InfoSAWT, JAKARTA -As Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) runs, the palm oil producers are introduced to new certificate nationally. It is International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). It has been tested since 2010 in some palm oil plantations. By 2011, there had been some certificates given to palm oil producers, such as, Asian Agri Group.
ISCC is the first international certification system which is claimed that it can prove the sustainability, traceability and the saving of green – house gas effect for every kind of biomass production (the second generation of renewable energy). Through ISCC scheme, CPO which is successfully certified would get premium incentive price reaching US$ 20 – US$ 30/ton in the global markets.
The regulation and the procedures to get ISCC certificate derive from the biomass and bio-energy which are used as the material sources of energy and the power plants. The main goal of ISCC certificate is to reduce the green – house gas effects, cultivate the sustainable areas, and protect the nature, and social sustainability.
ISCC certificate is independently done by the auditor from the certification boards which are nationally admitted,and Federal Bureau for the Food and Agriculture and also cooperates with ISCC. The audit is done based on the documented procedure and audit lists in ISCC which keep developing.The advantages are: ISCC could be used to certify kinds of biomass form, such as, wheat, sugarcane, corn, soybean, and palm oil.
The representative of ISCC, AndrasFeige explained, ISCC certificate derives from the needs of environmental bio-energy. It is needed to press the green – house gas effect which may make global warming. So ISCC certificate could be implemented for kinds of vegetable oil.
“ISCC becomes the certificate to calculate the bio-energy which derives from bio-energy deriving from biomass in the plantation. By producing bio-energy, the green – house gas as the emission could be pressed (reduced) and calculated as part of the business contribution to the global warming,” Andras said.(T1)
This article once published in InfoSAWIT, June 2018