April 28, 2014 Climate Registered Member Exelon Corporation surpasses ambitious goal to eliminate carbon emissions seven years ahead of schedule.

April 18, 2014Cool Planet Member The Grand Del Mar undergoes retrofits and reduces energy consumption to shrink its carbon footprint. Learn more about the resort's green initiatives here.

April 18, 2014 Natural Capital Leaders Index recognizes Registry member PG&E as the only US "Decoupling Leader" for growing revenue while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact .

February 18, 2014 Natural Capital Leaders Index recognizes Registry member PG&E as the only US "Decoupling Leader" for growing revenue while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact .

February 18, 2014CDSB releases CDSB Framework Draft Consultation to promote and advance disclosure of environmental information. The expanded framework includes information on natural capital, namely forest risk commodities and water. Learn more here.

February 7, 2014Join the Climate Action Reserve for NACW, the longest running and most anticipated conference for discussing climate policy and carbon markets. The event will be held in San Francisco, March 26-28. More info here.

December 16, 2013The Natural Resource Agency released 'Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk', an update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy." Link "Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk.

December 16, 2013Registry Members the California Department of Public Health and UC Irvine receive the 2013 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Sustainable Practices. Congratulations!

December 10, 2013Small Businesses: Enter to Win a Free Year of Registry Membership by Completing the Small Business Survey. Due January 10th.

November 13, 2013UC Berkeley meets its aggressive GHG reduction goal two years ahead of schedule.

October 29, 2013Don't miss the 2014 A&WMA Annual Conference & Exhibition "Navigating Environmental Crossroads", June 24-27 in Long Beach, CA. Learn more and see the call for abstracts..

October 21, 2013Early Registration is Now Open for the 2014 Climate Leadership Conference, hosted February 24-26 in San Diego, California. Best Rates Expire December 12, 2013. Learn MORE.

October 15, 2013 The Climate Registry co-authors white paper that demonstrates how to address the climate impacts of California's water systems.

September 19, 2013 Architectural Digest featured Registry member Sokol Blosser's new tasting facility in the October issue. The facility conforms to Living Building Challenge standards and features a green roof and cantilevered overhangs that reduce heat and glare.

September 19, 2013 Registry member PG&E Corporation released its 2012 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report and is named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for continued leadership on issues of social, environmental and corporate responsibility.

September 17, 2013 Registry member Exelon Corp. is the top ranked U.S. electric utility in CDP's Global 500 report. Reporting and verifying through The Climate Registry gives the company the highest quality carbon data and a better CDP score.

August 9, 2013 UCLA rated one of the most sustainability universities in the nation by Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll.

August 6, 2013 Delta Air Lines has lowered its annual GHGs by 8.5 million metric tons, an 18.4% reduction since 2005.

August 2, 2013 Ford's 2014 F-150s will give customers the option to run on natural gas.

August 1, 2013 Shell leads on climate change with a self-imposed carbon emissions tax.

July 31, 2013 Manitoba introduces strategy for North America's first petcoke and coal heating ban as well as mandatory reporting.

July 29, 2013 Tower Companies is the first two-time winner of the DC Mayor's Sustainability Award.

July 22, 2013 3Degrees offers perspective on The Registry's recognition of RECs. Contact 3Degrees if you would like to purchase RECs to reduce your organization's carbon footprint.

July 18, 2013 Exelon presents its 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report, ensuring accurate accounting of GHGs by using The Registry standards.

July 16, 2013 Abt Associates announces its membership, alongside industry leaders, with The Climate Registry.

July 10, 2013 Known for its longtime commitment to environmental sustainability, the city of Davis was crowned the state's "Coolest California City" by the Air Resources Board.

May 22, 2013 USPS wins a whopping 10 awards in the Federal Green Challenges Award.

April 23, 2013 Tom Bowman of Registry member Bowman Design Group shows small businesses how to reduce GHGs and cut costs.

April 22, 2013 Delta releases 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report and is recognized in the Wall Street Journal. Delta CEO Richard Anderson said, "At Delta, we believe that transparency goes hand in hand with sustainability."

April 22, 2013 Registry Board Member Mary Nichols named one of Time's Top 100 of 2013. Congratulations, Mary! The recognition is well deserved.

April 19, 2013 Bentley Prince Street President & CEO, Ralph Grogan, wins SBC's Lifetime Business Achievement Award. Congrats from The Climate Registry!

April 19, 2013 Registry members Timberland and Clif Bar sign the Ceres Climate Declaration.

April 17, 2013 Innovative member Ford to cut vehicle waste 40% by 2016.

April 09, 2013 California Air Resources Board names Richard Corey new Executive Director. The Climate Registry congratulates Richard on his new position.

February 26, 2013 Hershey joins The Sustainability Consortium

January 29, 2013 Registry members dominate the GEELA awards, California's highest environmental honor. Sapphos Environmental, City of San Diego, Aquarium of the Pacific, State of California Department of General Services and Alamenda-Contra Costa Transit District win awards in different categories. Learn more here.

January 3, 2013 Registry member WRI and WBCSD released a sustainable procurement guide for wood and paper-based products. download

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Verification Process Overview

The verification process is outlined in the General Verification Protocol (GVP). The key steps to verification are summarized below:

  1. Member Submits CRIS Report for Verification: Once the report is submitted for verification, data is "read-only" to the Member.
  2. Member Selects a Verification Body: A Member contacts one or more accredited Verification Bodies to request a proposal for verification services. Members may refer to the Guide to Understanding Factors that Affect Verification Costs for guidance in understanding the process and associated costs. The Member selects an organization to verify its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions results and begins to negotiate contract terms.
  3. Verification Body Conducts Case-Specific Evaluation of Conflict of Interest: Before a Member can finalize a contract with a Verification Body, the Verification Body must conduct a case-specific Conflict of Interest (COI) assessment to establish that the likelihood of a COI between parties is low. This assessment must be carefully documented, as it will be reviewed by The Registry prior to the initiation of verification activities and by ANSI in its regular audits of Verification Bodies to ensure that conflicts do not exist. The Registry reviews the COI assessment and notifies the Verification Body of its determination within 15 business days.
  4. Verification Body and Member Finalize Contract: If The Registry determines that the risk of a COI between the Verification Body and the Member is low, the Verification Body may finalize its contract with the Member.
  5. Verification Develops a Verification Plan: The Verification Body develops a sampling plan, identifies facilities to be visited and submits a Notification of Planned Facility Visits form to The Registry at least 15 business days before the scheduled visits. This allows The Registry and the Accreditation Body the opportunity to accompany the Verification Body when they conduct verification activities.
  6. Verification Body Conducts Core Verification Activities: The Verification Body follows the guidance in the GVP to evaluate a Member's Annual GHG Emission Report.
  7. Verification Body Informs Member of Reporting Errors: The Verification Body prepares a detailed summary (e.g. Draft Verification Report) of the verification activities and misstatements (both material and immaterial) and reviews it with the Member.
  8. Member Implements Corrective Action: The Member corrects all material misstatements and as many immaterial misstatements as possible.
  9. Verification Body Prepares Final Verification Report and Verification Statement: The Verification Body prepares a final Verification Report and a Verification Statement and reviews these documents with the Member.
  10. Member and Verification Body Sign Verification Statement: The Member returns the signed Verification Statement to the Verification Body.
  11. Verification Body Completes Verification Module in CRIS: The Verification Body uploads the fully-executed Verification Statement (as pdf file) and submits the verification in CRIS.
  12. Member Accepts Verification in CRIS: The Member logs into CRIS to click the "Accept Verification" button.
  13. Registry Reviews the Verification Documentation: The Registry reviews a Member's Verification Statement and evaluates the Member's emission report. Once accepted by The Registry, a Member's emission report becomes available to the public via CRIS.
Members may choose to work with the same Verification Body for a maximum of six consecutive years.


The Registry's core verification activities consist of a risk-based assessment of a Member's annual GHG emission report. The core verification activities consist of the following five steps:


Verifiers will prepare the following two documents for a Member:
  • Verification Report: A detailed description of the verification activities undertaken by the Verifier and its findings. This is a confidential document between the Member and its Verifier.
  • Verification Statement: An attestation of the completion of verification activities, which contains the Verification Body's assessment of the reported GHG emissions.


To become a Registry-recognized Verification Body, firms must become accredited to ISO 14065 by an Accreditation Body with which The Registry has partnered (e.g. ANSI). The accreditation process is designed to ensure that Verification Bodies have the necessary competencies to accurately assess a Member's GHG emission report. Additionally, the process will help to ensure that Verification Bodies do not have COIs with Members.

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