Biodiesel and EU Imports from China

In February 2023, ISCC has been made aware of potentially fraudulent behaviour regarding unusual trade volumes in the field of biodiesel made from waste and residues coming from China. Furthermore, ISCC was told that the increase of up to half a million tons of biodiesel from China caused a dramatic fall in biodiesel prices in European markets.

ISCC has reacted immediately by initiating unannounced integrity audits at both randomly selected biodiesel and HVO plants in China, as well as at economic operators, which have been reported to ISCC by authorities and other stakeholders. In this process, seven certificates have been withdrawn or temporarily suspended so far. However, the sanctions of these seven economic operators did not conclusively indicate criminal behaviour.

Throughout 2023, ISCC has kept the public continuously informed about the suspected cases of mislabeling of advanced biodiesel (derived from waste and residues). Please find all communication material about the potentially fraudulent behaviour and ISCC’s strengthened requirements due to the incidents below.

Communication Material

Newsletter, Press Releases and News Articles

  • 23 November 2023: Update on ISCC’s Activities to Strengthen the ISCC System
  • 13 October 2023: Update: Strengthening ISCC Certification System Requirements to Prevent Potential Fraudulent Behaviour
  • 16 August 2023: Biodiesel and EU Imports from China
  • 27 June 2023: Press Release
  • 26 June 2023: Improved Communication and Information Exchange Between Voluntary Schemes in Case of Certification-related Issues
  • 16 May 2023: Update on Suspected Cases of Mislabelling of Biodiesel
  • 20 April 2023: Recent Suspected Cases of Mislabelling of Advanced Biodiesel

System Updates

  • 09 June 2023: FAQ About the ISCC System Updates Content of 18 and 28 April 2023
  • 28 April 2023: Strengthened Requirements for Waste and Residue Supply Chains
  • 18 April 2023: Certificates Must Reflect Actual Material Flows and Business Activities

Some questions were raised about specific requirements on the content of the ISCC System Update on 18 April and the ISCC System Update on 28 April 2023. Please find the requirements, questions and answers here on this page.