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Verification Process

To insure the integrity of offset projects independent third parties are required to verify the offset projects. The third party verifier must be accredited by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI ) participating state in which the offset project is located.

New York State Accreditation

An organization that intends to provide verification services for an offset Project Sponsor under the New York CO2 Budget Trading Program must be accredited by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department). To apply for accreditation, a prospective verifier must submit to the Department a fully completed Application for Accreditation ("Accreditation Application"), including all forms and required attachments.

Each prospective verifier should review the CO2 Budget Trading Program regulations (6 NYCRR Subpart 242-10) that address offset projects, offset project verification, and the award of CO2 offset allowances. Prospective verifiers should also review the offset application and submittal materials for the offset categories for which they seek to provide verification services.

Submission Instructions

Submit one (1) complete hardcopy original Accreditation Application and one (1) electronic copy in the form of a CD to the Department at the location specified below. Submit hard copies of forms requiring signatures as originally-signed copies and scan such signed forms for electronic submission. Facsimiles of the Accreditation Application are not acceptable under any circumstances.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Climate Change
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1030

The Accreditation Application has been created with editable fields. Enter information directly in the fields provided in the forms or submit an attachment with the information or documentation requested, as instructed. Include headers on all attachments indicating the form to which each is attached.

The applicant should save an electronic copy of the Accreditation Application for its file to serve as a reference for any necessary application remediation or updates.

Accreditation Application Forms

The Accreditation Application includes seven (7) forms:

Accredited Verifier Pre-Engagement Disclosure Submittal

Prior to engaging in verification services for an offset Project Sponsor, an accredited verifier must disclose all relevant information to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) through a Pre-Engagement Disclosure Submittal. This submittal will allow the Department to evaluate whether a potential conflict of interest exists, with respect to the offset project, between the accredited verifier and the offset project developer, offset Project Sponsor or project sponsor organization, or any other party with a direct or indirect financial interest in the offset project.

The accredited verifier must disclose in this submission information related to all facts or circumstances that have the potential to create a conflict of interest with respect to the offset project, offset project developer, offset Project Sponsor or project sponsor organization, or any other party with a direct or indirect financial interest in the offset project. In addition to the disclosure provided through this submittal, accredited verifiers have an ongoing obligation to disclose to the Department any facts or circumstances that may give rise to a conflict of interest with respect to the offset project, offset project developer, offset Project Sponsor or project sponsor organization, or any other party with a direct or indirect financial interest in the offset project.

The Department may reject a verification report and certification statement that is submitted as part of an offset project Consistency Application or Monitoring and Verification Report if it determines that the accredited verifier has a conflict of interest related to the offset project, offset project developer, offset Project Sponsor or project sponsor organization, or any other party with a direct or indirect financial interest in the offset project.

Failure to disclose any facts or circumstances that may pose a potential conflict of interest may result in revocation by the Department of the verifier's accreditation.

Submission Instructions

Submit this Pre-Engagement Disclosure Submittal to the Department if the offset project is located in New York State. If the offset project is not located in New York State, a similar submittal should be provided to the applicable regulatory agency in the state where the offset project is located, in accordance with the applicable regulations in that state.

Submit one (1) complete hardcopy original of the Pre-Engagement Disclosure Submittal and one (1) electronic copy on a CD to the Department at the location specified below. Submit hard copies of forms requiring signatures as originally-signed copies and scan such signed forms for electronic submission. Facsimiles of the Pre-Engagement Disclosure Submittal are not acceptable under any circumstances.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Climate Change
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1030

The Pre-Engagement Disclosure Submittal has been created with editable fields. Enter information directly in the fields provided in the forms or submit attachments with the information or documentation requested, as instructed. Include headers on all attachments indicating the form to which each is attached.

The accredited verifier should save an electronic copy of the Pre-Engagement Disclosure Submittal for its file.

Submittal Forms

The Pre-Engagement Disclosure Submittal includes five (5) forms:


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