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The Carbon Accounting (Wales) Regulations 2018 are a set of regulations implemented in Wales, UK, to track and report greenhouse gas emissions from public sector organizations. The purpose of these regulations is to support the Welsh Government's target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels.
Under the regulations, public sector organizations in Wales are required to measure, report, and publish their greenhouse gas emissions annually. The reporting requirements cover six greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulphur hexafluoride. The reporting must be carried out using methodologies that are consistent with international standards, such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
The regulations apply to a wide range of public sector organizations, including local authorities, health boards, and Welsh Government bodies. Private sector organizations that provide public services, such as transport and waste management, may also be subject to the regulations.
The Carbon Accounting (Wales) Regulations 2018 aim to increase transparency and accountability in the public sector's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By tracking and reporting emissions, public sector organizations can identify areas where they can reduce their carbon footprint and take steps towards achieving Wales' emissions reduction targets.
Under The Carbon Accounting (Wales) Regulations 2018, public sector organizations in Wales are required to measure, report, and publish their greenhouse gas emissions annually. The evidence requirements for compliance with the regulations include the following:
1. Measuring emissions: Public sector organizations must measure their greenhouse gas emissions using internationally recognized methodologies, such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Emissions should be measured for all activities that are under the organization's direct control, including energy use, transportation, and waste management.
2. Reporting emissions: Public sector organizations must report their greenhouse gas emissions in a transparent and consistent manner. The reporting should cover six greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulphur hexafluoride. Organizations must report their emissions for the previous year and make this information publicly available.
3. Verification: Public sector organizations must have their greenhouse gas emissions verified by an independent third party. The verification should confirm that the organization's emissions have been calculated in accordance with the reporting requirements and are based on accurate data.
The evidence requirements for The Carbon Accounting (Wales) Regulations 2018 aim to ensure that public sector organizations in Wales are accurately measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions. By doing so, these organizations can identify areas where they can reduce their carbon footprint and take steps towards achieving Wales' emissions reduction targets.
There are no explicit exemptions to The Carbon Accounting (Wales) Regulations 2018 for public sector organizations that are required to report their greenhouse gas emissions. However, certain public sector bodies may be exempted from some of the reporting requirements if they meet certain conditions. For example:
1. Smaller organizations: Public sector organizations with fewer than 250 employees may be exempt from some of the reporting requirements if they can demonstrate that reporting would be disproportionate to the size and nature of their operations.
2. Non-devolved functions: Public sector organizations that are responsible for functions that are not devolved to Wales, such as defense or foreign affairs, may be exempt from reporting those emissions.
3. National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Public sector organizations that manage National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales may be exempt from reporting emissions related to recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, that take place within those areas.
It's worth noting that exemptions are not automatic and must be applied for. Public sector organizations must provide evidence to demonstrate that they meet the relevant exemption criteria.
For businesses, as voluntary reporting is not covered by the regulations, there are no exemptions to the requirements that might apply. However, businesses may choose to report their emissions using recognized frameworks such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which offer some flexibility in terms of reporting boundaries and scope, depending on the nature and size of the organization.
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