ISO14065:2013 - Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition

ISO 14065:2013 is an International Standard, which sets out requirements for bodies that undertake Greenhouse Gas (GHG) validation or verification using ISO 14064-3 or other relevant standards or specifications. ISO 14065 provides to GHG program administrators, regulators and accreditors, a basis for assessing and
recognising the competence of validation or verification bodies (V/VBs). Statements issued by accredited V/VBs are relied upon in a number of areas, critically in “emission trading schemes”, both in regulated and voluntary markets. The value attributed to a tonne of CO2 for the purpose of commodity trading, or other future actions by interested parties, is reliant upon the confidence in the verified emissions data and consequently upon the V/VB that undertakes the work and issues the statement.

Applicable to validation or verification bodies (V/VBs) are the following validation or verification criteria:

• ISO 14064-1 or ISO 14064-2; or
• Regulated GHG program which is publicly available and has been developed using a formal stakeholder engagement process; or
• Publicly available GHG program (e.g. World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development [WRI/WBCSD] GHG protocol) and has been developed using a formal stakeholder engagement process; or
• Non-public industry or sector protocols; in this case, the validation or verification criteria shall additionally include either ISO 14064-1 or ISO 14064-
2 dependent on whether the protocol relates to organisation or project GHG assertions. The resulting validation or verification statement shall clearly state whether the non-public industry or sector protocol conforms to ISO 14064-1 or ISO 14064-2 and if the protocol does not conform it shall state where the discrepancies are.