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.
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:
Our lead verifiers are skilled in carbon offset project evaluation, engineering, and third-party verification. We offer:
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.
Review Project Documentation
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.
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.
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.
Conduct Technical Review
A lead verifier who was not involved in the on-site audit will conduct an independent review of the draft report.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Costs depend on factors such as project size, location, complexity, type, the standards used, and level of preparedness. Contact us for a customized 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.
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.
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.
As an independent third-party verifier, we cannot participate in consulting activities such as helping with project development.
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.