Building Trust: Independent Emissions Verifier

Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG)

Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) 

Normec Verifavia, as an independent verifier can verify your submission to the CCWG (CO2 and SOX) against the requirements of the CCWG Carbon Emissions Accounting Methodology as it became mandatory starting from the 2017 data collection process (based on 2016 data) to guarantee the quality of the data reported. 

CCWG recently updated the verification rules in the Procedure and guidance for verifying the CO2 and SOX emissions data submission (v2.0, September 2016) which says that the verification must be conducted by the ISO 14064-3 standards to reach a limited level of assurance.

Why choose Normec Verifavia?

  1. Transparency and trust: Participating in an independent verification process demonstrates commitment to accurate emission reporting and building trust with stakeholders and customers. 
  2. Benchmarking and improvement: Standardized data collection and comparison across members allows companies to identify areas for efficiency gains and emission reduction. 
  3. Competitive advantage: Stand out as a sustainability leader, attracting environmentally conscious partners and customers who value transparency and action. 

Perform CCWG and EU (European Union) MRV verification at the same time. 

The CCWG verification audit and the EU MRV verification audit may be carried out at the same time to streamline the verification process and increase efficiencies. The observation of processes in place for monitoring, reporting, and checking the data (inc. relevant IT systems), the interviews with key staff, the evidence collected, and the data analyses provide useful inputs to both CCWG and EU MRV verification. The table below compares the verification requirements associated with the CCWG and the EU MRV:

The verification audit consists in review of documents, analysis of data, interviews, audit trails and observation of key processes and IT systems. Key deliverables include a verification report, a detailed issues log and a verification opinion statement with limited assurance. 

Detailed list of items to audit for CCWG 

  1. Fuel consumption
  2. Number of reefers plugs on the vessel
  3. TEU nominal capacity
  4. Reefer consumption per year
  5. CCWG utilization factor
  6. Days vessel operated
  7. Distance sailed
  8. Carbon calculation clause
  9. VSA (Voluntary Sustainability Audit), Slot Charter Agreements & Feeder services specific calculations
  10. Yearly average vessel utilization per trade lane
  11. TEU conversion factors
  12. SOx emissions
  13. TEU standard weight used
  14. A brief statement describing procedures
  15. Trade Lane
  16. Carbon conversion factor
  17. Carbon emission factors

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  1. Initial Review

    Assess carrier documents and conduct preliminary data tests within the Turnkey platform.

  2. On-Site Audit

    Observe reporting processes, interview key personnel, and conduct data sampling for specific vessels. 

  3. Final Review & Report

    Evaluate final data submission and issue an audit report with limited assurance. 

  4. Verification & Certification

    Upon successful verification, receive a CCWG verification certificate. 



Find answers to the most commonly asked questions

What is CCWG verification?

CCWG verification is a process by which an independent third party verifies that a company’s GHG (Green House Gases) emissions data meets the CCWG’s standards. Verification helps to ensure that companies are accurately reporting their emissions and that they are making progress towards their GHG reduction goals. 

What does the CCWG verification process involve?

  1. Data collection: Gather detailed information on fuel consumption, voyages, cargo, and operational parameters. 
  2. Emission calculation: Apply standardized formulas to calculate CO2 and SOx emissions for individual voyages and the entire fleet. 
  3. Independent verification: An accredited third-party auditor assesses data collection, calculation methods, and reporting against CCWG requirements. 
  4. Public reporting: Verified emissions data are submitted to CCWG and published for transparency and benchmarking. 

Does CCWG membership lead to any regulatory advantages?

CCWG membership demonstrates proactive compliance with evolving regulations for emission reporting and reduction in the shipping industry. 
While not guaranteeing direct benefits, participation showcases commitment to transparency and responsible environmental practices, potentially influencing future regulatory decisions.