About GSS CERT
General information

GSS CERT is an international, voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction program.

The purchase of GSS emission reduction units enables a company, services or products to become carbon neutral.

Our product: certified greenhouse gas emission reduction units – GSS.

GSS CERT is an international, voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction program that includes projects from the waste management, renewable energy production and LULUCF sectors.

GSS Cert offers certified emission reduction units in the form of GSS Units. The purchase of GSS emission reduction units enables a company, services or products to become carbon neutral.

The GSS system has got the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Climate and Environment of Poland, as an initiative raising awareness of environmental protection.

Our product: certified greenhouse gas emission reduction units – GSS.

The aim of the system is to create an ecological effect by reducing GHG emissions. The basis of the System is the obligation of Participants to reduce emissions or increase emission removal.

GSS Cert enables investors of reduction projects to operate and develop them.

The system is voluntary and refers directly to the provisions of European Union law as well as international regulations and obligations.

Basic information
  • The system is based on international validation and verification standards.
  • Safe technology: the design, emissions and lifecycle of the certificates are fully transparent.
  • The achieved emission reductions are certified by an independent external verifier.
  • The calculation methodology was developed on the basis of the UNFCCC and RED II methodology.
  • A conservative approach to the data and measures is used in our calculations.
  • The rules of the Scheme ensure that the potential for an increase in emissions elsewhere is assessed and prevented and that the project does not cause environmental and social damage.
System participants
  • System Administrator
  • Independent system’s validator
  • Independent system’s validator
  • Investors of reduction projects – Participants
  • Enterprises interested in reducing GHG emissions by offsetting – Users

All entities that meet the requirements of the System, regardless of the country of origin, may participate in the System.

The parties involved in the activities of GSS Cert are the following entities:

System Administrator
It is responsible for the strategic development of the System and its 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.

The Technical Committee appointed by the Administrator plays the role of a competence center that takes care of substantive issues and supervises the process of project implementation. Within this body, new methodologies are developed and complete processes necessary for the proper implementation of projects are created. The work of the Technical Committee is supervised by the Steering Committee.

Independent system’s validator
The GSS CERT system has been validated by BUREAU VERITAS for compliance with the requirements of ISO 14064-2, and the verification process of each project is carried out in accordance with the 14064-3 standard.

Investors of reduction projects – Participants
They are system participants who implement reduction projects. Thanks to their efforts, reductions in GHG emissions are created, which are the basis for the creation of GSS reduction units (supply of units in the System).

The condition for participation in the System is the development and implementation of an effective source data monitoring system in accordance with the system requirements and the validation of this system and installation by an external validator.

For each project covered by the System, a PDD (Project Definition Document) and a monitoring plan are developed, which are the basis for the verification of monitored data. Only based on that, the amount of reduced and absorbed GHG emissions is confirmed and certificates are generated in the GSS CERT system.
Each of the projects meets at least 3 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Enterprises interested in reducing GHG emissions by offsetting – Users
Companies with strategic carbon-neutral targets take various steps to reduce their GHG emissions. One of them is emission offset, which is the purchase and retirement of GSS units. Through the purchase of GSS offsets, enterprises support reduction projects and constitute the demand of units in the System.

Types of reduction projects
  • Afforestation, reforestation and restoration
  • Avoided emissions from biogas and biomethane leading to a negative carbon footprint
  • Avoidance of emissions from agriculture and livestock
  • Replacing fossil fuels

GSS is open to all reduction projects that meet the criteria. Currently, the System includes projects from the sectors of waste management and renewable energy production.

Afforestation, reforestation and restoration
Reforestation is the process of planting trees in a forest where the number of trees is declining. Afforestation occurs when new trees are planted or seeds are sown in an area where there were previously no trees, creating a new forest.

Avoided emissions from biogas and biomethane leading to a negative carbon footprint
Biogas and biomethane reduce emissions by replacing fossil fuels, prevent leakage of methane from manure, store carbon in the soil or by producing green fertilizers, they prevent emissions from the production of artificial fertilizers, improving soil quality.

Avoidance of emissions from agriculture and livestock
Methane emissions from livestock manure are captured, optimized and used instead of being naturally released into the atmosphere during manure storage.

Replacing fossil fuels
Biogas can generate renewable electricity and heat. Biomethane, an upgraded biogas, can be directly injected into the gas grid without the need to replace grid infrastructure or consumer equipment.

Currently, the projects in our portfolio come from the EU countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

System components
  • System governance
  • System organizational structure
  • GSS Registry
  • GSS reduction units

The GSS consists of the following elements:

System governance
It is a set of regulations forming the principles of GSS operation. These include GSS Regulations, Regulations of GSS Units, Trading Regulations, Registry Regulations or Participation Regulations.

System organizational structure
The system consists of four key areas: System Administrator, Technical Committee, Steering Committee, System Secretariat.

GSS Registry
The GSS CERT System Registry stores and processes information ensuring the integrity and security of the System, its transparency and the correct implementation of activities such as:

  • participation requirements,
  • project validation,
  • design verification,
  • management of GSS units,
  • maintaining the register,
  • verification of GSS units.

GSS reduction units
The system refers to the basic criteria, ensuring that each emission reduction or removal enhancement unit in the GSS:

  • is unique,
  • is based on a realistic and credible baseline scenario,
  • is calculated, monitored, reported and independently verified,
  • has a clearly defined and transparent system of controlling its origin and managing the process of its creation,
  • represents the permanent reduction or absorption of GHG,
  • is used only once to fulfil the GHG reduction commitment, the so-called emission offset by the buyer.