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Document 32015D0887

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/887 of 9 June 2015 on recognition of the ‘Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops Limited’ scheme for demonstrating compliance with the sustainability criteria under Directives 98/70/EC and 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Commission Implementing Decision 2012/427/EU

C/2015/3775

OJ L 144, 10.6.2015, p. 17–19 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec_impl/2015/887/oj

10.6.2015   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 144/17


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2015/887

of 9 June 2015

on recognition of the ‘Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops Limited’ scheme for demonstrating compliance with the sustainability criteria under Directives 98/70/EC and 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Commission Implementing Decision 2012/427/EU

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Directive 98/70/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 October 1998 relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Council Directive 93/12/EEC (1), and in particular Article 7c(6) thereof,

Having regard to Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC (2), and in particular Article 18(6) thereof,

After consulting the Committee on the Sustainability of Biofuels and Bioliquids,

Whereas:

(1)

Directives 98/70/EC and 2009/28/EC both lay down sustainability criteria for biofuels. Provisions of Article 7b, 7c and Annex IV of Directive 98/70/EC are similar to provisions of 17, 18 and Annex V of Directive 2009/28/EC.

(2)

Where biofuels and bioliquids are to be taken into account for the purposes referred to in Article 17(1)(a), (b) and (c) of Directive 2009/28/EC, Member States should require economic operators to show the compliance of biofuels and bioliquids with the sustainability criteria set out in Article 17(2) to (5) of Directive 2009/28/EC.

(3)

The Commission may decide that a voluntary national or international scheme demonstrates that consignments of biofuel comply with the sustainability criteria set out in Article 17(3) to (5) of Directive 2009/28/EC or that a voluntary national or international scheme to measure greenhouse gas emission savings contains accurate data for the purposes of Article 17(2) of that Directive.

(4)

When an economic operator provides proof or data obtained in accordance with a voluntary scheme that has been recognised by the Commission, to the extent covered by the recognition decision, a Member State should not require the supplier to provide further evidence of compliance with the sustainability criteria.

(5)

The ‘Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops Limited’ scheme was recognised by Commission Implementing Decision 2012/427/EU (3) for a specified list of crops. On 30 June 2014, that scheme submitted to the Commission the request to recognise it for an extended list of crops. The updated scheme covers all cereals and oilseeds produced in the north of Great Britain up to the first point of delivery of these crops. The recognised scheme should be made available at the transparency platform established under Directive 2009/28/EC.

(6)

Assessment of the ‘Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops Limited’ scheme found it to adequately cover the sustainability criteria set out in Article 7b(3), (4) and (5) of Directive 98/70/EC and Article 17(3), (4) and (5) of Directive 2009/28/EC, as well as applying up to the first point of delivery of these crops a mass balance methodology in line with the requirements of Article 7c(1) of Directive 98/70/EC and Article 18(1) of Directive 2009/28/EC. The scheme gives accurate data on two elements necessary for the purposes of Article 7b(2) of Directive 98/70/EC and Article 17(2) of Directive 2009/28/EC, namely, the geographic area the crops come from and the annualised emissions from carbon stock changes caused by land-use change. A small percentage of members of the scheme do not cover the sustainability criteria for part of their land. The scheme indicates the status of full or partial compliance of the land of its members in its online member checker database and shows compliance of consignments with the sustainability criteria on the Scottish Quality Crops passport.

(7)

The evaluation of the ‘Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops Limited’ scheme found that it meets adequate standards of reliability, transparency and independent auditing.

(8)

Any additional sustainability elements covered by the ‘Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops Limited’ scheme are not part of the consideration of this Decision. These additional sustainability elements are not mandatory to show compliance with sustainability requirements provided for by Directives 98/70/EC and 2009/28/EC.

(9)

Implementing Decision 2012/427/EU recognising the scheme for a more limited scope of crops should therefore be repealed.

(10)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee on the Sustainability of Biofuels and Bioliquids,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The voluntary scheme ‘Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops Limited’ (hereinafter ‘the scheme’), submitted to the Commission on 30 June 2014 for recognition of an extended list of crops demonstrates by means of its Scottish Quality Crops passport that consignments of raw material comply with the sustainability criteria set out in Articles 17(3), 17(4) and 17(5) of Directive 2009/28/EC and Articles 7b(3), 7b(4) and 7b(5) of Directive 98/70/EC.

The scheme contains accurate data for purposes of Article 17(2) of Directive 2009/28/EC and Article 7b(2) of Directive 98/70/EC in as far as it concerns annualised emissions from carbon stock changes caused by land-use change (e l ) referred to in point 1 of part C of Annex IV of Directive 98/70/EC and point 1 of part C of Annex V of Directive 2009/28/EC, which it demonstrates to be equal to zero, and the geographic area referred to in point 6 of part C of Annex IV of Directive 98/70/EC and point 6 of part C of Annex V of Directive 2009/28/EC.

The scheme may be used up to the first point of delivery for the consignments concerned for demonstrating compliance with Article 7c(1) of Directive 98/70/EC and Article 18(1) of Directive 2009/28/EC.

Article 2

The Decision is valid for a period of five years after it enters into force. If the scheme, after adoption of this Decision, undergoes changes to its contents in a way that might affect the basis of this Decision, such changes shall be notified to the Commission without delay. The Commission shall assess the notified changes with a view to establishing whether the scheme is still adequately covering the sustainability criteria for which it is recognised.

If it has been clearly demonstrated that the scheme has not implemented elements considered to be decisive for this Decision and if a severe and structural breach of those elements has taken place, the Commission may repeal this Decision.

Article 3

Implementing Decision 2012/427/EU is repealed.

Article 4

This Decision shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels, 9 June 2015.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 350, 28.12.1998, p. 58.

(2)  OJ L 140, 5.6.2009, p. 16.

(3)  Commission Implementing Decision 2012/427/EU of 24 July 2012 on recognition of the ‘Scottish Quality Farm Assured Combinable Crops Limited’ scheme for demonstrating compliance with the sustainability criteria under Directives 98/70/EC and 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 198, 25.7.2012, p. 17).


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