To ensure the accuracy of data on greenhouse gas emissions and reductions, the EPA has sought out third party inspection organizations to carry out greenhouse gas verification and accreditation work. To define this work, the EPA referred to the tasks originally implemented under the Air Pollution Control Act and drafted of the Greenhouse Gas Accreditation Organizations and Verification Organizations Management Regulations in accordance with Article 16 of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act.
On 7 January 2016, the EPA promulgated the Greenhouse Gas Accreditation Organizations and Verification Organizations Management Regulations (hereafter referred to as the Regulations) with a total of 23 articles. The Regulations are based on Article 16 Paragraph 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act and serve as the guidelines for managing greenhouse gas accreditation organizations and verification organizations.
The Regulations derive their content from the guidelines of existing regulations, but more clearly specify: the conditions under which greenhouse gas accreditation organizations can be entrusted; the verification organization permit application and review process; details to be followed by the verification organizations when handling greenhouse gas verification and auditing work; central competent authority inspection procedures; and guidelines on handling verification organization violations as well as revoking the entrusting of services to the accreditation organizations.
The EPA states that verification organizations covered under the scope of the Regulations must be internationally accredited or a domestic subsidiary company of an accredited international company, and that they must obtain certification from the central competent authority or other entrusted certification organizations to apply for an verification organization permit under the Regulations.
Greenhouse gas accreditation organizations should meet the following requirements:
1. Comply with the ISO/IEC 17011 requirements jointly issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and be a member of the International Accreditation Forum.
2. They must have already signed the international greenhouse gas related multilateral recognition arrangements. Or, if such arrangements have not yet been established, they must have at least already signed the international management system and product verification multilateral recognition arrangement, and promise that they will sign all the necessary arrangements within two years.
Upon the date of implementation of the Regulations, the EPA gives six months to apply for changes in qualifications for the one greenhouse gas accreditation organization and eight verification organizations that have already obtained operative status through the original regulations. This will make it easier for organizations to continue through with current accreditation and verification work and thus ensure the accuracy of Taiwan’s greenhouse gas emissions and reductions data.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)