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Carbon Offset Verification

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Carbon Offset Verification
For Energy and Transportation Projects
Blake Troxel, Manager, Greenhouse Gas Verification510.452.9091 Email
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Ensure that carbon credits generated through your carbon offset projects are tradeable in global carbon markets. Choose SCS Global Services as your service provider to validate and verify your renewable energy, energy efficiency and transportation improvements initiatives.

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Eligible Project Types

We work with project developers engaged in renewable energy, energy efficiency and transportation projects, and we are accredited to validate and verify the following project types:

  • Renewable Energy

  • Solar panels
  • Solar thermal collectors
  • Wind farms
  • Hydropower generators
  • Geothermal power plants
  • Fuel cell storage
  • Energy Efficiency

  • Biogas fuel switching projects
  • Biomass cogeneration
  • Natural gas cogeneration
  • Waste heat recovery
  • Coal mine methane capture
  • Transportation

  • Intermodal or alternative transportation projects
  • Employee commute or business travel reduction projects
Service Offerings

Our lead verifiers are skilled in carbon offset project evaluation, engineering, and third-party verification. We offer:

  • Pre-assessment or gap analysis - To identify technical issues prior to verification or validation in order to streamline the audit process.
  • Project design validation - Conducted either prior to verification or simultaneously if required by the scheme. Validation ensures that your GHG emission reduction plan is complete, accurate and transparent.
  • Verification of emissions reductions - To demonstrate that your GHG emission reductions have been calculated in accordance with the chosen methodology.
Complementary Services

In addition, SCS provides carbon footprint measurement and verification for any entity or corporation. SCS is accredited to offer measurement and verification of greenhouse gas inventories under The Climate Registry, the World Resources Institute and the Carbon Disclosure Project.

  1. Review Project Documentation

  2. We conduct a desk review of all project documentation and issue our findings to you. You have an opportunity to correct each finding before the site visit.

  3. On-Site Visit

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

  4. Prepare Draft Verification or Validation Report

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

  5. Conduct Technical Review

    A lead verifier who was not involved in the on-site audit will conduct an independent review of the draft report.

  6. Deliver Final Verification or Validation Report

    The final verification opinion and supporting report is submitted to the applicable greenhouse gas registry which in turn affirms compliance with applicable requirements and issues of carbon offset credits (as warranted).

What is the difference between validation and verification?

Validation is the process of evaluating the design of a project's plan for sequestering carbon dioxide or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions. Verification is the process of evaluating calculations of the actual amount of greenhouse gas emissions that have been avoided or sequestered through implementation of the project.

How long will the carbon offset validation or verification process take?

The length of the verification or validation audit process depends on the size and complexity of the project, the standards used, and project type. The duration is also affected by how well the project developer is prepared and on response time.

To which standards does SCS verify?

SCS can verify projects to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) or the American Carbon Registry (ACR), especially if they are reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) projects. SCS can also verify projects being developed in the US to the California Air Resource Board (ARB) Compliance Forest Protocol. Projects with exemplary social and environmental components may be verified to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standards.

How much does it cost?

Costs depend on factors such as project size, location, complexity, type, the standards used, and level of preparedness. Contact us for a customized quote.

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

Filling out an SCS application will provide us with the information needed to create a price quote. A complete application allows SCS to produce an accurate quote quickly. You will need to provide information on the standards used, project status, project size, and project location.

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

Projects can be validated and verified once you can provide a completed Project Description Document. We often recommend conducting an internal audit to make sure your document is complete In order to save time.

Do you help project developers sell offsets or credits?

As an independent verifier, SCS does not participate in the buying, selling, or marketing of credits. However, third-party verification of credits is often a prerequisite for entry into carbon markets.

Does SCS help with project development?

As an independent third-party verifier, we cannot participate in consulting activities such as helping with project development.

What is the difference between a renewable energy carbon offset credit and a renewable energy certificate (REC)?

A renewable energy offset credit is one ton of carbon emissions that is avoided or offset because a renewable energy project was pursued instead of a more carbon-intensive energy production project. All carbon offsets are subject to the rule of “additionality,” meaning that the documented carbon offset would not have occurred in a “business-as-usual” scenario, and therefore constitutes an additional avoidance of carbon emissions. An REC simply confirms that a renewable energy project has been developed. While RECs are used to track government and utility goals in renewable energy, they are not subject to additionality rules and cannot be sold in carbon markets. Carbon offset credits and RECs are distinct and often complementary commodities in financial markets.

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