Assessor – is defined as an individual or company whose core business deals with carbon management and is registered with the Carbon Protocol of South Africa for the purpose of conducting carbon footprints.
For Assessors: Assessors need to apply to become a member of the Carbon Protocol of South Africa. This can be done by registering online. There will be an annual charge of R1500 for an individual and R2000 for an organisation to become an Assessor. Assessors will need to sign an Assessor Appointment Agreement in which they undertake to act in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and/or PAS2050 and they will be held liable if found not to comply with these guidelines. In this agreement Assessors declare that they will act out their duties in strict accordance with the Principles of the Carbon Protocol of South Africa (see the Carbon Protocol). Assessors must agree to work in accordance with the correct emissions factors. Assessors also agree to give the Carbon Protocol of South Africa permission to develop a registry of all companies which use the Carbon Protocol of South Africa logo, including baseline and reduction information.
Assessors agree to abide by the principles of the Carbon Protocol of South Africa (as per the GHG Protocol) which are as follows:
- RELEVANCE: Ensure the GHG inventory appropriately reflects the GHG emissions of the company and serves the decision-making needs of users – both internal and external to the company.
- COMPLETENESS: Account for and report on all GHG emission sources and activities within the chosen inventory boundary. Disclose and justify any specific exclusions.
- CONSISTENCY: Use consistent methodologies to allow for meaningful comparisons of emissions over time. Transparently document any changes to the data, inventory boundary, methods, or any other relevant factors in the time series.
- TRANSPARENCY: Address all relevant issues in a factual and coherent manner, based on a clear audit trail. Disclose any relevant assumptions and limitations and make appropriate references to the accounting and calculation methodologies and data sources used.
- ACCURACY: Ensure that the quantification of GHG emissions is systematically neither over nor under actual emissions, as far as can be judged, and that uncertainties are reduced as far as practicable. Achieve sufficient accuracy to enable users to make decisions with reasonable assurance as to the integrity of the reported information.
- OBJECTIVITY AND HONESTY: The functioning and success of the Carbon Protocol of South Africa will rely on the Assessors’ ability to act in good faith, with honestly and objectivity at all times.