ISCC EU certificate of Biomotorai has been renewed: what does it mean?

Certification according to the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) scheme signifies a company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. At the same time, it enhances the company’s visibility in the market, opening doors to new markets and opportunities. In this context, the announcement of the renewal of ISCC EU certificate of Biomotorai on February 2, 2024 is excellent news and an opportunity to discuss in more detail the key aspects of ISCC certification for used cooking oil (UCO) collection points.

ISCC EU certificate of Biomotorai (certificate number: EU-ISCC-Cert-PL214-40914224) was issued in accordance with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). We were certified as sustainable biomass collection point. To obtain this recognition, we had to go through a multi-layered process, which is worth examining in more detail.

The Essence of ISCC certification

ISCC is a globally recognized certification system, that sets standards for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions. It covers all sustainable resources, including agricultural and forestry biomass, biogenic waste, and residues. ISCC certification means, that biomass collection, handling, storage, and transportation practices at the used cooking oil collection point comply with the scheme’s sustainability criteria.

The assessment process takes place in five stages:

  1. Preparation and self-analysis
    First, it is necessary to understand the ISCC requirements and conduct a self-analysis based on them, which allows identifying existing gaps. At this stage, a review of documentation, processes, and sustainability practices according to ISCC standards is carried out.
  2. Documentation
    The company must prepare detailed documents, describing their operating procedures, sustainability policy, and traceability of collected used cooking oil. This documentation forms the basis of the certification audit.
  3. Selection of certification body
    An ISCC-approved certification body is chosen to conduct the audit. It is crucial to select an organization with experience in the bioenergy sector, especially when certifying used cooking oil collection points.
  4. Corrective actions
    If non-conformities are identified during the audit, the collection point must address these issues within a specified period. Some examples of corrective actions include adjusting procedures, improving documentation, and implementing new sustainability practices.
  5. Issuance of certificate
    After verifying compliance, the certification body issues the ISCC certificate. This certificate usually remains valid for one year, and to renew it, a re-audit is required.

Benefits of ISCC certification

Obtaining an ISCC certificate provides various benefits to a company:

  • Market access
    Most buyers and industry sectors require ISCC certification for used cooking oil to ensure, that it meets sustainability standards. Certification opens access to these markets.
  • Environmental impact
    Certification demonstrates a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting sustainability, and enhancing brand reputation.
  • Legal compliance
    In some regions, regulatory incentives or mandates require the use of certified sustainable resources. The ISCC certificate ensures compliance with such provisions.

Main considerations for ISCC certification

Before deciding to pursue an ISCC certificate, companies need to carefully consider the potential of this step and weigh whether it is worth the effort required to achieve such an evaluation. It is important to distinguish three main variables:

  • Costs
    Certification involves significant costs for processes such as audits, document preparation, and possible operational adjustments. It is crucial to compare these costs with the potential market benefits.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
    Obtaining the certificate is not a final process – it requires ongoing compliance and improvement to maintain standards.
  • Involvement of stakeholders
    To ensure successful certification and business operations, it is necessary to involve employees, suppliers, and partners in the certification process and sustainability practices.

In summary, it is important to emphasize that ISCC certificate for a used cooking oil collection point is a way not only to enter the market, but also to demonstrate sustainability and commitment to compliance. However, this process requires careful preparation, consistent documentation, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Upon receiving ISCC certificate, the collection point plays a crucial role in the circular economy, turning waste into valuable resources and reducing environmental impact.

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