ISCC Newsletter Nr. 75 vom 26. April 2016

Upcoming ISCC GHG Training - Cologne, 9-10 May 2016

Seize the opportunity to deepen your insights into the methodological requirements for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) calculations and verifications.

The individual GHG performance has been established as competitive factor that influences prices and demand of different biofuels and raw materials. Thus, individual GHG calculation, verification and certification are further gaining importance. This also applies for other sectors, such as the food and biochemical sector, where companies increasingly exploit their GHG saving potentials along the supply chain from agricultural production to final products.

The 1.5-day ISCC GHG Training provides the participants with comprehensive insights into regulatory framework conditions and the requirements for GHG calculation and verification along the supply chain. Participants will deepen their understanding in practical examples and group work sessions.

Target groups: Certification bodies, ISCC lead auditors and other ISCC auditors, company representatives, NGOs, research bodies and authorities
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Update on ISCC Activities on the Reports of Polish low-priced Biodiesel Exports

As reported in previous ISCC Newsletters (March 2016) ISCC has taken steps to verify the allegations of the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) on Polish low-priced biodiesel exports that would threaten the level playing field in the EU market. According to the EBB report the low prices could be possible because some operators would sell quantities of biodiesel that were already counted towards to Polish national biofuels quota to other EU Member States as sustainable according to the RED.

ISCC has been in contact with relevant parties (EBB, Polish authorities, certification bodies and other stakeholders) to gather further information and to understand the role of the different parties involved. Assessments in the framework of the ISCC Integrity Program have been conducted in Poland. Further information will be provided on the ISCC website shortly.

UPM gains ISCC PLUS Certification for bio-based Applications

The Finnish bio and forest industries company UPM reports about the recent extension of sustainability certification under ISCC PLUS of all output streams of the company’s biorefinery in Lappeenranta (Finland).
With the ISCC PLUS certification the wood-based main products and residues can now also be used as certified feedstock, for example, in the chemical industry. UPM has already been certified under ISCC EU since 2014.
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How Companies can implement and monitor their No-Deforestation Commitments

Eco-Business Article, 18 April 2016
More and more consumer goods companies, brand owners, and retailers publish sustainability and no-deforestation policies and commitments. According to recent news though, many companies still fail to meet their self-defined commitments. The article describes how the GRAS tool (Global Risk Assessment Services) enables companies to tackle challenges in the implementation and verification of deforestation free supply chains. In GRAS, geo-referenced information are used to verify if, when and what kind of land use change has taken place in areas of interest. Furthermore, comprehensive and reliable information on biodiversity, carbon stock and social indices are readily available to assess sourcing areas.
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Next ISCC Basic Training in Cologne: 6-8 September 2016

The next three-day ISCC Basic Training in Cologne takes place on 6 – 8 September 2016 and covers all topics relevant for ISCC 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: company representatives, NGOs, research bodies and authorities
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