ISCC in Short

What is ISCC?

ISCC is a globally leading certification system covering the entire supply chain and all kinds of biobased feedstocks and renewables. Independent third party certification ensures compliance with high ecological and social sustainability requirements, greenhouse gas emissions savings and traceability throughout the supply chain. ISCC can be applied in various markets including the bioenergy sector, the food and feed market and the chemical market. Since its start of operation in 2010, more than 12,500 certificates in more than 100 countries have been issued. 

What is covered by ISCC?

ISCC is globally applicable for all kinds of agricultural crops, their derivatives and renewables. All elements along the supply chain from agriculture or the point of origin up to the end user of the final product are covered. ISCC ensures that

  • Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced
  • Biomass is not produced on land with high biodiversity and high carbon stock
  • Good agricultural practices and the protection of soil, water and air is applied
  • Human, labour and land rights are respected

High requirements for traceability ensure that the physical way of the biomass can be traced throughout the whole supply chain. Furthermore, ISCC provides methodologies to calculate mass balances and verify greenhouse gas emissions along the supply chain.

Why ISCC?

ISCC offers a “One Stop Solution” for all crops and markets. It enables system users to access different market segments with one certificate. ISCC is officially recognised by the European Commission under the European Energy Directive (RED). Additionally, ISCC complies with the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code, the SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA 2.0 silver level) and the FEFAC requirements with respect to the soy sourcing guidelines. ISCC has also been selected as a system of choice by a variety of initiatives from different market segments (e.g. aireg for jet fuels, INRO for bio-based materials and FONAP for palm based products). 

Who governs ISCC?

ISCC is a multistakeholder initiative governed by an association with currently more than 80 members. ISCC was developed through an open multi-stakeholder process involving around 250 international associations, corporations, research institutions and NGOs from Europe, the Americas and South East Asia in order to ensure high practicality and cost effectiveness.

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