Promotion of the bio- and circular economy
ISCC PLUS and REDcert² are leading sustainability certification systems for bio-based and recycled materials in the chemical industry (e.g. based on sugar cane, vegetable oil/fat waste or recyclate). By using sustainable material flows, BIO-FED contributes to the saving of fossil resources or to the promotion of the Bioeconomy and Circular Economy.
Chain of custody certification
ISCC PLUS and REDcert² certifications ensure the traceability of the sustainable material flow along the entire value chain. Every chain element up to the production of the final product is certified (chain-of-custody certification), allowing the product to be labelled as sustainably certified to the end consumer. The following is an example of a ISCC PLUS supply chain.
*In addition, there is the possibility for brand owners to buy a license from ISCC PLUS in order to be able to promote final ISCC PLUS products even without certification.
Products without rainforest deforestation
Chain-of-custody certification makes it possible to trace the place of origin of the sustainable raw material source. Certified waste streams are audited to ensure that they are not intentionally produced or contaminated to be considered waste.
Certain sustainability requirements apply to the agriculture of arable crops, including:
- Protection of areas with high carbon stocks (e.g. rainforests, peat bogs) and with high biodiversity
- Sustainable management to protect soils and waters
- Respect for human rights
Mass Balance Approach
The value chain of products in the chemical industry is often very complex. In order to be able to track the sustainable material flow in a simple way, the mass balance approach is used.
We use the allocation factor to show how much biomass and/or recycled material is allocated to the certified product. The allocation factor indicates the proportion of fossil resources that have been replaced by biomass and/or recyclate in the value chain of the material. It is given as a percentage (max. 100%) and refers to the organic share of the product. The correctness of the allocation is confirmed by ISCC PLUS or REDcert² certification.
The principle behind this is the same as for green electricity:
The consumer does not know whether the electricity from his socket is generated directly from renewable energies. However, the electricity provider is obliged to feed the corresponding amount into the power grid. Overall, this increases the amount of green electricity. Similarly, the use of sustainable materials is increasing in the chemical industry. The following graphic illustrates the mass balance approach.
ISCC PLUS or REDcert² certified products
- Saving fossil finite resources
- Support of a sustainable economy – Bioeconomy and Circular Economy
- Ecologically and socially sustainable production in accordance with the requirements of ISCC PLUS/REDcert² is guaranteed
- The correct allocation of biomass/recycled material to the product is verified by an independent external service provider
Do you have questions about the ISCC PLUS or REDcert² certification systems?
The certification systems ISCC PLUS and REDcert² are identical in terms of the basic principle but differ in detail. If you would like to know more about the certification systems, please feel free to contact us.Contact