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Successfully prepare for verification

1. Prior to starting third party verification process, it is recommended to agree with your verifier on the scope, level, and objective of the verification.

2. Ensure you will be able to provide all the information the verifier is likely to ask:

  • information on company activities and GHG emissions

  • details on organizational boundaries and potential changes

  • documented procedures for the calculation and collection of data

  • data used for calculating the emissions

  • description of how emissions have been calculated

3. Make sure the timing works towards your company reporting timeline.

Verification that occurs during a reporting period allows for any reporting deficiencies or data issues to be addressed before the final report is prepared. This is useful for companies preparing high-profile public reports

4. Consider building a data management plan and performing an internal verification first.

It can be useful to do this prior to commissioning an external verification by a third party and identifying opportunities for improvement

To enable these steps, is it important to have centralized, consistent, and transparent assumptions and calculations. This will ensure that the collaboration with auditors is smooth and that any potential questions on calculations or assumptions are easily answered.