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ISCC - International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

ISCC - International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

Security that Your Biofuel Products are Truly Sustainable

The objectives of the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system are to establish an international, practically viable, and transparent system for certifying biomass and bioenergy. With proper certification, ISCC can:

  • Contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Promote sustainable use of land
  • Promote traceability
  • Protect natural biospheres
  • Ensure social sustainability

Certification with the ISCC system helps producers take responsibility and reduces the risk of harmful ventures. It is also a reliable method that helps customers recognize the difference between sustainable and non-sustainable biofuel offerings.

TÜV Rheinland is certified by the German Ministry of Agriculture (BLE) to certify the sustainability of biofuels. We have local auditors around the world. By trusting in our experts, you give your customers peace of mind that they are getting the product they need and want to fulfill their carbon reduction goals.

Benefits at a Glance

With International Sustainability and Carbon Certification from TÜV Rheinland:

  • You stand to improve your corporate image by demonstrating your company's commitment to producing and marketing sustainable home products
  • Certification is not restricted to certain types of biomass, but covers all relevant materials
  • All sorts of sectors apply, including agricultural producers, processors, trade, industry, NGOs, associations, research institutes, and authorities
  • We provide a register of production sites, certificates, and declarations of conformity
  • Businesses get more certainty of the sustainability of their products, also for issues related to social sustainability
  • The ISCC system will be applied in increasingly global markets, which in turn facilitates trade of sustainable goods – both from the perspective of the consumer and manufacturer

Our Approach to Certifying Sustainability of Biofuels

TÜV Rheinland's experts adopt a three-tier approach to certifying the sustainability of your biofuel products:

Audit of Sustainability Criteria in the Field

  • Verify land use and change of use with the help of databases and satellite imagery
  • Check system documentation

Mass Balance Verification

  • Accounting for incoming and outgoing flows of biomass
  • Audit of the reliability and sustainability of the system

Calculation of Greenhouse Gas Savings

  • The 2009/28/EC directive requires GHG emission savings of 35%, increased to 50% in January 2017 and 60% in January 2018 for plants where production will start in 2017

ISCC Services

TÜV Rheinland offers the following services related to the ISCC system:

  • Certification
  • Diagnostics
  • Training for employees

The 2009/28/EC Directive

The 2009/28/EC directive, which serves as the basis for the ISCC system, promotes the use of renewable energies and defines the framework of the sustainability certification.

Our Sustainability Initiatives

Nothing less than the future is at stake. Companies, institutions, public authorities and each and every one of us can play a positive role in shaping the path to tomorrow. We provide you with comprehensive support to ensure that you operate safely, sustainably and efficiently for many years to come.

Sustainable Business Practices

ESG certification, sustainable supply chains and reporting

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Sustainability Service Search

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