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Statutory verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Statutory verification of greenhouse gas emissions

Statutory verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Statutory verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

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As a consequence of the commitments acquired after the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol and its subsequent ratification in the Doha Amendment (COP -18), Spanish companies included in the National Emissions Allocation Plan have the responsibility and obligation to ensure that their emissions are controlled in an efficient way and that they comply with the commitments established in current legislation. To this end, facilities included in the National Emissions Allocation Plan (PNA) must show information of their Greenhouse gas emissions verified by an accredited independent organisation. This is a mandatory check for all facilities included in the PNA.

To achieve this, industrial countries that have signed up to the buy and sell each other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This enables entities that cut emissions by more than the amount undertaken to sell excess emissions to entities that have not been able to meet their commitment.

In this regard, AENOR checks the total emissions declared by the facility, studies the accuracy of both the monitoring systems used and the emissions data at issue and also verifies the emissions report compiled by the company. Thereafter, it issues a Verification Report and Opinion.

​The Verification of Greenhouse emissions is intended for facilities subject to the emissions trading included in the National Allocation Plan. (Electricity Generation; Oil refining; Steel industry; Cement; Lime; Tiles and bricks; Decorative tiles and floor tiles Glass, Fired ceramics, Paper pulp, paper and cardboard, aviation, etc.)

Regulation (EU) No 601/2012 of the Commission of June 21 2012 on the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC​ of the European Parliament and of the Council.​​

AENOR offers this verification service, making it integrable into a voluntary carbon footprint verification, according to UNE-ISO14064. The verification activity can coincide with audits on environmental management ISO 14001 or quality management systems ISO 9001.​


Once the verification process is over, your organisation gets a Verification Report and Opinion, which, together with the emission report that has already been verified, should be presented to the competent body in line with the established time frames.

In addition it gives free access to AENORnet and a subscription to the AENOR monthly magazine.

Since 2006 AENOR has carried out 2,496 regulatory verifications. Each year, AENOR verifies 300 facilities.

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Statutory verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

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