International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) is an independent organization that maintains two certification systems for the sustainability of raw materials and products: ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS. Both programs meet sustainability requirements of the European Union’s (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), although ISCC PLUS is regarded for markets not regulated by the RED/ FQD and includes the option for voluntary modules (e.g. environmental management and biodiversity). ISCC objectives are to contribute to the implementation of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production and use of all kinds of biomass in global supply chains.
FoodChain ID Certification is a cooperating certification body for ISCC EU and PLUS certification.
What is ISCC?
ISCC provides sustainability certification of agricultural, forestry, and alternative (e.g. waste and residues) feedstocks. The ISCC EU system certifies biofuels for the EU market and is recognized by the European Commission as RED/ FQD compliant. The ISCC PLUS certification system is applicable to biofuels outside the EU as well as food, feed, and chemical markets. ISCC PLUS is recognized by companies such as SAI, Unilever, and CocaCola as well as the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC). Compliance requirements of both systems focus on three primary areas: sustainability, traceability, and greenhouse gas emission savings.
Who needs ISCC?
ISCC is for businesses committed to environmental protection, zero deforestation, worker welfare, and reducing green house gas emissions. Businesses already engaged in sustainable practices such as sourcing renewable materials or those produced through sustainable cultivation can distinguish their products in the marketplace with ISCC. Where certification is achieved, the ISCC logo may be applied to products within the scope of certification to communicate responsible and sustainable sourcing to consumers.
Additionally, ISCC recognises all EU RED-approved biomass certifications, meaning any type of biomass-based fuel is eligible for ISCC certification. This helps to provide an increased flexibility for biofuel blenders and traders.