EU ETS – What to expect on your verification visit

Swan Energy works with clients and their verifiers to ensure that all EU ETS obligations are met. It is our job to shield clients from much of the complexity of the reporting process.

Your Swan Energy Account Manager will be there onsite during the verification visit to support you, talk through the calculations and present the evidence in our pack. This unique evidence pack is tried and trusted and enables a quick and easy process for the verifier.

What is the role of the operator?

The verifier must make sure that the operator knows their obligations so during the verification will check operators are aware that the following must be reported:

  • Changes to combustion equipment, such as boilers, generators, fuels on site, and associated meters (planned/unplanned).
  • Missing data
  • Personnel changes

We are regularly in touch to ask about what is happening on site and will ensure that all necessary changes are reported and that you are prepared for the verification visit.

The Verifier will ask for a site tour that includes major emission sources and most measurement devices so they can confirm the permit is in line with the installation. They will also be looking to spot any smaller sources that have been left off the permit; a common one being smaller generators.

Verifiers may also request physical copies of fuel logs etc. to check against the calculations and may question anyone involved in the data flow process.

Verification for full participants this year will be slightly different as activity level for 2019 and 2020 must also be reported. This means that verifiers will want to see the additional meters and equipment used to measure activity level, such as heat meters, and check that they are in line with the MMP. The activity level calculations will also have to be verified along with the emissions.

Once verified, we then fill in an annual emissions report on ETSWAP, this year with the additional activity level template attached. ETSWAP is the portal that allows direct correspondence with the Environmental Agency.

Please call us on 01484 843867 or email info@swanenergy.co.uk if you need help with EU ETS.

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Joe Youldon

Operations Manager

Joe Youldon

Operations Director

Joe joined the Swan Energy team in November 2019. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Environmental Science (International) in July 2019, having spent a year in Melbourne studying as part of his course.

In his role, to which has has recently been promoted, Joe manages the company’s portfolio across the UK, mentoring the team of Carbon Analysts. Joe is London-based.