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Biomass and biofuels


The replacement of fossil fuels is an important step in the reduction of GHG emissions

The use of renewable feedstock as well as  biogenic waste and residues for the production of fuel could reduce the demand for fossil fuels significantly. Fuels from renewable sources, so-called ´biofuels´, could for example replace (a part of) the use of fossil fuel in transport. The European Union has implemented legislation to promote the use of renewable energy in this regard.

The continuous production of large amounts of biofuels demands the development of a production and processing supply chain, from the farm, through converstion units and traders to the final users in the market which blend the actual biofuel into the common fuels. Such artificial market regulations usually leads to price pressure on the already scarce commodities. Resulting negative environmental and social impacts must therefore be avoided.

To prevent above impacts the Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EG) prescribes sustainability requirements for the production of biomass. The conformity to these requirements as well as full transparancy through the whole supply and production chains should be guaranteed to be able to describe a biofuel as sustainable. The means to these goals are certification standards, for example the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) scheme.

ISCC is designed and approved as an international standard, to be used worldwide. The standard covers all elements in the supply chain: farms, first gathering points, conversion units, traders, storage terminals, for all agricultural raw materials as well as wastes/residues. Being the first accepted certification scheme by the European Commission it is also the most well-known and biggest standard in terms of number of certified companies. Accepting products from all other EC certification schemes as sustainable input, ISCC is a very flexible and still thorough certification system, giving its users a big optional supply chain. In the case of wastes/residues only REDcert certified material is approved, after a succesfull benchmark study in 2013.

Outside of that, ISCC has also its secure supply chain options under the ´ISCC compliant´ requirements. This enables system users to prove their dedication to sustainability of the highest standards which ISCC demands from their users. With the ISCC-PLUS scheme these sustainable supply chains could be extended into food, feed, chemical and plastics markets.





Biomass and biofuels