About GSS CERT
System governance
Legal compliance

The principles of the GSS System comply with the following regulations:

  • Directive (EU) 2018/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources,
  • Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) of June 8, 2016. on the protection of undisclosed know-how and commercial information,
  • ISO 14064-2: 2019 Greenhouse gases — Part 2: Specification with guidance at the project level for quantification, monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emission reductions or removal enhancements,
  • Standard EN ISO 14064-3 Greenhouse gases — Part 3: Specification with guidance for the verification and validation of greenhouse gas statements.

The system takes into account the objectives covered by:

  • The Code of Best Practice for Carbon Management Services,
  • The CORSIA Emissions Unit Eligibility Criteria (CORSIA Emissions Unit Eligibility Criteria) Criteria.
Principles of operation

We are aware of the importance of the System’s transparency for all parties to the process, therefore we make every effort to ensure that the way we operate is as transparent as possible. We apply all applicable provisions of European Union law and national regulations.

We guarantee reliability and impartiality, striving to provide all System Participants with the possibility of obtaining equal benefits resulting from participation in the System. We apply the principle of non-discrimination. We take steps to prevent any form of discrimination based on sex, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation when implementing the System. This principle applies to all persons in any way related to the implementation of the System and entities involved in the operation of the System. We also operate in accordance with the principle of contractual loyalty to all persons and entities with whom we enter into contracts.

Our rules
  • Transparency
  • Reliability
  • Impartiality
  • Non-discrimination
  • Contract Loyalty
Documentation

The GSS CERT System documentation specifies rules and conditions necessary for the creation of GSS Units – created in the System, recorded in the Registry, confirming that the reduction of GHG emissions or the increase in GHG removal in the amount of one metric ton of CO2 equivalent has been verified in accordance with the rules of the System.

The documentation of the GSS CERT System also includes provisions defining the rules of trading with GSS Units, including the use of an IT system (GSS IT) enabling the provision of services at a distance, by electronic means and at the individual request of the service recipient.

Organizational structure of the system
  • System Administrator
  • Technical Committee
  • Steering Committee
  • System Secretariat

When creating the organization, we tried to build it in such a way as to effectively manage every important aspect related to the voluntary GHG emission program.

We have distinguished four key areas for which they are responsible:

  • System Administrator,
  • Technical Committee,
  • Steering Committee,
  • System Secretariat.

The superior body is the company’s management board, which acts as the System Administrator. It is responsible for its strategic development and proper functioning. It also supervises the proper operation of the System Registry and the process related to the approval and supervision of the work of external verifiers.

At the operational level, the Technical Committee appointed by the Administrator plays a key role. It is our competence center that takes care of substantive issues and directly supervises the project implementation process for each sector of the economy within which projects are implemented. Within this body, new methodologies are developed and complete processes necessary for the proper implementation of projects are created.

The Steering Committee supervises the work of the Technical Committee and gives opinions on the Administrator’s most important decisions from the point of view of the System. It consists of GSS employees as well as people from outside the organization, including experts and representatives of the groups of the System’s stakeholders. The composition of the Steering Committee ensures the necessary level of competence to assess the correct course of the supervised process. Each decision of the Technical Committee, significant from the point of view of the functioning of the System, is subject to the Steering Committee’s opinion. The final decision, based on the opinion of the Steering Committee, is made by the Administrator.

The internal and external communication of the System is ensured by the Secretariat of the GSS CERT System. It ensures efficient organization within the System and supervises the documentation.

Reporting violations
  • Confidentiality of notifications
  • Anonymity

We guarantee the effective protection of confidentiality for persons who report or disclose information in the public interest, including the European public interest, concerning illegal or prohibited acts, or which constitute a threat or cause harm, which harm or jeopardize the public interest.

Any irregularities should be submitted in writing to the Management Board of GSS to the address of the Administrator’s headquarters. It is also possible to submit a violation via e-mail.