13 June 2022

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We herewith inform you about updates and clarifications in the ISCC System. Please share this information with all relevant members of staff.

1. ISCC EU Registration as System Administrator in Poland

We would like to share with you that ISCC EU has been registered again as a system administrator in Poland since 31 May 2022. You may find our system listed as part of the registry governed by the Krajowy Ośrodek Wsparcia Rolnictwa (KOWR) here.

2. Updated ISCC Documents

2.1. Updated ISCC EU and PLUS Audit Procedures and Update of APS

The ISCC EU and PLUS audit procedures have been updated. The updated versions (v5.0) are a review in the framework of the recognition of ISCC EU under the RED II and reflect the current status of the ISCC EU System Documents. The ISCC PLUS requirements have also been reviewed and aligned with the requirements of the current ISCC PLUS System Document. Questions and requirements that were added to the procedures are marked. Minor amendments, such as change of order of the requirements, adjustments of phrasing and spelling mistakes are not marked.

These changes include the incorporation of the new requirements from the RED II, which means that ISCC EU RED II Gap Audit Procedures will no longer be required for ISCC EU audits conducted using the new version of APS. In addition to this, some improvements to the user experience have been made based on feedback from auditors.

We are pleased to announce that the latest version of APS will be released later this week. We will send an email to the contact persons of all certification bodies once the new version is available for certification bodies and auditors to download from the ISCC website (log-in required). Among other changes, this update includes the incorporation of the new requirements from the RED II, which means that Gap audit procedures will no longer be required for audits conducted using the new version of APS. A summary of the most important changes and bug fixes that have been made since the last version is also available on our website.

Auditors must begin using the updated version of APS for audits conducted from 15 July 2022 onwards, but it is already available for download and use on a voluntary basis.

System Users can use the audit procedures to conduct their internal audits and assessments, for internal trainings or to prepare for an audit. The application of the audit procedures for such purposes is voluntary but recommended.

Please click here to find the updated ISCC audit procedures as pdf files. For certification bodies and auditors only the word files are available in the CB section of the ISCC website (login required).

2.2 ISCC Principles 2 – 6 for Agricultural Biomass: Updated Document and Date of Implementation

ISCC has updated the system document ISCC EU 202-2 – Agricultural Biomass: ISCC Principles 2-6. The updated version 1.1 will be implemented as of 1 September 2022. The adjustments of the document 202-2 v.1.1 follow the public consultation conducted by ISCC and replace the previous version 1.0. An overview of the adjustments is available at the beginning of the document. Until the implementation date of 1 September, the ISCC EU System Document 202 “Sustainability Requirements” (v.3.1) has to be applied for the verification of the ISCC Principles 2-6 for agricultural biomass.

2.3 POME Guidance

ISCC has updated the guidance document for the certification of waste and residues from palm oil mills. Following a second public consultation process, the revised document is now published in the final version 3.0. Besides an updated layout and improved language, the final version of the document now covers recovered oil from three different waste streams of the palm oil mill:

  • Palm oil mill effluent (POME)
  • Empty palm fruit bunches (EFBs)
  • Pressed palm (mesocarp) fibers (PPF)

The guidance in the document shall be taken into account for all audits of palm oil mills generating and supplying these materials as sustainable under ISCC. It shall also be considered for all audits of collecting points collecting these materials as sustainable under ISCC.

The guidance document also includes the mandatory requirement for all palm oil mills generating and supplying waste and residues as sustainable under ISCC to be audited on-site annually. This means, the group auditing approach for points of origin as described in ISCC Document 203 Traceability and Chain of Custody (i.e., auditing only a sample of the points of origin) cannot be applied for palm oil mills anymore. This adjustment to the process shall become mandatory for all certification audits that are conducted as of 1 November 2022.

Please also find further information about the development of the guidance and the stakeholder process in this presentation from the last ISCC Regional Stakeholder Meeting South East Asia.

2.4 Guidance Document for the Audit of Wastewater from Ship Transport

Following up on the public consultation phase, the Guidance document for the audit of wastewater from ship transport is now published in the final version 1.0. It addresses the ISCC certification of biogenic wastewater from ship transport that is to be discharged to a reception facility based on the prewash requirements laid out in the MARPOL 73/78 Annex II as well as inland barges that fall under EU waste legislation (Waste Framework Directive (WFD)).

The guidance in the document shall be taken into account for all audits of Port Reception Facilities / Wash Water Collectors (Point of Origin) and Wastewater Treatment Plants (Collecting Point) dealing with this material.

This guidance document was developed with the active support of various market participants. ISCC would like to thank all parties involved for providing their valuable market insights.

3. ISCC materials

3.1 How to Submit Material Requests

The certification body is responsible to discuss with the system user, how their materials are covered on the ISCC material lists. If a material is not yet covered, the certification body can request the material to be added via the ISCC webform providing the following information:

  • Name of material
  • Relevant certification system
  • Categorization as raw material or intermediate/ final product
  • If applicable, justification for classification as waste/residue e.g. waste code (e.g. based on national waste legislation or European List of Waste, Directive 2008/98/EC) or justification based on the waste decision tree, which is provided in the material lists
  • If available, the CAS number
  • Detailed production process chart including all inputs/ outputs and material flows involved

3.2 ISCC EU Material List

The following raw materials were added or adjusted in table one:

  • Grass fiber residues from the production of grass protein
  • Wastewater from ship transport, additional information: Operators that are not subject to MARPOL and/or WFD shall provide evidence to ISCC that verification mechanisms as described in this guidance are in place. Certification shall only be possible upon explicit approval by ISCC.

The following intermediates and final products were added in table two:

  • Renewable di-methyl ether (rDME)
  • Sugar
  • Syrup

3.2 ISCC PLUS Material List

The following raw materials were added or adjusted in table one:

  • Mine gas (circular)*
  • Natural rubber

The following intermediates and final products were added or slightly adjusted in table two:

  • 2-(Dimethylamino)ethanol
  • Adipic acid, compd. with hexamethylenediamine
  • Alkyl acetate(specification of alkyl acetate), additional information: The type of alkyl acetate must be specified in brackets (e.g. Alkyl acetate (butyl acetate), Alkyl acetate (ethyl acetate))
  • Alkyl acrylate(specification of alkyl acrylate), additional information: The type of alkyl acrylate must be specified in brackets (e.g. Alkyl acrylate (methyl acrylate), Alkyl acrylate (ethyl acrylate), Alkyl acrylate (ethylene-butyl acrylate), Alkyl acrylate (Butyl acrylate) or Alkyl acrylate (2-ethylhexyl acrylate))
  • Alkyl amine(specification of alkyl amine), additional information: The type of alkyl amine must be specified in brackets (e.g. Alkyl amines (dimethylamine), Alkyl amines (monomethyl amine) or Alkyl amines (dimethyldodecyl amine))
  • Alkyl benzene(specification of alkyl benzene), additional information: The type of Alkyl benzene must be specified in brackets (e.g. Alkyl benzene (ethylbenzene), Alkyl benzene (linear alkyl benzene) or Alkyl benzene (heavy alkyl benzene))
  • Butyl hydroperoxide
  • Carboxylic acid(specification of carboxylic acid), additional information: The type of carboxylic acid can be specified in brackets (e.g. Carboxylic acid (lactic acid), Carboxylic acid (lauric acid), Carboxylic acid (stearic acid) or Carboxylic acid (valeric acid))
  • Chlorobenzene
  • Diamines(specification of diamine), additional information: The type of diamine can be specified in brackets (e.g. Diamine (4,4’-Diaminodicyclohexylmethane) or Diamine (Hexamethylenediamine))
  • Dichlorodiphenyl sulfone
  • DIPB(specification of DIPB), additional information: Diisopropylbenzene, can be further specified (e.g. DIPB (para-DIPB))
  • Dimethylaminoethyl acrylate
  • Dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate
  • Ethanol
  • Insulation material(specification of ISCC certified input material), additional information: The ISCC certified input material must be specified in brackets (e.g. Insulation material (Polyisocyanurate))
  • Linear alkyl benzene sulfonic acid(specification of linear alkyl benzene sulfonic acid), additional information: The type of Linear alkyl benzene sulfonic acid can be specified in brackets (e.g. Linear alkyl benzene sulfonic acid (4-C10-13-sec-alkyl derivs.))
  • Naphtha
  • N,N-Dimethyl-1,3-propanediamine
  • Octanol
  • Polyisocyanurates(specification of input materials), additional information: The inputs can be specified in brackets
  • Polymer foam (specification of type of polymer), additional information: The type of polymer must be specified in brackets (e.g. Foam (PE), Foam (Polyurethane))
  • (Poly)vinyl alcohol
  • Polyvinyl butyral
  • Rubber was adjusted to Synthetic rubber
  • Solvent naphtha
  • Synthetic rubber
  • Xylenols(specification of isomer), additional information: The type of xylenol can be further specified in brackets

The following intermediates and final products are from now on covered differently in table two under ISCC PLUS. Certificates that have been issued prior the publication of this list do not have to be amended retrospectively.

  • 2-ethylhexyl-acrylate is from now on covered in Alkyl acrylate (specification of alkyl acrylate)
  • Acrylic monomers is deleted from the list and must from now on be classified in other suitable specifications e.g.Alkyl acrylate (specification of alkyl acrylate). If no suitable specification is listed, ISCC can be contacted via the ISCC webform.
  • Butyl acrylate is from now on covered in Alkyl acrylate (specification of alkyl acrylate)
  • Compounds (input material) is deleted from the list and must from now on be classified with other suitable specifications. If no suitable specification is listed, ISCC can be contacted by the certification body via the ISCC webform.
  • Dialkylamine (specification of dialkylamines) is from now on covered in Alkyl amine (specification of alkyl amine)
  • Ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) is from now on covered in Copolymers (specification of copolymer)
  • Hexamethylene diamine is from now on covered in Diamines (specification of diamine)
  • Ethyl acetate is from now on covered in Alkyl acetate (specification of alkyl acetate)
  • Ethylene-butyl acrylate is from now on covered in Alkyl acrylate (specification of alkyl acrylate)
  • Foam is deleted from the list and must from now on be classified with other suitable specifications e.g. Polymer foam (specification of type of polymer). If no suitable specification is listed, ISCC can be contacted by the certification body via the ISCC webform.
  • Heavy alkyl benzene is from now on covered in Alkyl benzene (specification of alkyl benzene)
  • Lactic acid is from now on covered in Carboxylic acid (specification of carboxylic acid)
  • Linear alkyl benzene (LAB) is from now on covered in Alkyl benzene (specification of alkyl benzene)
  • Methyl acrylate is from now on covered in Alkyl acrylate (specification of alkyl acrylate)
  • Rubber is from now on covered as Synthetic rubber or as Natural rubber in the raw materials table
  • Solvents is deleted from the list and must from now on be classified with other suitable specifications. If no suitable material is available, ISCC can be contacted by the certification body via the ISCC webform.
  • Stearic acid is from now on covered in Carboxylic acid (specification of carboxylic acid)
  • Sugar is deleted as it is already covered under ISCC EU and therefore still included under ISCC PLUS
  • Tall oil rosin is deleted as it is already covered under ISCC EU and therefore still included under ISCC PLUS
  • Valeric acid is from now on covered in Carboxylic acid (specification of carboxylic acid)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact ISCC.

Your ISCC Team