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Call for Comment: Technical Guidelines for Validation and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

24 August 2020

On 24 August 2020 the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment gave notice of her intention to publish Technical Guidelines for Validation and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004.

Members of the public are invited to submit comments on the draft guidelines within 30 days – i.e. by before 22 September 2020.

According to the draft, the verification guidelines will be used for purposes of the National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations
to describe the process that must be followed to verify the greenhouse gas emissions data and submissions made by Data Providers in terms of the National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations, to the National Inventory Unit based at the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

The Verification Guidelines will aslo provide further detail on how to implement the requirements of section 11 of the National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulations, which outlines the legal requirements for verification of information submitted by Data Providers to the Department.

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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