ISCC Certification: Circular Economy Assurance
In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainability and environmental responsibility, organisations worldwide are increasingly recognising the importance of adopting sustainable practices.
The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) auditing system has emerged as a trusted framework to assess and ensure compliance contributing to climate and environmental protection, decarbonisation, and traceability along the supply chains.
The ISCC protocol aims to ensure sustainable production of biomass, derived products (such as biofuels, biogenic plastics, and specialty chemicals), and sustainable circular products (such as plastics and packaging). ISCC’s mission is to promote the transition to a circular economy and sustainable bioeconomy, to support companies in reducing GHG emissions, and to increase transparency and traceability along supply chains.
Intertek Auditors meticulously assess various aspects, including land use, feedstock origin, greenhouse gas emissions, labour conditions, and traceability, among others. By conducting audits, Intertek ensures that organisations adhere to the ISCC criteria, promoting sustainable practices and mitigating negative impacts on the environment and society.
Comprehensive Auditing Process
ISCC audits follow a comprehensive and systematic approach. The auditing process typically involves on-site inspections, document reviews, interviews with key personnel, and data verification. Auditors thoroughly assess the entire supply chain, from feedstock production and processing to transport and final product use. This holistic approach ensures transparency and accountability, allowing for a comprehensive evaluation of an organisation's sustainability performance.
Ensuring Compliance with ISCC Standards
ISCC sets rigorous sustainability standards that go beyond mere compliance with local regulations. The auditing process verifies that organisations meet these standards, which include requirements related to sustainable feedstock production, biodiversity protection, water management, labour rights, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. By ensuring compliance, ISCC audits validate an organisation's commitment to responsible practices, fostering consumer trust and confidence.
This certification system covers all agricultural and forest raw materials, waste and residues, and biogas and algae. It is recognised by the European Commission (EC) to demonstrate compliance with the legal requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) for EU biofuels and bioliquids.
ISCC PLUS certification covers all raw materials included in EU certification and non-biological renewable raw materials. Its main application is in circular and biobased product markets, renewable energy, food, feed, and biofuels outside the EU.
ISCC CORSIA & CORSIA PLUS
The ISCC CORSIA or CORSIA PLUS certification scheme covers all agricultural and forest raw materials, as well as waste materials, residues, and by-products. This standard applies in the field of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Benefits of ISCC Certification
Achieving ISCC certification provides numerous benefits to organisations. Firstly, it enhances their reputation as responsible and sustainable entities, distinguishing them in the marketplace. Certified organisations gain a competitive edge, as customers increasingly prioritise sustainability when making purchasing decisions. Moreover, ISCC certification opens doors to new markets, both domestically and internationally, where sustainable sourcing is a requirement. ISCC can also strengthen stakeholder relationships by demonstrating a commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
ISCC auditing plays a crucial role in driving sustainability and responsibility in the biomass and bioenergy sectors. By evaluating organisations' compliance with comprehensive sustainability standards, Intertek ISCC audits ensure transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement. Achieving ISCC certification not only demonstrates an organisation's commitment to sustainable practices but also provides a competitive advantage in an increasingly environmentally conscious marketplace. Through ISCC auditing, organisations can contribute to a greener future, reduce their environmental footprint, and positively impact communities and ecosystems worldwide.
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