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Greenhouse Gas Verification

Verify Your Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Karen Righthand, Director of Sales and Marketingphone icon510.452.6817 Email

Improve data reliability and increase Stakeholder confidence through third party verification of your organization’s GHG inventory.  SCS offers verification services across a wide range of voluntary and regulatory driven GHG reporting frameworks including expertise within the manufacturing, education, healthcare, transportation, hospitality, energy, forestry, and agricultural sectors. 

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Featured Clients

Owens Corning
Fruit Of Loom
ADP
Dignity Health
Shaw Industries
Levis Strauss
American Airlines
Humanscale
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SCS provides independent third-party verification services for the above listed programs to assure that the entity’s inventory is accurate, complete, and meets the verification criteria. SCS conducts its verification based upon a risk-based assessment of inventory data and management systems, and conducts its verification through a targeted sampling of client data and procedures.  Results are summarized in a verification report and verification statement.

In addition SCS provides the following related services:

  • Scope 3 Inventory Preparation – Scope 3 emissions are important to consider, often accounting for as much as half of your GHG total inventory. Scope 3 inventory is also required when setting Science Based Targets and reporting Scope 3 can enhance your CDP score.
  • Organizational and Product Footprints – If you have never calculated and reported your GHG emissions, SCS can help you get started measuring, calculating, and declaring your organization's direct and indirect GHG emissions.
  • GHG Calculators – SCS can create a custom GHG tool for organizations to compile their own GHG inventories year after year.

Note, we cannot measure and verify for the same organization as this is a conflict of interest.

Process
  1. Apply for Verification

    Complete an SCS 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 Inventory Documentation

    Our qualified verification team will review your inventory documentation for completeness, conduct a desk review of all documentation, and issue findings. Applicants can address findings before the site visit is conducted.

  3. Site Visit

    SCS conducts site visit(s) to assess project compliance with applicable program standards and issues findings from the visit. This includes an office visit and a field visit.

  4. Technical review

    Once the verification has been satisfactorily completed, an independent technical reviewer cross-checks the GHG inventory and audit report.

  5. Verification Report

    SCS will make a final verification decision and issue a report. You will need to acknowledge the report and resolve any corrective actions (ie errors in measurement or gaps in procedures) before the deadline for emission data submission.

  6. Verification Opinion

    A final verification opinion statement is submitted to the applicable GHG program for registration.

Clients and Projects

Owens Corning
Fortune 500 entity Owens Corning started verifying their GHG inventory with SCS in 2012 and has increased the scope of their verification each year. They have earned CDP A-List status, limited to the top 25 performing companies, for both water and climate since 2016. In 2018, SCS not only verified Owens Corning’s GHG inventories, but extended assurance to their entire sustainability report based on the AA 1000 standard. Their efforts have earned them a No. 1 ranking on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2019.

Levis
A leader in the global apparel sector, Levi Strauss & Co. has been verifying their GHG inventory with SCS since 2012 and reports their inventory to CDP. Their annual verified inventories are used to support their progress toward their Science Based Target Initiatives (SBTI) approved GHG target of a 90% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025.

Fruit of the Loom 
SCS has verified Fruit of the Loom's carbon footprint against the ISO 14064-3 and ISO 14065 standards as well as the World Resources Institute/World Business Council for Sustainable Development Greenhouse Gas Protocol since 2012. Their initial verified footprint serves as the baseline for bold company-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals.

For immediate service:

Karen Righthand, Director of Sales and Marketing phone icon 510.452.6817 Email Karen