Improved communication and information-exchange between voluntary schemes in case of certification-related issues
In response to the European biodiesel market being flooded with vast quantities of Chinese biodiesel with partially doubtful declarations of origin and feedstock, the voluntary schemes ISCC, 2BSvs, KZR INiG, RSB and REDcert have agreed to improve their already established communication channels for exchanging certification-related information.
As all schemes already provide a publicly available and up-to-date list of certificates indicating the status and scope of an economic operatorâ€™s certification â€“ including the certification history under the particular scheme â€“ there will be now a systematic and immediate exchange of suspended and withdrawn certificates between those schemes. The sharing of this information will contribute to the common goal of preventing economic operators from â€˜scheme hoppingâ€™ as a result of suspended or withdrawn certificates. The exchange of such information allows all voluntary scheme to cross-check new applicantsâ€™ background, and in particular, their certification history and any related incidents before they are accepted/contracted under a scheme.
The voluntary schemes have also agreed to establish a regular platform for collaboration, where system updates and continuous improvement processes can be discussed and harmonised in a mutual and proactive way.
we are pleased to announce that on December 14, 2022 the following has been issued COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2022/2461 recognising the â€˜KZR INiGâ€™ scheme for demonstrating compliance with the requirements set out in Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards biofuels, bioliquids, biomass fuels, renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin and recycled carbon fuels and repealing Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/603.
The decision expands the scope of KZR INiG certification to include Article 29 (6-7) of Directive 2018/2011 (forest biomass).
This makes KZR INiG the only voluntary system globally recognized by the European Commission to offer certification for the full scope of the RED II Directive: both liquid biofuels and biomass fuels, and one of three certification schemes for forest biomass.