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ISCC was developed through an open multi-stakeholder process

ISCC is an independent multi-stakeholder organisation responsible for the development, surveillance, revision and continuous improvement of the ISCC certification system. The ISCC certification system covers all sustainable feedstocks, including agricultural and forestry biomass, bio-based and circular materials and renewables. With currently over 3,700 valid certificates in more than 100 countries, ISCC is among the world’s largest certification systems. It has been developed through an open multi-stakeholder process and is governed by an association with more than 120 members, including research institutes and NGO’s. As a no-deforestation standard with a strong commitment to protect forests, high-carbon stock lands and biodiversity, ISCC strives for a world where biomass and other raw materials are produced in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner.

ISCC operates different certification systems for different markets.  These systems are ISCC EU, ISCC PLUS and ISCC Solid Biomass NL. ISCC EU is a certification system to demonstrate compliance with the legal sustainability requirements specified in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) of the European Commission and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). ISCC PLUS is a certification system for non-regulated markets. ISCC Solid Biomass NL can be used by system users to comply with the Dutch legal sustainability requirements for solid biomass for energy applications SDE+. The verification of compliance with the ISCC requirements as well as the issuance of ISCC certificates are performed by recognised third-party certification bodies (CBs) cooperating with ISCC.

The ISCC Association (ISCC e.V.) is the legally registered body responsible for governing ISCC, for guiding the strategic decisions taken by ISCC, and for unifying and representing ISCC’s stakeholders. The ISCC Association guarantees adherence with the multi-stakeholder process. Natural or legal persons may become members of the ISCC Association if they share the same goal and mission as ISCC. Members can participate in the organisation and have a voting right.

ISCC working group on transparency

ISCC has set up a working group to improve the transparency of ISCC by mandatory publication of summary audit reports.

The set up of the working group was agreed at the General Assembly 2016 with the scope to elaborate a summary audit report that should be made publicly available for each issued certificate. The working group had to consider a trade-off between enhancing the transparency of ISCC and protecting sensitive company information.