ISCC - International Sustainability & Carbon Certification
ISCC is a leading global certification system that addresses the entire supply chain as well as a variety of agricultural crops, their derivatives, and renewables. Independent third party certification ensures compliance with high ecological and social sustainability requirements, greenhouse gas emissions savings, and traceability throughout the supply chain. ISCC can be applied in various markets, including the bioenergy sector, the food and feed market, and the chemical market. More than 10,000 certificates in 100 countries have been issued since its launch in 2010. All elements along the supply chain, from farm/plantation level up to the final product end user, are covered. ISCC ensures that
- Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced
- Biomass is not produced on land with high biodiversity and high carbon stock
- Good agricultural practices, and the protection of soil, water, and air are carried out
- Human, labour, and land rights are respected
High traceability standards ensure that the physical path of biomass can be traced back throughout the entire supply chain. ISCC furthermore provides methods to calculate mass balances and verify greenhouse gas emissions along the supply chain.
ISCC offers a one stop solution for all crops and markets. It enables system users to access different market segments using a single certificate. ISCC is officially recognized by the European Commission under the European Energy Directive (RED). ISCC also complies with the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code, the SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA 2.0 silver level), and the FEFAC requirements with respect to soya sourcing guidelines. ISCC has furthermore been selected as a system of choice by a variety of initiatives from different market segments (e.g. FONAP for palm based products, INRO for bio-based materials).
ISCC is a multi-stakeholder initiative governed by an association with currently more than 80 members. ISCC was developed through an open multi-stakeholder process involving around 250 international associations, corporations, research institutions, and NGOs from Europe, the Americas, and South East Asia in order to ensure high practicality and cost effectiveness.