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Implementation - International Sustainability and Carbon Certification: ISCC certified biomass and bioenergy

The Challenge

Food security and promoting modern uses of biomass as a source of energy are two key goals in developing countries. Are these conflicting interests impossible to reconcile or two ends of a common st ...

Food security and promoting modern uses of biomass as a source of energy are two key goals in developing countries. Are these conflicting interests impossible to reconcile or two ends of a common strategy?

Biomass is the most important source of energy in many developing countries, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa.

Increasing demand for sustainable biomass

The demand for biomass is growing. Biomass is already one of the most important sources for renewable energy and as an essential alternative to fossil fuels crucial for a climate friendly energy supply. But at the same time public attention focuses more and more on the possible negative impacts of this growing use of biomass for environment and climate. Politicians, companies and consumers urge for a sustainable production. They demand environmental and social requirements not only for the fuel and energy sector but also for all other areas. According to the European Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) biomass for use as biofuel or bioenergy must be produced sustainably. The Directive sets relevant requirements to limit negative im pacts. Germany, as the first EU member state, transferred the European Directive with two ordinances into national legislation. The ordinances apply to all biomass that is to be used for biofuels or bioenergy as from January 1st, 2011. As an international certification scheme ISCC implements the legal requirements for biofuels and liquid biomass for electricity production as well as, on a voluntary basis, for other applications, e.g. in the food and chemical markets.

International Sustainability and Carbon CertificationISCC – security through certification

ISCC is the first international certification system that can be used to prove sustainability and greenhouse gas savings for all kinds of biomass and bioenergy. As more than 250 stakeholders from Europe, the Americas and Southeast Asia contributed to its development, ISCC guarantees a high practical orientation and cost efficiency. ISCC describes the rules and regulations of the certification process that is oriented towards the reduction of green -
house gas emissions, sustainable use of land and the protection of natural habitats. ISCC-certified biomass shall not be produced on land with high biodiversity value, high carbon stock and peat land. Areas with high conservation value are also excluded. The ISCC seal proves that biomass was produced in an environmentally friendly way. ISCC also covers social sustainability principles and thus provides more security for companies. ISCC is operating since the beginning of 2010 and is already used by leading companies in Germany, Europe and on an international scale.

Certification

The ISCC scheme documents the production of bioenergy with a mass balance system along the complete supply chain – starting at the farm or plantation, towards the mineral oil companies, power plant-operators or other users. The ISCC certificate is a reliable and persistent proof that biomass was produced according to European and German sustainability legislations.
Four step certification process
1. Registration via the ISCC website
2. Preparation for the audit
3. Audit by independent Certification Body
4. Certification

The audits will be carried out by independent Certification Bodies. They check the sustainability with the help of clear audit procedures and checklists. All recognized Certification Bodies which cooperate with ISCC are listed on the ISCC homepage.
The ISCC greenhouse gas balance system records how much greenhouse gases are saved through the certified bioenergy compared to fossil fuels. For easier handling in the field, ISCC developed manuals, forms and calculation tools available in the client login section on the website www.iscc-system.org.

  • ISCC is recognised by the European Commission for all member countries without restriction. ISCC is also recognised by Germany and the Netherlands.
  • ISCC is a reliable proof for the compliance with the European Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) respectively the German Sustainability Ordinances (BioNachV). It is based on experience, cost efficient and effective.
  • ISCC is a global scheme covering all kinds of biomass and is applicable in the German and European market and abroad.
  • ISCC is an all-inclusive service for companies, easing national and international trade.
  • ISCC provides more security for companies. It also covers social sustainability issues – at no or marginal additional costs.
  • ISCC’s balanced stakeholder representation guarantees transparent processes and thus credibility in the public perception. This provides long-term security for companies using ISCC.

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    Grant emission reduction credits from conserving areas with high carbon storage value and provide an international certification scheme for sustainable biomass production. For this purpose, strengthen incentive mechanisms such as REDD (“Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation”).

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