We’re excited to announce that First Environment, a leading greenhouse gas (GHG) consulting and verification firm, has renewed its accreditation to provide offset verification services under the CO2 Budget Trading Program in the State of New York, part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The firm is approved to verify the offset projects in the following categories:
- Landfill methane capture and destruction
- Avoided methane emissions from agricultural manure management operations
- Reduction in emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)
First Environment’s accreditation in New York State will also allow the firm to receive approval to provide verification services in the other eight states in the RGGI program through reciprocity rules that recognize verifier accreditation across participating states.
Bringing over a decade of experience in offset project verification to the RGGI market, First Environment is well positioned to support project developers seeking to take advantage of the new offset project opportunities it presents. The RGGI offset market offers owners and operators of solid waste disposal facilities, livestock facilities, as well as electric transmission and distribution, an alternative channel to monetize emissions reductions from GHG management activities in their operations. Further, reduction opportunities in these sectors have the potential to make significant contributions toward RGGI’s larger strategic objectives for climate change response management in the Northeast.
Our RGGI accreditation is an extension of First Environment’s long history contributing its expertise and international guidance in the field of climate change and GHG management, stretching back to the 1990s. In addition to being an accredited verification body under the California Air Resources Board (ARB) compliance offset projects program and American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the firm provides verification services under a variety of voluntary GHG reporting programs, including Climate Action Reserve (CAR), American Climate Registry (ACR), Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and The Climate Registry (TCR). We are also involved in climate change policy developments in Canada, Europe, and South America. (Learn more about our GHG verification and validation services here.)
RGGI is a cooperative effort among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector. RGGI states currently allow regulated power plants to use a carefully chosen group of qualifying offsets to meet up to 3.3% of their compliance obligations. Learn more here.
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