Ministry of Environment Greenhouse Gas Verification

Preparation Process of Monitoring Plan

Monitoring Plan is that an enterprise whose activities have been specified within the scope of Annex-1 of the Regulation on Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Emissions shall prepare a monitoring method transparently and in a manner that it can be verified in order to monitor greenhouse gas emissions.

Monitoring Plan shall be valid until the next decision of the Ministry, after it is approved by the Ministry. Improvement in monitoring plans can be demanded, if it is seen required by the verifying establishment that has confirmed the Emission Reports or enterprise. The amendment made in the monitoring plans must be approved by the Ministry in this case.

Monitoring Plan offers a method to monitor emissions and properly report the emissions that have been monitored within the scope of Emission Report. This monitoring method should be a method that can be implemented in the facility in technical and financial terms. Improper construction of the Monitoring Plan and forgetting certain emission resources may cause the amount of the emission to be miscalculated; therefore it is vital that the Monitoring Plan should be complete and accurate.

Am I Included In The Scope Of The Regulation?

The facility should primarily view whether the activities in the Annex-1 of the Regulation have been carried out or not. Firstly, all the activities conducted in the facility shall be specified, before any elimination is carried out. Then, these activities are divided into two main titles: activity of fuel incineration and the other activities listed in the Annex-1 of the Regulation.

  • Incinerator units are listed, unless any other activity is carried out in the facility apart from fuel incineration. Then; hazardous and domestic waste incinerator units, the units where biomass is used and the units of which nominal heat power is below 3 megawatts (MW) shall be removed from these units (The unit using only biomass is defined as the unit using fossil fuel only in the start and termination.). Finally, the nominal heat powers of the remaining units are added. The units using only biomass and the ones of which nominal heat power is below 3 megawatts (MW) that have been previously removed are included into the Monitoring Plan, if the total nominal heat power of these units exceeds 20 megawatts (MW). However; the facility are not included into the scope of the Annex-1 of the Regulation and thus the facility is not required to prepare Monitoring Plan, unless the total nominal heat power exceeds 20 megawatts (MW) of thermal.
  • The activities are checked whether they have exceeded the threshold value specified in the Annex-1 of the Regulation or not, if other activity is or activities are carried out in the facility apart from fuel incineration. This facility is decided that it has been included into the Regulation or not, after the activities have been completed; in case where the activity or activities exceeds the specified threshold value. Furthermore; the activities of fuel incineration carried out in the facility are included in the Monitoring Plan. This facility is determined that it has been excluded from the scope in terms of activities, unless the activity exceeds or activities exceed the threshold value specified in the Annex-1 of the Regulation. Subsequently, the activities of fuel incineration in the facility are considered. In this case, the above mentioned procedure of fuel incineration is followed.

Significant Terms !

a- Definition of Activity

The Activity is the action that has been listed in Annex-1 of the Regulation and causes greenhouse gas emissions. Enterprises should define their activities included in the scope of Annex-1 of the Regulation within the Monitoring Plan. Therefore; they should accurately indicate the activities within the scope and the capacity of these activities (the annual production amount  of each activity) in the Monitoring Plan.

b- Emission Source

Emission source is the unit where the process or the incineration that occurs and causes emissions in the facility shall be carried out. In other words, emission source shall refer to the units causing emissions in the facility. Completely indication of emission sources is important in terms of emissions to be calculated and Monitoring Plan to be completely filled.

c- Emission Point

Emission point is the point of exit where greenhouse gas emissions occurring in each emission source are released into the atmosphere (for example: chimney etc.). Emission points where emissions are released to the environment are determined, after emission sources are identified. Identification of emission points is vital, because it provides convenience in terms of monitoring emissions.

d- Annual Estimated Total Emission

“Annual emission” means the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by the facility in the previous calender year and resulting from the activities specified within the scope of Annex-1 of the Regulation. The facility should exclude CO2 emissions resulting from biomass and include the transferred CO2 as well as ground its annual emissions on a prudential calculation based on its capacity report.

e- Facility Category

Facility category is a classification that helps determination of the detail level of monitoring procedure which will be carried out or the extend where it will make effort. Category of the facility is decided based on the Annual Estimated Emission Amount specified in the Monitoring Plan.

  • Category A (DE): The facility of which verified annual emission in the reporting period apart from CO2 resulting from biomass, but including the transferred CO2, is equal or below 25.000 tons of CO2 (esd),
  • Category A: The facility of which verified annual emission in the reporting period apart from CO2 resulting from biomass, but including the transferred CO2, is equal or below 50.000 tons of CO2 (esd),
  • Category B: The facility of which verified annual emission in the reporting period apart from CO2 resulting from biomass, but including the transferred CO2, is above 50.000 tons of
    CO2 (esd) and equal or below 500.000 tons of CO2(esd),
  • Category C: The facility of which verified annual emission in the reporting period apart from CO2 resulting from biomass, but including the transferred CO2 is above 500.000 tons of CO2 (esd).

Verification Process

a- Verifying establishment Selection

Enterprises must sign their verification contracts every year until the date of November, 15 of the year to which the greenhouse gas emission report shall be verified belongs. Verifying companies provide verification service only to the enterprises that carry on activities within the scope of accreditation; therefore this subject should be considered, when verifying company is selected.

Verification Contracts must be compatible with the minimum wage and times specified by the Ministry of Environment.

b- Strategic Analysis

Verifying establishment carries out strategic analysis on all the relevant activities of the facility at the beginning of verification so as to identify the feature, scale and complication of the activity that it will carry out within the verification  process.

Verifying establishment collects and reviews the required documents to comprehend the activities carried out by the facility, assess competence of verifying team, evaluate conformity of verification process specified in the contract and perform risk analysis.

It is not mandatory that the verifying establishment that perform verification process within 2 (two) years with the facility shall carry out strategic analysis and field visit.

Strategic analysis should be performed in the field and it should not last shorter than the minimum periods of time specified by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

c- Process Analysis

Verifying establishment performs one field visit or more to evaluate borders of the facility, flows of funds and completeness of emission sources with the purpose of assessing functions of measurement devices and monitoring systems, having interviews, carrying out the activities required by this Notice, collecting sufficient data, information and documents that enable the establishment to be convinced about the greenhouse gas report not to include significant incorrect feedbacks throughout the verification process.

It is mandatory that there shall be an employee with technical competency at the relevant activities in the verifying team that will perform field visits.

Verifying establishment performs extra visits for the relevant data flow and control activities carried out in other locations such as headquarter of the company and offices outside the field, if necessary, so as to verify the greenhouse gas emission report based on the risk analysis.

Process Analysis consisting of field visits and office work should not last shorter than the minimum periods of time specified by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

d- Submission of the Verified Report to the Ministry of Environment

Greenhouse gas emission report can only be verified via a reasonable confidence, in cases where it does not include significant incorrect feedbacks. Verifying remark is prepared over the online software portal of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and submitted to the facility via an electronic signature by the verifying establishment, after field visit and office works are completed. The report verified by the authority of the facility is submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization over the portal by the facility and the process is completed.