ANSI Finds Partner for GHG Accreditation

As part of its continuing commitment to developing an accreditation program for greenhouse gas (GHG) verification bodies, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Climate Registry.

The registry sets consistent and transparent standards for the calculation, verification, and public reporting of GHG emissions throughout North America in a single unified registry. A non-profit organization, it supports both voluntary and mandatory GHG reporting programs and provides meaningful information to reduce GHG emissions.

In the first initiative of this agreement, the two groups commit to jointly coordinate and implement a pilot program for the accreditation of GHG verification bodies. This program will evaluate the competency of candidate bodies against the international standards dictated in ISO 14065, Greenhouse gases – Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition. Organizations also will be appraised against the registry's Guidance on Accreditation for Verification Bodies and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF)'s document on the application of ISO 14065.

"We're proud to partner with The Climate Registry on this important initiative," said Lane Hallenbeck, vice president of accreditation services for ANSI. "Already we've received nearly 70 applications to join the pilot GHG accreditation program, a clear indication that organizations nationwide recognize the importance of monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and the value that ANSI accreditation brings to the process."

For information, contact Lane Hallenbeck (202.331.3612; lhallenbeck@ansi.org).

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