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Climate Change Services

Validation and verification services to support greenhouse gas reduction


Climate change is an issue that concerns every country on the planet. The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 formalized an international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In an effort to address climate change in a practical way, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the Joint Implementation (JI) procedures were developed by the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Besides that, and in order to achieve its own GHG emissions reductions targets, the European Union established the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).


What are Climate Change Services? The Climate Change Services family encompasses the following members: - Validation and Verification of project activities under the UNFCC CDM; - Determination and Verification of project activities under the UNFCCC JI procedures; - Verification under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme EU ETS; - Verification under non Kyoto mechanisms, such as Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the North American Voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction and trading scheme, and Japan Voluntary Emissions Trading Scheme; - Non accredited verification of corporate emissions inventories

What are the key benefits?
- Comply with the regulatory obligation of monitoring, reporting, and verifying emissions of your facilities.
- Reduce disruption of your business by combining audits. Use a single verifier.


Expertise Bureau Veritas Certification is a worldwide leader with over 80,000 certified companies in more than 100 countries. Bureau Veritas is one of the market leaders on EU ETS verification with more than 1,200 days of verification delivered in the first year of the scheme. Recognition Recognized by more than 35 leading accreditation bodies, we are currently accredited for validation and verification of energy scope project activities. We are pursuing full accreditation as a CDM Designated Operational Entity. Besides that, Bureau Veritas is authorized by more than 30 different authorities across Europe to perform EU ETS verification. Network The global reach and quality systems of Bureau Veritas offer clients the ability to audit to consistently high standards. We have over 5,700 skilled auditors covering more than 100 countries. Local expertise We are present in 140 countries. This global presence means that our clients can receive the double advantage of international expertise combined with a genuine depth of local knowledge (language, culture, laws, customs, etc.) ensuring a high quality audit. All of them are dedicated to specific sectors which allow them to better assess your processes. Business understanding Clients benefit from our deep knowledge of the Kyoto Protocol and close monitoring of evolving CDM/JI rules. We have developed a comprehensive understanding of GHG management. We specifically train auditors as new requirements emerge, especially in developing countries.


  • What do they cover?

    In line with the official CDM rules, our validation and verification services cover factors like completeness, consistency, transparency, accuracy, cost effectiveness, materiality, and faithfulness.

  • Can an Application Entity perform a validation/verification?

    Yes. The process must be witnessed by the accreditation panel of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Once complete, the Application Entity becomes accredited and is then known as a Designated Operational Entity.

  • Can I wait until the deadline to do my EU ETS reporting?

    Yes, however, we can offer an ongoing verification approach, which allow you to prevent the last minute rush and more importantly, anticipate eventual improvements on your monitoring process, avoiding surprises and ensuring compliance.


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