Trainings & Events · Southeast Asia

Overview on upcoming ISCC trainings and events

Southeast Asia

The committee is intended to support the constructive dialogue on the implementation of sustainability regulations in Southeast Asia

Practical experiences will be discussed and – if possible – considered for improvements of the ISCC system.

Chair:

Adrian Suharto (Neste Singapore Pte Ltd),  Chew Jit Seng (Genting Plantations Bhd, Malaysia)

Working groups of the TC SEA

Five working groups for the TC SEA have been established. Each is led by a working group leader. The following topics are covered:

  • Working group 1: Land use change
  • Working group 2: Methane reduction and avoidance
  • Working group 3: Smallholders
  • Working group 4: Canola/Australia
  • Working group 5: Social Issues

Previous meetings

6th meeting: December 06, 2016, Penang Island, Malaysia

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5th meeting: April 05, 2016, Bali, Indonesia

Meeting of the working group "Land use change", December 04, 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

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During the meeting the following topics were presented and discussed:

  • Update on the new EU-RED with respect to land use change (e.g. low iLUC biofuels, highly biodiverse grassland) and implications for ISCC
    Overview on no-deforestation strategies, how they can be implemented and their impact on certification
    Producer’s and buyer’s view on no-deforestation strategies
    ISCC’s no-deforestation approach

Tasks and deliverables of the working group were discussed and defined.

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4th meeting: August 12, 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

Communication of the working group "Methane reduction and avoidance"

A new working group for Methane Reduction and Avoidance (WGMR) was formed at the last meeting of the ISCC Technical Committee SEA in Bangkok on 24 March 2015. This WGMR is formed with the goal to:

  1. Explore various methodologies which are implemented in palm oil mills to reduce methane emissions from open ponds
  2. To collect existing studies on; and (where not available) explore conducting studies on the calculation of methane reduction to comply with methodology accepted by EU RED by cooperation with various stakeholders (including Academia, Governments, Civil Societies, Research Agencies)

Currently the only established methodology which has been extensively studied for its methane reduction effect and mentioned directly in the EU RED is methane capture. In the past technical committee meetings, the members have sent a very clear message: that there is an urgency to explore and study other methods which reduce methane in the mill. The urgency is due to the fact that the threshold for minimum GHG reduction and implementation of the Fuel Quality Directive is just around the corner (1 and 2 years from now) while not all mills have the capacity to install methane capture facility. Looking at the time needed to study, install and certified any new technology, this WGMR should start working and produce results.

We ask for any interested members (and members-to-be) to join this working group; where they can before the next meeting:

  1. Submit to us a methodology which has proven to reduce methane
    • Proof of methane reduction should be based on a study (internal/ external which shows
      concrete GHG reduction
    • Where possible, if there are any scientific article please submit as well
  2. Introduce experts who are familiar with the methane reduction potential of the methodology
    • This can be government or academia. Funding of such experts will be discussed at the next meeting
    • Where are interested funders of such project, please also submit
  3. Propose site(s) of which the WGMR members can visit/ use as a pilot project
    • For verification purposes and to understand more on the implementation

Please submit such study (in word/ PDF document) to tcsea@iscc-system.org. The results will be collated by the ISCC secretariat and discussed in the next Technical Committee meeting.

3rd meeting: March 24, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

2nd meeting: April 23, 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia

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Interesting talks of the high-profile speaker and lively discussions with the participants made the meeting a success. Topics covered latest regulatory issues in Europe as well as an update on ISCC and ISCC PLUS and development within Southeast Asian markets. ISCC system users and certification bodies gave insights into their experience with certification and respective challenges. Further on a representative of idh gave a presentation on building smallholder capacities and smallholder certification with ISCC.

One part of the meeting was dedicated to the working groups of the TC SEA. Additionally, to the already three existing working groups a new one was set up to take the specific requirements for canola in Australia into account. The working groups gathered to continue their work and established a regular exchange on a quarterly basis. Furthermore, it was agreed by the participants to gather for a meeting of the TC SEA once a year.

On 24 April ISCC conducted a Greenhouse (GHG) Training in Jakarta. With more than 60 participants this training was fully booked. ISCC received very good feedback from the participants, in particular for the practical group work and case studies. The participants expressed their demand for further ISCC trainings in Southeast Asia. Please see below for the agenda and the download of the presentations of the TC SEA.

Presentations:

1st meeting: April 09, 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

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Objective of this TC’s work is the consideration of specific requirements in Southeast Asia as well as the exchange of experiences with ISCC certification in this region. Amongst the more than 50 participants were members of the ISCC Association, ISCC system user and interested companies as well as certification bodies cooperating with ISCC.

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