The UK Government's Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting
The AEA group is an independent company appointed by DECC as the Approval Body responsible for managing the process and procedures for approving offsets. This involves maintaining the Approval Body's website, awarding offset approval, and licensing use of the quality mark. The Approval Body will monitor and ensure compliance with the requirements of the Scheme and use of the Scheme’s associated quality mark.
The process of approval will be self-financing, i.e. companies wishing to have offsets approved will be required to pay for this service. This recognises the commercial value attached to using the Quality Mark.
The Government funded the set-up costs of the Scheme. It will regularly review the operation of the approval process and the requirements of the Scheme. This includes considering whether Voluntary Emissions Reductions (VERs) could be included in the Scheme in the future, subject to a satisfactory level of assurance becoming available about their quality, and especially additionality.
Carbon Offset Team (AEA Group plc)
Gemini Building, Fermi Avenue
Didcot OX11 0QR
tel: 0870 190 6025