RINA has undertaken a number of initiatives and further diversified its services in the field of greenhouse gas emission certification, making services available to public and private bodies which voluntarily intend to realistically reduce greenhouse gases in answer to the considerable attention dedicated to environmental matters by public opinion and citizens.
Validation and verification of greenhouse gas reduction projects
RINA offers an independent validation and verification service for voluntary greenhouse gas reduction projects for the issue of VER (Verified Emission Reductions).
The RINA scheme is based on internationally recognised standards, protocols and methods (similar to those for the flexible mechanisms established by the Kyoto Protocol).
Verification and certification of greenhouse gas emissions linked to events/activities
The service is based on the principle of the life cycle assessment of an event/activity and is characterised by two main phases:
- an initial quantification phase consisting of an assessment of emissions linked to an event/activity within defined boundaries;
- a possible emission reduction phase through voluntary greenhouse gas reduction projects and/or purchase of VER credits.
Validation of the inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and absorption over the territory
The inventory validated by RINA represents an instrument panel which allows territorial authorities to control the flow of greenhouse gases and to programme and monitor environmental and eco-sustainable development policies in line with the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol.
The Union of the Provinces of Italy (UPI) and RINA S.p.A. have signed a protocol of intent aimed at outlining and defining energy strategy lines consistent with Kyoto and post-Kyoto policies.
To make it easier to manage the accounting of VER credits generated by the certified projects and to promote their market exchange, it has been necessary to set up a register which gives access to the projects certified by RINA in relation to greenhouse gas reductions.
This register, managed by the interuniversity centre CE.Si.S.P., can be viewed at the site: http://www.eco2care.org.