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Registrars Prepare for Green House Gas Legislation

ANSI starts accreditation program for GHG certification bodies.

Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 13:06

As part of President Obama's recently implemented National Fuel Efficiency policy, legislation regarding greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) is underway that could have a significant impact on some manufacturers. House Resolution 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Henry Waxman (D-California) and Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), currently sits on the House floor. The legislation aims to reduce global warming pollution created by large power sources. The act includes a carbon cap-and-trade program that would work to reduce GHG emissions so that new ceiling levels can be met.

Proponents believe the new legislation would simplify production for manufacturers. Companies would no longer be complying with several different sets of regulations from state and federal governments. Instead, there would be only one national standard that all are held to.

The American Clean Air and Security Act, if passed, will force affected industries to create an emission inventory baseline and establish a plan that will reduce emission levels until the baseline is achieved, according to BSI, an ANSI-accredited registrar that provides validation/verification to companies engaged in the reduction and removal of greenhouse gases. Registrars, such as BSI, would audit companies to ensure they are meeting the requirements of any GHG legislation. This third-party assessment provides proof that a company's claims regarding it's handling of GHG are accurate. Although third-party audits and, at least for now, adherence to GHG standards, are voluntary at the moment, HR 2454 seems to leave open the possibility that an ANSI-accredited registrar might be required if GHG legislation is passed.

In an effort to ensure companies comply with the new legislative standards and to provide a mechanism to do so, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has created an opportunity for registrars to receive third-party accreditation through ANSI for their domestic and international GHG standards validation/verification functions. ANSI describes this accreditation opportunity as a way for industries to start taking responsibility for promoting integrity and consistency in emission reporting and reduction projects through the use of accredited registrars.

For their part, registrars are beginning to seek out ANSI accreditation for their GHG auditing functions.

“The clients are looking for a credible, reliable, and transparent verification of their [GHG] inventory," says Wilhelm Wang, product manager BSI, an ANSI-accredited registrar. "Therefore, BSI decided to pursue ANSI accreditation to demonstrate our commitment and validate our capability in this area.”

John Shideler, GHG program manager for NSF-ISR, another ANSI-accredited registrar, agrees and adds that “Accreditation also creates a layer of credibility that separates NSF-ISR from verifiers that do not follow internationally accepted guidelines.”

BSI and NSF are two of 10 certification bodies currently accredited for GHG validation/verification. The remaining eight are:

Accredited registrars such as BSI, NSF-ISR, and the others, play an important role in helping companies create and manage energy budgets, so the new legislation is increasing their business as well as the business of the companies they are auditing. A spokesperson for ANSI pointed out that with money on the table, accreditation is important. Anybody can go into the GHG validation/verification business and claim to perform GHG audits, but only an accredited registrar gives a company the assurance that the audit is complete and accurate.

Monitoring GHG emissions has become a multi-industry initiative. Companies dealing with everything from oil exploration to glass manufacturing have become involved. It saves time (energy efficiency) and money (cuts in production costs) in the long run.

“Improving fuel efficiency—and energy efficiency overall—contributes both to energy independence for the United States and to bottom line savings for companies,” says Shideler.

Greenhouse gases trap heat from the sun on the earth’s surface, which contributes to global warming, say scientists. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chance (IPCC) concluded that there was evidence of human activity being the main contributor to this warming. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that six greenhouse gases endanger the health of individuals, four of which are emitted by cars. According to the Energy Information Agency (EIA) the United States accounted for 22 percent of the global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2004, but with new reduction plans in place this statistic is expected to drop by 1.8 percent annually until 2030.

 

More information:

ANSI: www.ansi.org/news_publications/news_story.aspx?menuid=7&articleid=2041  

BSI Emission Verification Services: www.bsiamerica.com/GHGEV 

NSF-ISR Greenhouse Gas Management: www.nsf.org/business/management_systems_registration/greenhouse_gas.asp  

 

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Here we go again more non-factual supposition.

Yes lets sign more legislation which is based on supposition and opinion and not facts. More smiling people who are mindless about what "global warming" actually is. And worst of all. to have a supposed quality based organization support the trite ramblings of this farce. Quality digest should be ashamed of even considering to print such an article. Why do they support those who are attempting to institute the Hegelian doctrine?

Global warming if a farce. Do your homework. You are supposed to be quality people. Where is the root cause analysis? I have performed the root cause analysis to the farce coined "global warming" and have found it to be nothing more than repackaged Karl Marx metabolic rift. The true name (for any real quality who care to scratch below the surface) is biospheric rift. Yes its the establishment of the communist authors ideals related to state control and taxing. Why isn't the quality industry (worst those that claim to be auditors), calling these people out for their non factual claims? Why does a parodical who claims to be quality oriented, not focusing on truth and facts? Why do they support completed supposition and opinion based articles such as this?

Ladies and gentlemen if you do not stand up against the institution of these broad non-factual claims and systems, then you have no right to claim to be quality oriented. Karl Marx and his Hegelian based systems, have been proven wrong time and again (many facts exist to support this). Why would we not as a quality profession, tell the government where they are incorrect and point them down the road toward the implementation of quality management based systems?

What about the quality profession focusing the government on defining their processes, roles, RESPONSIBILITIES, documentation. How about getting the government involved in lean and removing all the non-value added activities, which the government undertakes. It seems as though this would be the direction the quality profession should be taking. Instead, what I am seeing is more of this profession, throwing away their principals and hopping on the big green bandwagon of Karl Marx. Just remember, when the regulators (financial auditors) came to congress over 3 years ago to warn them of the financial improprieties discovered of freddie mac and fannie mae, the senate banking committee called the liars and ran them away. The end result was a 30% loss of housing value and a 50% or greater loss in 401k financial investments, not to mention the countless losses of established companies.

As quality folks, we know that measurements based on facts, are the only way to identify issues and create real corrective action. Before we write one more law based on feelings, we need to ask for the data. Where is the data supporting this biospheric rift (global warming), Where is the data which connects it directly to carbon based emissions? What are the measurements? Which way are we headed related to the measurements? What are the actual root causes? This is basic quality stuff. Ask these questions, don't just blindly jump on the bandwagon for the sake of feelings. What good is one more piece of legislation going to do if its not bound in facts and measurables?

Don't support the type of behavior this legislation proposes, teach them to be lean, teach them to focus on facts, teach them to measure and take factual corrective action, teach them how to continuously improve, where improvement is required, teach them about risk management. Don't condole their actions, especially if you know they are wrong.