Process · Union Database (UDB)

The UDB is currently being developed by the European Commission

Union Database (UDB)

The RED II envisions the application of a “Union database” (UDB) for biofuels and bioliquids (see Art. 28(2) Directive (EU) 2018/2001 – RED II). The database aims to ensure the tracing of liquid and gaseous transport fuels that are eligible for being counted towards the share of renewable energy in the transport sector in any Member State. ISCC will act as a Service Provider (SP) and regularly informs about the development process and the timeline of the UDB. This is done via the ISCC System Updates, which ISCC system users, cooperating certification bodies and members of the ISCC Association receive regularly via email. Updates on the UDB will also be publicly posted on this page.

 

Update from 25 August 2022

The RED II envisions the application of a “Union database” (UDB) for biofuels and bioliquids. The database is currently being developed by the European Commission (EC).

In this framework, ISCC is presently working on various topics:

a) ISCC is setting up a tool for making registration and certification more efficient for CBs and System Users:
The digitalization of certification processes presents challenges, such as the increasing documentation requirements by the EC. ISCC is working on facilitating workflows and at the same time providing system users with the means to seamlessly demonstrate that their actions are sustainable. For this, a new online data management tool is currently in the making. ISCC will provide more information in due time.

b) ISCC will act as a Service Provider (SP) for all ISCC System Users and will also offer this service to other Voluntary Schemes (VS) and their Economic Operators (EO):
With the ISCC application, that will be linked to the UDB, the process of data provision for system users will be facilitated. ISCC System Users, as well as other EOs and VSs will have the exclusive choice of the ISCC application for the transfer of their data.

c) ISCC is conducting pilots to adapt the system to user needs:
ISCC is conducting pilot projects to test the data flow from economic operators to the service provider system.

ISCC will keep you updated about the development process and timeline of the UDB in System Updates and on this page. Please kindly note that it is not known yet when the UDB will become operational.

 

Update from 22 July 2022

The RED II envisions the application of a “Union database” (UDB) for biofuels and bioliquids (see Art. 28(2) Directive (EU) 2018/2001 – RED II). The database aims to ensure the tracing of liquid and gaseous transport fuels that are eligible for being counted towards the share of renewable energy in the transport sector in any Member State. The database is currently being developed by the European Commission (EC). Once it has started its official operation, relevant system users are required to provide specified information to the UDB on sustainability and GHG emissions savings characteristics that are related to batches of sustainable material transferred along the supply chain.

ISCC is an active participant in workshops and is in continuous discussions about the UDB with the EC and other stakeholders. ISCC has already set up a database to facilitate the process of data provision for system users and is working to link this database to the UDB, i.e. ISCC will also facilitate the process as service provider (SP). As soon as the development process by the EC has proceeded so that the role of the SP and its interaction with the UDB is more clearly defined, ISCC may reach out to system users to participate in pilots.

ISCC will keep you updated about the development process and timeline of the UDB. Please kindly note that it is not known yet when the UDB will become operational.