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Our PAS 2060 Verification Process

With the help and expertise of our team at NQA, you needn’t be confused by the processes that go into obtaining verification for carbon neutrality. Verification adds independent and impartial weight to a carbon neutrality claim. It is a widely used practice in sustainability and often features on company annual reports. PAS 2060 is an attractive acknowledgment of your environmental efforts and will aid in company contracts and tenders.

Application

You will need to fill in an application form (also known at NQA as a Quote Request Form) in order for NQA to understand your company, the complexity and requirements. You can do this by completing our online quote request form or contacting sales@nqa.com. We will use this information to provide you with a proposal for verification.

Further Support  

NQA can support you before taking the next step of beginning the verification. Whether this is through our consultancy recommendations, taking a look at our blogs and online content, signing up for relevant webinars and training – we have got you covered.

Stage 1 (Pre-Verification)

The purpose of this assessment is to confirm that the entity is ready for the full verification and will be a documentation review. This will include:

  • Client site visit (if required)

  • Review client Qualifying Explanatory Statement (QES)

  • Confirm scope of verification and boundaries of GHG inventory

  • Review methodology for data capture and reporting (infrastructure for GHG inventory)

  • Identify focus points

  • Create verification plan

  • Create verification risk assessment

  • Discuss carbon offset and reporting approach

Stage 2 (Verification)

The purpose of this assessment is to carry out the full review on your carbon neutrality claim. This will include:

  • Client site visit (if required)

  • Detailed verification of data sets, calculations, assumptions, and reporting methods

  • Review client Qualifying Explanatory Statement (QES)

  • Review customer documentation and reports

  • Verify offset approach and offsets

  • Audit client’s carbon management plan

  • Audit improvements in carbon efficiency (in future years)

  • Drafting of verification reports

  • Clarifications requested, NCs raised

Independent review (Post-Verification)

The purpose of this assessment is to do a secondary review on the workings from all parties at the verification stage, and to provide further assurance and integrity. This will include:

  • Independent review by independent Lead Verifier

  • Finalisation of Verification Statement

  • Issuance of verification statement to client & carbon neutral certificate

  • Guidelines on use of Carbon Neutrality claims and logos

  • Client promotion

What comes after the Independent review?

PAS 2060 aims to encourage continual improvement and prevent companies continuing to offset rather than improve their efficiency.

  • During the original verification, NQA will verify your previous years’ GHG footprint, carbon offset and future carbon reduction plan.

  • When the verification statement is issued you can claim to be an NQA verified carbon neutral company for 12 months. This is predicated on your carbon reduction plan being robust and achievable.

  • Within 12 months NQA must re-verify your carbon footprint for the previous year and audit how your carbon reduction has been implemented.

  • To continue to be a carbon neutral company complying to PAS 2060 you must demonstrate improvement in carbon efficiency each year (following initial verification).

NQA shall repeat contract review process annually for entities wishing to continue their carbon neutrality claims. NQA shall only conduct a follow up verification if the original verifications have been provided by NQA or another verification body that is accredited by an IAF MLA co-signatory.

What Is NQA's Involvement? Why Hire A Consultant?

Whilst it’s true that you can successfully achieve verification of your GHG assertion independently, there are many situations in which having an experienced consultant can reduce confusion and lengthy delays that you might not want to deal with.
 
NQA can support you by recommending relevant independent consultancies through our Approved Partner Programme.

For further information and help finding the right consultant for your purposes, simply fill out our Looking For A Consultant form now. You can view our impartiality statement here.

Do You Have Any Questions? Are You Ready to Take The Next Step?

If you have any questions about the verification process or are ready to move forward, call us at 0800 0522424 or fill out our brief contact form, and we'll be happy to explain the process further.