Verification of greenhouse gases
Nomine Consult OÜ performs the verification of greenhouse gas emissions in the energy related category of activity:
- Combustion installations with a rated thermal input exceeding 20 MW (except hazardous or municipal waste installations),
- Refining of mineral oil,
- Production of lime.
According to the Regulation No. 64 of the Minister of the Environment “Trade arrangements applicable to greenhouse gas emission credits”, the operators related to the emission trading in the European Union have to present each year by March 25 to the Ministry of the Environment (competent authority) a report of the greenhouse gas emissions for the previous calendar year that is verified by an independent and accredited verifier.
The verification of greenhouse gas emissions includes the treatment of the reliability and accuracy of installation’s monitoring systems and data and information related to the emissions. The verification process of greenhouse gas emissions is separated from the other activities of Nomine Consult OÜ and it is conducted according to the standards EVS-EN ISO 14065:2013, EVS-EN ISO 14064-3:2008, ISO 14066:2011, instructions IAF MD 6:2009 and EA-6/03:2013, Regulation No. 64 of the Minister of the Environment and Regulations No. (EU) 600/2012 and (EU) 601/2012 of the European Commission.
Verification of greenhouse gas emissions is independent and unbiased proceeding and Nomine Consult OÜ is keen on following these principles.
Declaration of impartiality
Nomine Consult OÜ is accredited verification body for greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions reports verification in the categories of activities of combustion of fuels in installations, refining of mineral oil and production of lime. Verification body is assessing impartially the compliance of GHG emissions reports of installations with the established requirements.
The management and staff of the verification body understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out verification and assures that verification is carried out objectively, independently and impartially. In order to demonstrate impartiality, the policy and objectives have been set, processes, responsibilities and resources determined, transparent organizational structure of the verification body separating verification activity from other businesses set. In order to manage potential conflicts of interests and to ensure the objectivity of verification, verification body assesses impartiality and independence both at the client relationships and verification staff levels before each verification activity. The procedure has been applied to ensure the functioning of the processes above and for their continual development according to quality management system.
Upon the verification of GHG emissions, the following aspects are checked:
- Data and information related to emissions;
- Operation data of an installation presented in the report, measurements and calculations related to them;
- Selection and usage of special emissions coefficient;
- Calculations made for the determination of total emissions;
- Selection and relevance of measurement methodology;
- Reliability, credibility and accuracy of supervision systems.
Verification of GHG emissions is multi-stage process and includes the following stages:
- Obtaining of initial data, pre-estimation, tendering;
- Signing of verification contract and agreement of due dates;
- Compilation of strategic and risk analyses;
- Compilation of verification and sampling plans;
- Visiting of the installation, compilation of visiting report and submitting it to the operator;
- Submitting verification report to the operator;
- Confirming GHG emissions in the registry;
- Dealing with appeals* / complaints** (if any).
Appeals and complaints shall be dealt with by a designated person of verification body who is competent enough and independent from the verification of specific installation. Appeals / complaints are dealt with according to the quality management system of the verification body and following the standards EVS-EN ISO 9001:2008 and EVS-EN ISO 14065:2013.
No special conditions are applied to the operator who submitted an appeal or a complaint.
* Appeal – written contestation of the verification decision prepared by the verifier (ISO/IEC 17000:2004, def. 6.4);
** Complaint – written expression of dissatisfaction made regarding to the verification body which is related to the product, service or dealing with complaint process itself (ISO/IEC 17000:2004, def. 6.5).
Katrin Keis, leading verifier of greenhouse gas emissions