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Call for data: Standard yield curve for oil palm

We are seeking data on representative oil palm yield curves from agricultural ministries, research institutes, literature, and other stakeholders. This data is needed to develop a “standard” oil palm yield curve that can be used in the methodology to certify biomass from oil palm plantations included in the draft Implementing Act on “rules to verify sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria and low indirect land-use change-risk criteria”. The standard yield curve is combined with the actual yield from a plantation to estimate the baseline yield (an estimate of how the yield would have been in the absence of a yield increase measure).

We are reaching out to any stakeholders who may be able to provide representative oil palm yield curves. Data shared will be used to build an average yield curve that can be applied to different plantations. If desired, any data shared can be anonymized. Further information is included in this document.

We invite you to please send any data and literature references to  by 31 August.

Just released: EC public consultation on low ILUC-risk certification

Today the European Commission has published a draft Implementing Act on “rules to verify sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions saving criteria and low indirect land-use change-risk criteria” for stakeholder consultation. The draft Implementing Act aims to set out detailed rules for voluntary schemes to certify sustainable biofuels, bioliquids, and biomass fuels according to the REDII (Renewable Energy Directive (EU)2018/2001). Chapter V and Annex VIII of the draft Implementing Act set out rules for certifying low ILUC-risk biomass.

The documents can be downloaded via the European Commission website: http://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/isc-2021-03964_en.

The consultation is open until 27 July 2021 and feedback should be submitted via the European Commission website (link above).

First low ILUC risk pilot results presented at webinar

On the 19th of May 2021, the first Low ILUC results were presented for the pilots in Colombia, Uruguay, France, Malaysia, and Ukraine. The webinar reflected on the Low ILUC methodology on the basis of these pilot results and provided an opportunity for direct feedback and questions. It was attended by 200+ stakeholders.

In case you missed the webinar, you can watch the replay of the webinar here, and download the slide deck here! The slides include an Annex with more detailed findings per pilot, which was not presented during the webinar

We welcome any comments and feedback on the findings presented. For questions, please check the frequently asked questions, or send us your question by e-mail.

Save the date! | Webinar on first results of the Low ILUC pilots

On Wednesday, May 19 at 14:00-17:00 CET, the Low ILUC project team will present the first results of the project to pilot the certification of low indirect land-use change (ILUC) risk biofuels, bioliquids, and biomass fuels. The presentation will focus on the findings from the first round of audits on the five pilot projects, which took place across different geographical regions and crops. There will be an opportunity to provide us with your feedback on the Low ILUC risk certification methodology. Following the webinar, we will plan in-depth sessions on the topics of additionality, setting a dynamic yield baseline for oil palm, and sequential cropping. Please indicate your interest in these sessions via the registration link below. You can register for the webinar here!

If you have any further questions, please contact .

Low ILUC-risk biomass certification pilot audits underway globally

The pilot audits for low ILUC-risk biomass certification are currently underway in five different countries around the world. Despite international and domestic travel restrictions due to COVID-19, the pilot audits will continue and this first round of audits will be conducted remotely in most instances, as is common practice since the start of the global pandemic.

The five pilots cover a broad range of feedstocks, including oilseeds and cereals, as well as a geographical breadth of countries. Four of the pilots focus on yield increase and one focuses on recultivation of abandoned land that was formerly agricultural land. The yield increase pilots implement sequential cropping and yield increase for a perennial crop, as these are important parts of the low ILUC-risk methodology to test and further develop.

pilot audits

The aim of the pilot audits is to test the low ILUC-risk certification methodology that was presented to stakeholders in a webinar last November. The methodology builds on the criteria for low ILUC-risk biofuels set out in the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/807, and has been converted into a draft certification standard designed to be used as an add-on to an EC-recognised voluntary scheme.

The pilots are a collaborative effort between economic operators who provide the opportunity to test a “real-life” example and provide their data and insights and local auditors who provide insight on the robustness and “auditability” of the methodology in practice. The aims of the consortium partners are to reflect on the issues confronted when implementing the methodology in practice, to review the approach, and provide advice to the Commission to further enhance it. 

The findings from the first round of pilot audits will be shared in the spring. In the meantime, we invite all stakeholders to provide us with any input or questions at .