Greenhouse gas verification is a part of the emissions trading system in the European Union. The system is based on Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and related regulations on the verification of greenhouse gas emission reports, tonne-kilometre reports and the accreditation of verifiers (EU) No 600/2012 and on the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions (EU) No 601/2012. The verifier organisations verify and confirm the information in the greenhouse gas emission reports.
Verification of production subsidies of electricity is based on the Act on production subsidies for electricity produced with renewable energy sources (1396/2010) and on the Government Decree (1397/2010) laid down based on the Act. Production subsidy is paid as a feed-in tariff for the production of electricity based on wind power, forest chips, biogas and wood fuel. The verifier verifies the yearly production estimate of the power plant and whether the plant meets the requirements of the production subsidy Act. In addition, the verifier's task is to verify the power plant's production report regarding the amount of electricity entitling them to the subsidy and whether the monitoring system applied by the electricity producer corresponds to the monitoring plan approved by the Energy Authority.
Verification of sustainability criteria is based on the Act on biofuels and bioliquids (393/2013). Sustainability criteria in accordance with the RES Directive (2009/28/EC) regarding biofuels and bioliquids has been transposed into Finnish legislation with this Act. Verifiers regularly inspect the so-called sustainability system of the biofuel and bioliquid producers and their compliance with the sustainability system in accordance with the approval decision of the Energy Authority.
In addition to the requirements in the applicable regulations, the standard SFS-EN ISO 14065:2013 is used as a requirement in the accreditation of the aforementioned verifiers.
Accredited verifiers can use the FINAS accreditation symbol in which the identification number of the accredited body is in the form VBXX.
EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary environmental management and auditing system for different kinds of organisations. The system is open to organisations of all sizes irrespective of their field . FINAS has two accredited EMAS verifiers as its clients.
The accreditation requirement for EMAS verifiers is the regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the European Council on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS).
Accredited EMAS verifiers use the FINAS accreditation symbol in which the identification number of the accredited body is of the form FI-V-000X.