Trinity Consultants announces that it has been approved as an accredited verification body by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to perform verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).  Under the regulation, affected organizations must measure, calculate, report, and verify their GHG emissions if they are in affected industry sectors (cement, electricity, petroleum refineries, cogeneration, and hydrogen plants) or if they are a general stationary combustion source that generates at least 25,000 metric tons of CO2 in a calendar year.

AB 32 requires that affected organizations have their GHG reports verified by accredited verifiers.  Accreditation involves successful completion of training and testing by California ARB.  Specifically, Trinity has three accredited verifiers, with approval in all accreditation categories―General, Cement, Refinery, and Electricity Transaction.

In June 2009, subject facilities were required to submit their 2008 GHG inventory and annually thereafter.  Verification is optional for all sources for the 2008 GHG inventory and required for all sources for the 2009 GHG inventory and thereafter.  Verification opinions are due to ARB six months after submission of the GHG inventory.

Trinity’s consultants are particularly well suited to provide these services due to extensive expertise with air emissions quantification, local understanding of the AB 32 regulatory requirements, familiarity with affected industrial sector operations, and auditing knowledge.  According to Lead Verifier and Trinity’s Irvine, California office manager, Vineet Masuraha, “We are pleased that we will be able to assist the approximately 800 affected facilities who will be required to verify their GHG emissions reports under AB 32.  To assist the staff at these facilities, we are offering a free Webinar on Sept. 25, 2009 to address verification requirements.”

Founded in 1974, Trinity Consultants is a nationwide environmental consulting firm that assists organizations with regulatory compliance as well as sustainability and environmental management.  The firm also provides BREEZE environmental modeling software, EH&S staffing services, and EH&S information management solutions.