ISCC’s story began in 2006 with a multi-stakeholder dialogue that brought together more than 250 global stakeholders to exchange valuable insights on certification needs for the biofuels industry. The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) played a vital role at this early stage, supporting the foundation of ISCC’s certification scheme through its Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR).
After an initial concept phase, ISCC carried out pilot projects between 2008 and 2010 that covered different supply chains. In 2010, the first ISCC certificate was issued and the ISCC Association was established in Berlin. We ended the year with 162 issued certificates and have increased significantly every year since then.
Over the coming years, ISCC quickly became the leading certification system for the EU renewable energy market regulated by the RED II (former RED). In 2012 already, ISCC responded to the growing demand for credible certification solutions in markets outside the energy sector by setting up its ISCC PLUS standard. By now, ISCC PLUS is broadly used in sectors such as packaging and chemicals, but also increasingly for food and feed.
Providing robust certification solutions across regions, commodities and markets has been at the heart of ISCC since its inception. This is reflected by ISCC’s sustained engagement to provide and develop robust certification solutions, including all kinds of bio-based and recycled materials, sustainable fuels for the aviation (ISCC CORSIA) and maritime sector as well as the up and coming PtX applications.