent of rooms at a reduced rate for participants.
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Forthcoming ISCC Trainings

For 2016 ISCC has scheduled a range of ISCC Trainings. Further dates will be set and announced on the ISCC Website and through ISCC Newsletters when confirmed.

The ISCC Basic Training covers all topics relevant for ISCC and ISCC PLUS certification. The participation in an ISCC Basic Training is a mandatory requirement for all auditors prior to conducting the first ISCC audit, and is a valuable seminar for ISCC System Users and companies that want to prepare for certification.
The specialised ISCC Trainings (ISCC PLUS and Greenhouse Gas) provide comprehensive insights, extensive case studies and group works in their respective topics.
The ISCC PLUS Training focuses on the certification requirements and market opportunities in the food, feed and chemical sector.
The ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training looks in detail at the methodology requirements for GHG calculations and verifications along the supply chain and provides practical examples of calculations.

Target groups: Certification bodies, ISCC lead auditors and other ISCC auditors, company representatives, NGOs, research bodies and authorities

ISCC PLUS Training, Cologne (Germany), 19 – 20 April 2016 (1.5 days)
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ISCC Basic Training, Cologne (Germany), 26 – 28 April 2016 (3 days)

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ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training, Cologne (Germany), 9 – 10 May 2016 (1.5 days)

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