Green-e Climate Verification consists of two main elements, the annual Verification Audit and the twice-yearly Marketing Compliance Review.
The Verification Process Audit requires providers of retail Green-e Climate certified carbon offsets to complete an annual third-party verification audit of their carbon offset purchases and sales.
The Verification Process Audit is designed by the Center for Resource Solutions and conducted by an independent certified public accounting firm. The Verification Process Audit uses company contracts, invoices, and billing statements to verify the following:
The Marketing Compliance Review (MCR), conducted by Green-e Climate staff, ensures that sellers of certified carbon offsets are abiding by the Green-e Climate Code of Conduct.
During MCR, staff confirms that the carbon offset provider is not making false or misleading statements about their certified product and that they have made accurate disclosures to customers in a standardized format. This review occurs twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. The Green-e Climate Code of Conduct outlines Green-e Climate requirements with regards to MCR, consumer information disclosure, and logo use and language.