In order to verify greenhouse gas emission reports in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain an approval as a verifier of greenhouse gas emission by the Department of Environment, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
The term “greenhouse gas emissions” refers to the release of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous Oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) into the atmosphere from sources in an installation.
Every verification body or natural person is eligible to obtain an approval as a verifier of greenhouse gas emission, provided that the Department of Environment is satisfied that the verification body or the natural person:
- has been accredited as a verifier of greenhouse gas emission by a European accreditation body has gained the appropriate experience;
- has gained the appropriate experience.
A letter/email for the approval as a verifier of greenhouse gas emission can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Department of Environment
Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
1498 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 22408948/6
Fax: +357 22774945
The letter/email should be accompanied by the following documents:
- copy of identity card or passportof the person who will undertake the work of the verification;
- copy of certificate of accreditation by an appropriate accreditation body of any EU Member State;
- copy of certificate of experience from a verification body, stating that the specific verifier who will undertake the task has the appropriate experience;
- copy of certificate of company’s registration (in case of legal entity).
No application fee is required.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within two months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
The approval is valid infinitely and does not need to be renewed.
Obligations and Supervision
The approved verifier of greenhouse gas emission report is obliged to comply with the provisions of the Law establishing the greenhouse gases emission allowances trading system and relevant issues (110(Ι)/2011), as periodically amended, and the Directive 2003/87/EC and specifically, among others, to:
- prepare a report on the validation process;
- be independent of the operator, carry out his activities in a sound and objective professional manner;
- use spot-checks to determine the reliability of the reported data and information;
- take into consideration any effective risk control methods applied by the operator with a view to minimising the degree of uncertainty.