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  • 4 February 2024: New Updates and Clarifications in the ISCC System

    In this announcement, ISCC is excited to share with us the latest updates and clarifications within the ISCC System. These changes are crucial for ensuring compliance and efficiency in various certification processes. ISCC urge you to disseminate this information among all relevant members of your staff to facilitate seamless adaptation. 1. Adaptations of Chapter 12.2 of the ISCC PLUS System Document for Group Certification Approach for Final Product Refinement (FPR) Activities The ISCC has recently undergone revisions regarding the group certification approach for Final Product Refinement (FPR) activities under ISCC PLUS, specifically in Chapter 12.2 of the ISCC PLUS System Document. These revisions aim to streamline processes and enhance effectiveness. Here are the key changes: Revised Requirements: Added Requirement: Group members shall now undergo audits on a sample basis, with the sample size determined according to ISCC EU 203 System Document v4.0 requirements. The risk level will be adjusted based on factors such as the involvement of external companies or the complexity of outsourced activities. Adjustments: A sample audit procedure for FPR group members will now be utilized during site audits. Specific outsourcing agreements between the group head and group members are no longer mandatory. Instead, verification of all relevant contracts is required. Only external group members are obligated to provide a 'self-declaration' to the FPR group head. These changes are effective immediately and will be integrated into the next update of the ISCC PLUS System Document, with corresponding updates to the APS system. 2. ISCC EU: Update of the Gap Audit Procedure Following the ISCC System Update on January 4, 2024, we announced the publication of revised ISCC EU System Documents and the requirement for all ISCC EU audits to adhere to updated European Commission regulations. To facilitate this transition, we have updated the Gap Audit Procedure: Key Updates: The revised Gap Audit Procedures now accurately reflect the required level of assurance (limited or reasonable) for ISCC EU audits. These procedures also acknowledge the possibility of applying maximum mass balance periods, ensuring flexibility in compliance. Version 4.1 of ISCC EU Documents 103, 201, and 204 provide detailed information on these updates. The updated Gap Audit Procedures (v1.2) are available on the ISCC website and must be implemented immediately for all ISCC EU audits. For Certification Bodies and Auditors, word versions of the Gap Audit Procedures are accessible on the ISCC website's CB section (login required). These procedures must be submitted as part of the certificate submission or modification process in the ISCC HUB. Please note that until further notice, audits under ISCC PLUS will continue to follow the approach outlined in the previous version of the ISCC System Documents (v4.0), maintaining at least a "limited assurance level." By staying informed and adhering to these updates, we can collectively ensure the integrity and credibility of the ISCC System. Should you have any questions or require further clarification, do not hesitate to reach out to the ISCC team. Your journey towards sustainable practices begins with us. At Peterson Projects and Solutions Indonesia, we specialise in guiding businesses like yours through the intricacies of updated ISCC compliance with our expertise. Let us be your partner in realising your sustainable goals. Reach out to our team today to initiate a collaboration that drives positive change for your business and the environment. Together, we propel sustainability forward with confidence and compliance. Source: https://www.iscc-system.org/updates/2-february-2024/

  • What to Do in Extra Day "February 29th": Leap Day Green Movement!

    Green Leap Day - 29 February, the elusive extra day that appears once every four years, seems almost mystical in its rarity. How can a day just materialize out of thin air? Well, it's all thanks to the quirks of our calendar system, a blend of mathematics, astronomy, and human ingenuity. This leap year phenomenon keeps our calendars aligned with the Earth's revolutions around the sun, ensuring the seasons don't drift out of sync over time and always maintaining temporal order. However, as we've recently come to realize, climate change has begun to alter this equilibrium, leading to shifts in seasons. This phenomenon is largely attributed to global warming. Therefore, as inhabitants of Earth, we all must utilize the time available to rectify this. The presence of a bonus day in February can serve as a special occasion to start loving the Earth. Making Every Moment Count: Green Activities for Leap Day Now that we've grasped the significance of this bonus day let's ponder how we can make the most of it in a way that honours our planet. Here are some green activities to fill your February 29th with purpose and eco-consciousness: Community Clean-up: Gather friends, family, or neighbours for a local park or beach clean-up. Spend the day removing litter and debris, restoring the natural beauty of your surroundings. Plant a Tree: Trees are vital for combating climate change, so why not contribute by planting one? Whether in your backyard, a community garden, or a designated reforestation area, every sapling makes a difference. Zero Waste Challenge: Dedicate the day to producing as little waste as possible. Opt for reusable items, avoid single-use plastics, and get creative with upcycling projects. Outdoor Adventure: Explore the great outdoors on foot or by bike. Choose human-powered transportation to reduce your carbon footprint and connect with nature firsthand. Educational Workshops: Attend or host workshops on sustainable living practices, from composting and recycling to renewable energy solutions. Knowledge is power, and sharing ideas can inspire positive change. Using Sustainable Certified Product: Opt for products with recognized sustainability certifications, such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for wood products or Fair Trade for consumer goods. Supporting eco-friendly products encourages responsible production and consumption practices, contributing to a healthier planet. Other certifications include Rainforest Alliance Certified for environmentally conscious farming, UTZ Certified for cocoa, coffee, and tea products produced to sustainability standards, and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified for seafood sourced from sustainably managed fisheries. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is applied to organic textile products, while Cradle to Cradle Certified indicates products designed to minimize environmental impact. By choosing these products, we can ensure that our consumption has a positive impact on the environment and society A Call to Action: Embrace Sustainable Living Every Day As February 29th draws to a close, let's carry the spirit of environmental stewardship beyond this special occasion. Let every day be an opportunity to tread lightly on the Earth, making mindful choices that support a greener, more sustainable future for all. Don't Forget: Start Your Green Movement Today! As you embark on your journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle, remember that you're not alone. Peterson Projects and Solutions Indonesia stands ready to support your green initiatives every step of the way. As trusted sustainability consultants, we offer expert guidance and accompaniment to help you achieve your sustainability goals. Let's work together to create a brighter, greener tomorrow. Use this special rare day to start all your movements in this green spirit.

  • BRIN: Indonesia's First Tornado Is A Climate Change Impact

    Tornado, a Climate Change Impact? Tornado a Climate Change Impact - On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, a tornado event shook Rancaekek, Bandung, West Java, highlighting not only the threat of extreme weather but also shedding light on what BRIN calls the first tornado in Indonesia. This event is suspected to be a possible consequence of climate change related to land use conversion and the loss of green areas. The phenomenon sparked heated discussions across various platforms, emerging as a trending topic on social media. According to the local Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), the incident occurred around 3:30 to 4:00 PM local time and its effects were felt as far as Jatinangor, Sumedang. Senior Researcher at the Climate and Atmospheric Research Center of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Didi Satiadi, stated that this phenomenon resulted from extreme weather displaying the characteristics of a very strong tornado. In English, tornadoes are known as microscale tornadoes or small-scale tornadoes. Didi explained that tornado phenomena are characterized by wide-impact areas and very strong intensities, damaging buildings and vehicles. Land Use Conversion and Increased Risk Rancaekek, once known as a green area with abundant trees, has now undergone a change in function to an industrial zone. This change has not only altered the land use pattern but also increased the risk of extreme events such as tornadoes. Eddy Hermawan, a Professor at the Climate and Atmospheric Research Center of BRIN, highlighted that this change has led to high daytime temperatures and low nighttime temperatures, creating low-pressure conditions that trigger cloud formation. Lack of Green Areas and Local Climate Change The loss of green areas can also result in significant local climate change. The industries developing in Rancaekek produce emission gases that contribute to climate change. With limited areas covered by vegetation, the region loses the ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air, which in turn can exacerbate climate change. Limitations of Prediction and Further Research Although initial research indicates a connection between land use conversion and the loss of green areas with extreme events such as tornadoes, there are still limitations in understanding and accurately predicting them. Albertus Sulaiman, Head of the Climate and Atmospheric Research Center of BRIN, emphasizes the need for better observation and deep understanding of local climate dynamics to reduce the risk of future extreme events. Challenges and Hopes Ahead Facing climate change triggered by land use conversion and the lack of green areas requires collaborative efforts from various parties. Technological innovation, further research, and public awareness of the importance of environmental preservation will be key to addressing these challenges. Thus, it is hoped that the risks and impacts of local climate change occurring in Rancaekek and its surrounding areas can be minimized.

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