Sustainable Agriculture & Agro-Energy – our consulting service

How to achieve sustainable agriculture & agro-energy goals

Sustainable AgricultureTo be sustainable, agriculture must meet the needs of present and future generations, while ensuring profitability, environmental health, and social and economic equity. Sustainable food and agriculture (SFA) contribute to all four pillars of food security (availability, access, utilization and stability) and the dimensions of sustainability (environmental, social and economic). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations promotes SFA to help countries worldwide achieve Zero Hunger and the Sustainable Development Goals

Today, the concept of Sustainable Agriculture is closely related to the concept of Agro-Energy. Agro-Energy is the energy deriving from agricultural activities through the production of biomasses by energy crops, by-products and agricultural wastes. Biofuels, or agrofuels, are the products resulting from the processing of these biomasses. 

Discover the benefits

Benefits of a sustainable agriculture are well summarized in the 5 FAO key principles:

How does RINA support Sustainable Agriculture & Agro-Eenergy?

RINA provides technical and specialised support through multi-disciplinary consulting teams, capable of meeting all your needs:

Energy assessments  

Resource Efficiency Assessments (energy efficiency, water efficiency and irrigation optimization, waste management / GHG emission assessment and Soil Carbon analysis (biochar production) / Life Cycle Assessment / Climate Change impact studies / ISCC Certification support whilst also meeting low ILUC-risk requirements of additionality / Best Available Technologies and Practices scouting 

Environmental and Social assessments (E&S) 

E&S scoping studies and risk categorization / Land acquisition and resettlement reviews / Indigenous people reviews and studies / Human rights studies and impact assessments / Labour & working conditions and accommodation audits / Community development strategies / Stakeholder Engagement  

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services  

Analysis of Land Use Change / Remote Sensing & GIS / Biodiversity / Critical Habitat / Mitigation Measures, Natura 2000 & Protected Areas  

Legal assessments  

Permitting / Technical and methodological studies, assessment of Company standards, local legislation or other alternative EU certification schemes and directives 

Why choose RINA for Sustainable Agriculture & Agro-Energy services?

RINA's experience in supporting the agrifood sector is based on an integrated approach that leverages the skills of our Sustainability team. Our services include the evaluation of GHG emissions across the entire value and supply chain, the analysis of land and use change, environmental and social impact studies, the analysis of vulnerability and risk associated with climate change, the evaluation of new technologies and practices to improve agricultural activities. 

Furthermore, we support oil companies and stakeholders in the sustainable implementation of agri-feedstock initiatives for biofuel production. Our approach covers the entire supply chain and follows the principles of the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), while also meeting low Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) risk requirement of additionality. 

Our experts answer to the most frequently questions

The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) is an independent multi-stakeholder initiative and leading certification system supporting sustainable, fully traceable, deforestation-free and climate-friendly supply chains.

Through several chain-of-custody certification systems to address different market requirements, ISCC Certification covers sustainable agricultural biomass, biogenic wastes and residues, non-biological renewable materials and recycled carbon-based materials.
Chain-of-custody certification means that every operational entity in the supply chain is ISCC certified to ensure traceability and feedstock identity.

The ISCC sustainability requirements for farms and plantations specifically are laid down in the form of six principles.
The compliance of system users with said principles contributes to the vision of a world without deforestation and sustainable agriculture which increases biodiversity and creates healthy ecosystems.

- Principle 1: Protection of land with high biodiversity value or high carbon stock
- Principle 2: Environmentally responsible production to protect soil, water and air
- Principle 3: Safe working conditions
- Principle 4: Compliance with human and labour rights and responsible community relations
- Principle 5: Compliance with land rights, laws and international treaties
- Principle 6: Good management practices and continuous improvement

With ISCC, your Company can contribute to environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production.

RINA offer consulting services to technically assist its customers to be in compliance with the ISCC sustainability requirements.

Federica Cugnach Energy & Resource Efficiency Senior Engineer

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