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7th of May 2010

ISCC System in operation- First certificates already issued

The International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System (ISCC System) is the first standard approved under the German bioenergy sustainability ordinances, in view of the requirements of the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED) by the end of 2010. The first successful ISCC audits already took place and the first certificates have been issued for a biodiesel production plant based on rapeseed in Germany and for a bioethanol plant based on grains in Europe.

Many further ISCC audits are currently taking place in Germany, Europe and abroad.

Source: First ISCC newsletter

More information on the ISCC system on website: www.iscc-system.org and below.

Please find below two press releases on the ISCC system.



Summary of the press release by ISCC from 25th March 2010:


Start of ISCC certifications

ISCC certifies in Germany, in the EU and in other countries farming products with respect to the German Sustainability Ordinances for bioenergy (Biokraft-NachV and BioSt-NachV)

Certifications can be registered from now on.

The certification of biomass has started with the certification system ISCC. Impartial auditors are currently working on first requests within Germany and from abroad according to the ISCC certification system.

So far, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has accredited six certifiers: DQS, Global-Creative Energy, GUTcert, Peterson Control Union Deutschland, SGS Germany and TĂśV SĂĽd Industry Service. Traders and industries are able to apply for certification from these certifiers according to an accredited certification system by BLE.

ISCC has been accredited by the BLE for one year being the first certification system in place. The separation of certification system and impartial certifying authorities secures the compliance with the German ordinances for a sustainable production of biomass.

ISCC is specialized for certifications of biomass in Germany as well as in the EU and overseas. This system has been developed and approved in a two years pilot phase under incorporation of companies. This system has been proved working efficiently and effectively. The ISCC is now preparing for recognition by the European commission.

The ISCC is supported by the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection through the Agency for Renewable Energy (FNR).


Shortened version of the press release 13 by BMELV from 10th January 2010:


Biofuels from sustainable production only – state secretary Klöckner presents first European certification system for biomass

Within the European Union, liquid / transport biofuels may only be financially supported or be counted towards renewable energy targets if the biomass used is produced in a sustainable way. "Germany is now the first EU member state to have developed a certification scheme for sustainable biomass production. The preliminary approval of this certification system, the 'International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)', by the German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) means we are transposing European requirements into national law", says Julia Klöckner, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

EU requirements aim to ensure that biomass (e.g. palm oil) is not produced at the expense of valuable natural habitats in the respective producer countries. Examples of such habitats are primary forest, biodiversity hotspots or wetlands. Moreover, the EU directive demands that the production of a biofuel reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent, compared to fossil fuels.

Two acts put the EU directives into German law: one act defines the demands on a sustainable production of liquid biofuels for electricity (BioSt-NachV), the other the demands on a sustainable production of transport biofuels (Biokraft-NachV).

Proof of sustainability is a prerequisite for receiving the set feed-in tariffs for electricity from liquid biomass and for counting transport biofuels sold in Germany towards the national quota or (in case of pure biofuels) qualifying for tax deductions. The acts also regulate the procedures for proof of sustainability and for certification. "With the preliminary approval of ISCC we are the first country to be able to meet demands for a sustainable biomass production", Klöckner says.

ISCC was developed during 2006, funded by BMELV through its project management body, Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (Agency for Renewable Resources, FNR). After a two-year test phase, implementation has now started. The international certification of biomass is uncharted terrain for all participants, be it governments, NGOs, scientists or industry. Over the next years, the pioneering project ISCC will have to prove that it can meet the high expectations and guarantee sustainability.



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