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Carbon Offset Verification

Landfill, Livestock, and ODS

Develop carbon credits through your landfill gas, ozone depleting substances (ODS), and livestock offset projects that are credible, transparent, and tradable in global carbon markets. SCS Global Services is globally recognized as a verifier of carbon offset projects.

SCS is ISO 14065 accredited to offer landfill carbon offset project verification under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate Action Reserve (CAR). SCS is accredited under the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for ODS and livestock projects.

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Robert J. Hrubes, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President

510.452.8007
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Christie Pollet-Young
Director, Greenhouse Gas Verification

510.452.9093
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Benefits of Carbon Offset Verification

Service Offerings

SCS Global Services works with project developers, investment funds, and private and municipal landfill operators. Our verifiers are skilled in carbon offset project evaluation, engineering, and third party verification.

Project Types

We can verify the following project types:

  • Landfill Methane Destruction
  • Livestock Methane Destruction
  • Ozone Depleting Substances Destruction
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
 
SCS Services
  • Pre-assessment or gap analysis - We can conduct a gap analysis prior to initiating the project. A gap analysis can identify technical issues prior to final verification.
  • Project design validation - Validate the design of your offset project with SCS to determine your eligibility for verification. Please contact our GHG verification staff at any point in the development stages of your project.
  • Verification of project-based emissions reductions - We verify GHG emission reductions associated with the collection and destruction of greenhouse gases.

Process

SCS will guide your business through the verification process and provide personalized attention with a fast turnaround and a high-level of service tailored to your needs.

  1. Application

    Complete an application form, including a description of the project and its location. SCS staff will return a proposal to you for signature. To initiate the verification process, return a signed proposal and contract agreement.

  2. Submit Project Documentation

    SCS will conduct a desk review of all project documentation and issues findings to the applicant. You have an opportunity to correct each finding before the site visit.

  3. On Site Visit

    We will conduct site visit(s) to assess the project's compliance with the relevant program standards. This includes an office visit and a field visit.

  4. Draft Verification Report

    SCS will issue a draft verification report that details findings from the site visit. You have an opportunity to address findings before the final verification decision is made.

  5. Technical Review

    A lead verifier who was not involved in the audit will do an independent review of the draft verification report.

  6. Verification Report

    The final verification opinion is submitted to the applicable greenhouse gas registry for issuance of carbon offsets (as warranted).

FAQs

What is the difference between validation and verification?

Validation is the process of evaluating a project's plan for absorbing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions. Verification is the process of evaluating calculations of the actual amount of greenhouse gases that have been absorbed or avoided by a project.

How long will the carbon offset verification process take?

A typical verification takes 3-4 months. The length of verification depends on the size and complexity of the project, the standards used, and project type.

How much does it cost?

Cost depends on factors such as project size, location, complexity, type, the standards used, and level of preparedness. Contact SCS for a customized quote.

What information do I need to provide to get a quote?

Filling out an application will provide SCS with the information needed to create a price quote. A complete application allows SCS to produce an accurate quote quickly.

How do I know when my project is ready for validation and verification?

Projects can be validated and verified once they have a completed Project Description Document. SCS often recommends conducting an internal audit to make sure the document is complete and to save time.

Do you help project developers sell offsets or credits?

As an independent auditor, SCS does not participate in the buying, selling, or marketing of credits. If a project is verified, it may facilitate issuance of credits.

Does SCS help with project development?

No, as an independent third-party verifier, we do not participate in project consulting.

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