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S-OIL achieves ISCC triple

S-OIL achieves ISCC triple
S-OIL has achieved three ISCC certifications through the global certification body Control Union announced at a ceremony at its headquarters building in Mapo-gu, Seoul on April 4, 2024 (photo courtesy S-OIL).

In South Korea, oil refiner and petrochemical company S-OIL Corporation (S-OIL) has announced that it has been awarded three types of green certifications on sustainable and low-carbon products from the international green certification system, International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), at the same time.

The ISCC triple S-OIL obtained includes the ISCC Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA),  a first among Korean refiners, which officially certifies the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in international aviation.

A first for South Korea

Alongside this, it simultaneously received ISCC EU, which certifies the production of low-carbon fuel products as stated in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and ISCC PLUS, eco-friendly product certification in the voluntary market.

In particular, ISCC CORSIA will allow S-OIL to produce CORSIA-certified SAF for the first time in South Korea. Since January 2024, the refiner has incorporated bio-based raw materials such as used cooking oil (UCO) and palm byproducts, into its refining processes to produce fuel products.

According to the company, ISCC certification will set the stage for the company to produce SAF that can slash greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by roughly 90 percent compared to conventional jet fuels, thereby allowing it to contribute greatly to decarbonization in the aviation area.

CORSIA mandatory from 2027

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) under the UN ran CORSIA in the international aviation area on a trial basis from 2021 to 2023 to reduce GHG emissions there.

Starting this year, air carriers in 126 countries, including South Korea, are participating in the program voluntarily. The program will become mandatory from 2027, applying to all air carriers around the world.

Once CORSIA becomes mandatory, SAF demand is expected to surge amid global efforts to decarbonize the aviation area. The aviation industry projects SAF to become an irreplaceable fuel in the aviation area, considering its technological specialty and safety.

As S-OIL acquired the international certification to produce SAF that meets CORSIA requirements for the first time in Korea, it can contribute substantially to protecting land through the use of bio-based raw materials and conserving biodiversity, not to mention cutting GHG emissions in the aviation area. The latest acquisition of the certification is the first step toward S-OIL’s pivot to a clean energy supplier to achieve sustainable growth, and we’ll further strive to distribute biofuels and circular products that can contribute to building a resource circulation structure in order to align ourselves with the global decarbonization trend, said Ryu Yul, President for Corporate Strategy and Services at S-OIL.

Foster biofuels and circular economy

S-OIL’s simultaneous acquisition of ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS is also expected to serve as an opportunity to contribute extensively to vitalizing the biofuel industry and further fostering the circular economy.

On January 29, 2024, S-OIL began to introduce bio-based feedstocks for co-processing, a first for an oil refiner in South Korea (photo courtesy S-OIL).

ISCC EU is a certification that companies must acquire to export biofuels in the European market.

S-OIL is projected to effectively pursue the sustainability and market expansion of its fuel business as it becomes capable of producing biofuels that comply with the renewable energy guidelines of the European Union.

ISCC PLUS is a voluntary certification system for sustainable biomass and circular resources. It is used to demonstrate the sustainability of the use of circular resources and biomass voluntarily.

S-OIL will take the acquisition of ISCC PLUS as an opportunity to spur the production of circular chemicals.

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