MCS study „Analysis of the palm oil market in Germany in 2019“ is published!

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Smallholder APP will increase traceability

Meo Carbon Solution, in a joint project with Global Risk Assessment Services (GRAS) and International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), developed a new and user-friendly mobile application which allows mapping, tracking and monitoring of smallholders.

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Research and demonstration project on renewable jet fuel

MCS was partner in the DEMO-SPK project by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). It successfully demonstrated the use of renewable jet fuel in the general fuel supply infrastructure.

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MCS presented at 4C seminar series „Sustainable Coffee Day II“

This week the second round of 4C’s online seminars dealing with the sustainability in the coffee sector and its way to climate neutrality started with great success. Our director Dr. Jan Henke was invited to give a presentation about carbon footprint calculations and reduction measures within the coffee sector as well as climate friendly coffee certification. Further great speakers from Nestlé and ISCC also gave deep insights regarding the importance of sustainable coffee production and once again highlighted the great need to act! In the coming weeks, 4C will be holding more exciting online seminars on this important topic. Check out their website to participate here.

Our latest article on an Integrated Sustainability Risk Analysis for Certification is published

Under the title „Combining Environmental Footprint Models, Remote Sensing Data, and Certification Data towards an Integrated Sustainability Risk Analysis for Certification in the Case of Palm Oil“ Meo Carbon Solutions has published a new article together with co-authors from the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Global Risk Assessment Services (GRAS).
The article is published in the journal „Sustainability“ as part of the special issue „Sustainability and Standardization“. The outlined conceptual approach is about an integrated sustainability risk analysis of processes and products used within the Bioeconomy by taking into account footprint modelling data, the use of sustainability certification systems, and data and results from remote sensing analyses. Monitoring the potential impacts of the growing Bioeconomy (BE) is a crucial precondition for the development of viable and sustainable strategies. Click here to read the abstract and to get access to the complete version of our paper as PDF download.

MCS has participated in the 4C online seminar series „Sustainable Coffee Thursday“.

The international coffee certification scheme 4C Services is holding a series of online seminars in September and October revolving around sustainability problematics in the coffee sector. Various topics such as deforestation, biodiversity, climate change and social challenges within the coffee industry will be touched upon in the multiple rounds of bi-weekly seminars. Meo Carbon Solutions has held a presentation on “Greenhouse Gas Calculations in Coffee Supply Chains and Climate Friendly Coffee Certification with 4C” last Thursday 15 October 2020 with more than 100 participants. Click here for the 4C seminar page to download our presentation.

MCS welcomes the BMZ’s implication in favour of a more sustainable palm oil sector

MCS welcomes the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in favour of a more sustainable palm oil sector, by joining the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (FONAP) in July 2020 (press release). Next to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the BMZ is the second Federal Ministry in the Sustainable Palm Oil Forum. Alongside other stakeholders, including the BDSI and MCS, the BMZ therefore takes a proactive stance in supporting higher increased usage of sustainably certified palm oil in various sectors. Every two years, MCS conducts an independent scientific study on the use of palm oil in Germany on behalf of FONAP covering the sectors food, feed, chemicals, biofuels and care and cleaning products. The 4th version of the “Study for a comprehensive analysis of the palm oil sector in Germany” for 2019 is planned for later this year, so stay tuned for more information!

MCS Supports the German Supply Chain Act

Meo Carbon Solutions, as part of a group of 33 stakeholders within the Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chain Initiative, has committed itself to the Supply Chain Act. The Supply Chain Act binds the committing stakeholders, in support of the German Government’s initiative in favour of a stringent national supply chains regulation, to responsibilities in taking action against environmental and human rights violations within their supply chains. The Supply Chain Act will soon be submitted to the German Parliament’s scrutiny approval. Supporting the Supply Chain Act means taking a proactive stance in favour of more sustainable and transparent supply chains. The following companies and organisations have signed the joint statement for a supply chain law: 4C, Beckers Bester, Biodiversity in Good Company, Bodensee-Stiftung, dm Drogeriemarkt, Dr. Bronner’s, Einhorn, Fairtrade Deutschland, Followfood, GEPA, Global Nature Fund, GRAS, ISCC, Jaro Institute, Kafkao Republic, Kahlwax, meo, Naturamus, Naturland, Nestlé, Norevo, Rainforest Alliance, Ritter Sport, Roeper, Solidaridad, Symrise, Tchibo, tegut, travel to nature, WALA, Weleda, Welthungerhilfe, WWF. For further information click here.

MCS project partner Vynova has developed a unique approach on biobased PVC

The chemical company Vynova markets a line of PVC with biological properties that will help customers in all sectors to develop innovations and make their PVC products more sustainable. It is produced on the basis of renewable ethylene, a raw material derived from second-generation biomass, which means that the biomass does not compete with the food chain. Thanks to the introduction of renewable ethylene, significantly less fossil fuels are needed than in the conventional PVC production process. This reduces CO2 emissions by more than 90%. Vynova’s „bio-attributed“ PVC range is suitable for both hard and soft PVC applications in all sectors. Vynova’s Belgian site in Tessenderlo will produce the monomer that forms the basis for the PVC portfolio with bio-attributes. The company has chosen ISCC PLUS for the certification of its developed „bio-attributed“ PVC (see article).

MCS at this years ISCC Global Sustainability Conference in Brussels

On February 12 2020 the 10th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference took place at Residence Palace in Brussels, Belgium. The annual conference offered valuable insights into the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and the implementation in the Member States. Representatives from the European Commission and Member States presented policy updates that are highly valuable for professionals working in the renewable energy industry. Furthermore, the European Commission spoke about the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and forward-thinking companies unveiled their best strategies to implement holistic circular and bio-based approaches in the plastics industry. In addition, expert speakers gave an update on the latest developments in the transport sector, mapping and traceability tools and food security as part of certification schemes.

MCS informed the audience about new Sustainability Criteria for Solid Biomass and successful certification of lignofuels, based on processing residues from the forest industry or wood from agriculture (click here for the presentation). The year 2021 will be crucial for implementing sustainability criteria for solid biomass once RED II will be nationally implemented on June 30 – companies shall start to prepare for the future market. Some EU Member States already have sustainability requirements for solid biomass being eligible under national subsidiary schemes. ISCC is recognized in the Netherlands for its „ISCC Solid Biomass NL“ scheme.

MCS at the 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres

The two-day conference on Cellulose Fibres (11-12 February 2020) organized by the NOVA institute, a research institute with a focus on bio-based and CO2-based economy, gave interesting insights in what is moving the sector of cellulose fibres and the market for textiles in general, and where the industry is heading concerning major sustainability issues. The topic was discussed from different angles by amongst others fibre producers, retailers, research institutes and NGOs/NPOs. Cellulose fibres are the fastest growing fibre group in textiles. As a material with still mostly bio-based feedstocks, credible sustainability certification along the complex supply chain is a necessary and effective way to proof credibility towards customers and society. 

MCS therefore introduced the ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) scheme as it is a globally established sustainability certification scheme with a strong focus on deforestation-free supply chains and traceability. 

Wood is still the most important feedstock for the production of cellulose fibres. At the conference it became clear though, that the sector is developing innovative concepts and technologies to replace wood as feedstock and use waste and residue feedstocks instead. This way, they can contribute to a bio-based and circular economy.

10-Year Anniversary of MCS

This year Meo Carbon Solutions celebrates its 10th anniversary. Since 2009 MCS has continuously grown and expanded its project portfolio considerably to all fields of sustainability. Next to business projects we are also increasingly active in research projects. Started with regional clients in Germany and the EU, we are now cooperating with numerous international partners on shaping a sustainable future. We actively support businesses, NGOs, ministries and other institutions in implementing their sustainable visions. Have a look at our diverse references and project partners.
The success story of MCS is only possible due to the excellent work and dedication of all of our employees. Looking back at 10 years of MCS, we are proud of our achievements and thankful for all the great collaborations we had so far. In the future, we strive to continuously improve our work in cooperation with our clients as an innovative solution provider for sustainable supply chains.

Argus Biofuels Conference October 2019

The two-day Argus Biofuels conference in October 2019 featured many international speakers and experts across the full supply chain of biodiesel and ethanol. The Director of Meo Carbon Solutions, Dr. Jan Henke, presented in his talk „Compliance under Annex 9: How can we ensure RED certification criteria are met and protect against the risk of fraud?“ complexities of standardisation, risks around products with multipliers and around fraudulent biofuels.

UN Climate Action Summit 2019

The United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 took place on 23rd September in New York. UN Secretary-General António Guterres seeked to raise ambition reaching climate change objectives on a global level and called on all leaders for concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020 to reach the goal of net zero emissions by 2050. Above all stands the 2°C goal of the Paris Agreement. The summit especially functioned as a platform for governments, businesses and civil society to discuss and implement solutions fighting the climate crisis. The closing press release of the Summit can be found here.

Symobio 2nd Status Conference

The second Symobio status conference „Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy: Key Elements for Monitoring“ focussed on three areas:
– Resource base and sustainability / production of biomass
– Determination of economic indicators
– Systemic monitoring and modelling of the bioeconomy (SYMOBIO)
The conference was held in September 2019 in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) in Berlin.

Since March 2017, Meo Carbon Solutions and seven consortium partners, e.g. The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research and the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ, German Biomass Research Centre) work on the development of the scientific basis for a systemic monitoring and modelling of the bioeconomy. Additionally, the improved use of certification and life cycle assessment (LCA) will be explored. The SYMOBIO project is funded by the BMBF and runs until February 2020. Further information are available here.

Wildfires in the Amazon rainforest – Our Call for Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

Since the beginning of 2019, wildfires in the Amazon rainforest have been disproportionally devastating in comparison to previous years. The Brazilian Institute of Space Research (INPE) reported nearly 94,000 fires in 2019. Considered the lungs of the planet, rainforests are critical as carbon sinks and help stabilising the Earth’s climate. As highly biodiverse biospheres, the rainforest is home to many endemic and endangered species. Although fires have become common this year due to drier conditions, which are exacerbated by prior deforestation, the disproportional increase in fires does not match with the weather conditions. Instead, many fires are set by ranchers and farmers seeking to clear land for illegal cattle ranching, soy and other agricultural feedstocks. According to the latest annual report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), agriculture, food production and deforestation are among the major drivers of climate change. In collaboration with our partners, MCS promotes and supports deforestation free supply chains that protect forests from illegal activities that may result in wildfires.

Team Event Maastricht 2019 – We love bees!

At MCS, we support the conservation of biodiversity and understand the importance of honey bees and other pollinators for the ecosystems and agricultural crops. At this years team event we learned more about beekeeping and our little helpers at the Byeboere Social & Urban Beekeepers Project in Maastricht. For more information click here.

Earth Overshoot Day 2019

The 29th of July 2019 marks this year’s Earth Overshoot Day. By this date, we have consumed all the resources that the earth can provide sustainably for one whole year. In order not to deplete resources and drain our planet, we would have to stop consuming anything completely from now on until the 31st of December. Of course, we do nothing of the sort and hence we overtax our forests, soils, waterways and oceans – just like every year.
Meo Carbon Solutions together with its clients and worldwide projects works on solutions to reduce GHG emissions in cultivation, production and entire supply chains in various fields to reduce resource consumption, increase efficiency and fight climate change.

Traceability in the Palm Oil Sector

Asian Agri is one of the biggest palm oil producers in Indonesia and committed to traceable and sustainable supply chains with the help of ISCC, RSPO and ISPO certification. In 2018 the company commissioned Meo Carbon Solutions in a joint project with SNV to verify their claims on traceability. The traceability system is crucial in order to ensure deforestation-free palm oil production that is sustainable for farmers, the environment and Asian Agri itself. Further information on Asian Agri’s sustainability performance can be found in their current Sustainability Report 2017-2018.

Sustainable Foods Summit Amsterdam 2019

The Sustainable Foods Summit is a platform to discuss trends, developments and standards in the food industry – all in the context of sustainability. The importance of eco-labels and certification, sustainability metrics and sustainable ingredients are examples of many topics that are relevant to the Summit. The four sessions of the 2019 Summit in Amsterdam specifically focussed on general sustainability issues for the food industry, on food ingredients, new technologies and green packaging solutions. Meo Carbon Solutions supports companies producing agricultural goods entering the food market to calculate and manage their GHG emissions and paving the way to receive a sustainability certification. Further information and details of upcoming summits are presented here.

German Sustainable Action Days 2019

From the 30th of May to the 5th of June 2019 Meo Carbon Solutions participated in the German Sustainable Action Days (Deutsche Aktionstage Nachhaltigkeit). They are part of Europe’s Sustainable Development Week and aim to promote exemplary engagement and to raise public awareness of the topic. During the week, the employees of Meo Carbon Solutions organized various activities for their own team and for all employees and visitors to the office building in Cologne. For more information click here.

New Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)

The European Commission agreed on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (2018/2001/EU) that will replace the first Directive after 2020. The new version requires the EU to derive 32% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2030. Moreover, at least 14% of the energy consumed by the transport sector must come from renewable sources by 2030. The regulation also leaves the opportunity to raise both targets further by 2023 in case the costs of renewable energy production have reduced considerably or in case more ambitious targets are deemed necessary to meet the Union’s emission reduction obligation of 40 % compared to 1990.

2017 Palm Oil Market Study

The study „The palm oil market in Germany in 2017“ conducted by Meo Carbon Solutions assessed that 1.124.860 tons of palm oil and 119 300 tons of palm kernel oil were consumed in Germany in 2017. As the study on behalf of the German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (Forum für Nachhaltiges Palmöl, FONAP) is the third of its kind, Meo was able to identify a rise in the consumption of sustainable palm oil by 6% in comparison to 2015 (5% rise of sustainable palm kernel oil consumption). The consumption by sectors in 2017 breaks downs as following: energy 52%, food 22%, feed 13%, chemicals/pharmaceuticals 11%, cleaning products & cosmetics 3%.
Since 2013, overall palm oil consumption has been declining and the certified amounts of palm oil in non-energy quantities are increasing.

Systemic Monitoring and Modelling of the Bioeconomy (SYMOBIO)

Since March 2017, Meo Carbon Solutions and seven consortium partners, e.g. The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research and the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ, German Biomass Research Centre) work on the development of the scientific basis for a systemic monitoring of the bioeconomy. The SYMOBIO project (support code: 617 40003 031B0281F) is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The consortium is led by the Center for Environmental Systems Research, University Kassel. If you are interested in further information please do not hesitate to contact us. A more detailed project description can be found here.

2015 palm oil market study 

On September 27th 2016, Meo Carbon Solutions presented the results of the palm oil market study in Berlin. The study was conducted on behalf of the German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (Forum für Nachhaltiges Palmöl, FONAP).

Expansion of the EU-ETS

Meo Carbon Solutions has started a scientific project in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the University of Göttingen. The aim of the two year project is to develop options for an expansion of the EU-ETS guaranteeing equal conditions for competition for all types of renewable energies. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture through its Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR).

Article: Sustainable Palm Oil production with GRAS

Meo Carbon Solutions presents GRAS and its strategic role for supporting sustainable palm oil production in the article „Sustainability as a Success Factor for Palm Oil Producers Supplying the European Vegetable Oil Markets“ in the issue Vol. 16(1) 2016 of the Peer Reviewed Journal Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal (OPIEJ).

Article: Sustainable cosmetics and detergents

Meo Carbon Solutions presents ISCC PLUS, GRAS and the advantages of its adoption in the cosmetics and detergents sector in the article „Deforestation-free and traceable supply chains for the production of sustainable surfactants“ in the July/ August issue of the International Peer Reviewed Journal Household and Personal Care Today.

Meo presentation on Fachkongress Holzenergie

On October 7th Meo Carbon Solutions gave a presentation on „Analysis of sustainability risks for solid biomass using GRAS“ at the 16th Fachkongress Holzenergie in Augsburg, Germany

Meo presentation on Oleofuels conference 

On June 21st 2016 Meo Carbon Solutions presented the „Impact of latest developments in GHG requirements on biofuel markets” at the Oleofuels 2016 conference in Liverpool, UK.

Meo presentation on the 63. SEPAWA conference

On October 13th 2016, Meo Carbon Solutions presented results from the palm oil market study of the German Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil (Forum für Nachhaltiges Palmöl, FONAP) on the SEPAWA conference in Fulda.

Malaysian palm oil producers

After recent allegations of deforestation, peatland conversion and rights abuses in its supply chain, more and more companies are cutting back supplies from one of Malaysians biggest palm oil producing company.

Klasmann-Deilmann group footprint calculation by Meo

Culture and growing media market leader Klasmann-Deilmann reports the product and company footprint calculated by Meo Carbon Solutions in its 2016 annual sustainability report.

Sustainability risk assessment tool GRAS developed by Meo

The Global Risk Assessment Services tool GRAS developed by Meo with support of German FNR and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has been launched successfully and is available at