17 November 2010 (Stoke-on-Trent, UK) – CICS (Complete Integrated Certification Services Ltd) is pleased to announce that it is the only Verification Body to receive accreditation from UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) to perform independent verification of voluntary carbon footprints assessed against international standards such as ISO14064 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol.
CICS’ client base of over 500 companies and organisations has already seen immense benefit from having independent assurance of their carbon footprints and GHG inventories in terms of enhanced credibility and confidence in robust declarations. Now, in addition to receiving the internationally-recognised CICS Carbon Assurance Mark, these businesses can now have their verification engagements performed against an accredited process.
The first client to receive an ISO14064-1 assessment by CICS under the accredited process is Carlow Precast of Kilnock, Co. Carlow, Ireland. The carbon footprint for both 2008 and 2009 was performed by Casey Technology, a multidisciplinary energy services provider, and verified on site by CICS. Carlow Precast has a strong tradition of excellence in the precast concrete industry with a reputation built on the innovative engineering and design of a range of concrete products to service all market sectors.
Shaun Bainbridge, Sales Director at CICS, commented:
“Companies are coming under increasing pressure to disclose their environmental performance by producing carbon footprints and greenhouse gas inventories. Going one step further and securing independent verification by an accredited body greatly enhances this public disclosure, by providing confidence and assurance to customers, shareholders and the general public alike.”
CICS (Complete Integrated Certification Services Ltd) provides industry leading experience and knowledge of CO2 verification under both mandatory and voluntary (carbon footprinting) schemes; they were the first body to be accredited under the EU ETS Phase II (2008 – 2012). A range of related ISO certification services are also available. CICS provides: Management system certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 & Product Certification; Greenhouse Gas Emissions verification under the European Emissions Trading scheme, North American Climate Registry, WRI/WBCSD GHG protocol, Carbon Disclosure Project and PAS 2050. Services are accredited to internationally recognised standards and guidelines and based upon a policy of providing a unique combination of: Industry Sector Knowledge; Specialist Auditors; Service Orientation and Cost Effectiveness; and International Recognition.