• Public Statements
  • ANSI Accreditation
  • EMA Accreditation

Public Statements

  • Appeals Handling Process

    RCE has an established process to handle and resolve appeals that arise during the provision of 3rd party validation and verification (V&V) services and non-V&V services, including reconsideration of a decision RCE has made relating to the validation or verification statement. This process is administered by RCE’s Internal Auditor, who is independent from the verification team and process.  The Internal Auditor will select a Project Investigator from one of the lead verifier/senior reviewers on the RCE staff that is independent of the validation or verification to investigate all validation or verification related appeals.

    The RCE Internal Auditor will provide the name and title of the RCE personnel selected to investigate the appeal and a detailed description of RCE’s appeals process from RCE’s Validation and Verification Policies and Procedures to the company or person submitting the appeal.

    If you would like to file an appeal related to RCE’s 3rd party V&V services, please contact the RCE Internal Auditor at ekerby@rubycanyoneng.com.

    Please include in your submission:

    • The client’s name and contact information
    • The nature of the dispute (i.e. miscalculation, interpretation of a protocol)
    • The resolution sought

    The RCE IA will send a formal notice of the outcome of the investigation to the company or person(s) who lodged the verification-related appeal.  RCE IA shall ensure that decisions on appeals do not result in any discriminatory actions against the appellant.

  • Complaints Handling Process

    RCE has an established process to handle and resolve complaints that arise during the provision of 3rd party validation and verification (V&V) services and non-V&V services, including a dissatisfaction related to a validation or verification activities. This process is administered by the Internal Auditor, who is independent from the verification team and process.  The Internal Auditor will select a Project Investigator from one of the lead verifier/senior reviewers on the RCE staff that is independent of the validation or verification to investigate all validation or verification related complaints.

    If a complaint is not related to a validation or verification service, the Internal Auditor will select a member of Senior Management that is not involved with the subject of the complaint to handle the investigation. 

    The RCE Internal Auditor will provide the name and title of the RCE personnel selected to investigate the complaint and a detailed description of RCE’s complaints process from RCE’s Validation and Verification Policies and Procedures to the company or person submitting the complaint.

    If you would like to submit a complaint related to RCE’s 3rd party V&V services or submit a non-V/V complaint, please contact the RCE Internal Auditor at ekerby@rubycanyoneng.com.

    Please include in your submission:

    • The client’s name and contact information
    • The nature of the dispute (complaint on grounds of X, etc.)
    • The resolution sought
  • Impartiality Statement

    RCE realizes that impartiality is critical to the credibility of the work that it performs and the need to ensure that decisions are made based on objective criteria. To safeguard impartiality in its client engagements, including its 3rd party V/V activities, RCE has established a procedure to evaluate risks to impartiality and potential conflicts of interest (COI). As part of client pre-engagement activities, RCE conducts a thorough review to identify risks to impartiality and potential conflicts of interest through the completion of an internal COI test. If risks are identified, RCE assesses the level of risk associated with the potential threat. Risks are classified as low, medium, or high. High-risk engagements are not pursued. Medium risk engagements are further evaluated to determine how RCE is able to effectively mitigate or avoid the risk. Furthermore, RCE requires all V & V team members, senior reviewers, and technical consultants to attest to impartiality by signing a project-specific COI certification form.

    In addition to protecting impartiality, RCE ensures the objectivity of its V/V activities through adherence to engineering principles and the application of auditing and verification best practices, including reliance upon evidence in the development of statements regarding GHG assertions. 

  • RCE Public Statements and Confidentiality Policy Statement

    Ruby Canyon Engineering (RCE) treats as strictly confidential all information obtained or produced in 3rd party validation and verification (V/V) assessments. Except as required by witness audits and accreditation assessments by accreditation bodies such as ANSI or oversight authorities of GHG programs, RCE will not disclose to a third party, without a client’s prior written consent, any information that comes into its possession, the possession of its employees, or affiliates in the course of client engagements. Where disclosure is required by a relevant reporting program, RCE will give timely notification to its clients prior to any release of information to the public domain. RCE uses a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement to safeguard client’s confidential information.

ANSI Accreditation

  • ANSI Accreditation

    Ruby Canyon Engineering (RCE) is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited, third-party GHG validating and verification body under ISO 14065: 2013 Greenhouse gases — Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition. RCE is able to perform verifications of assertions related to GHG emissions and removals at both the “project level” and “organizational level”.

  • ANSI Project Level Scopes
     

    Project Scopes

    Examples of GHG Project Types

    Approved

    1 – GHG emission reductions from fuel combustion

    • Renewable Energy Production: (hydropower, biomass energy, biomass fuels, geothermal power, solar power, wind energy, fuel cell)
    • Energy Efficiency Improvements: (fuel switching, waste heat recovery, cogeneration)
    • Transportation
     Yes

    2 – GHG emission reductions from industrial processes (non-combustion, chemical reaction, fugitive and other)

    • Ozone Depleting Substances Destruction
    • SF6 replacement
    • SF6 emission avoidance
    • HFC destruction/decomposition
    • PFC anode effect mitigation
    • Production of nitric acid and acidic acid
    • Reduced emissions from destruction of N2O in manufacturing
    Yes

    3 – Land Use and Forestry

    • Sequestration of carbon due to afforestation, avoided deforestation, sustainable forest management, forest products)
    • Soil carbon sequestration (no-till, grass cover)
    Yes

    4 – Carbon Capture and Storage

    • Emissions sources that are injected into underground geological formations (e.g. abandoned oil and gas reservoirs, saline aquifers, or unminable coal seams)
    No

    5 – Livestock

    • Methane Collection and Destruction
    • Livestock and other anaerobic digester operations
    • Agricultural methane emission reduction
    • Agricultural carbon emission reduction
    Yes

    6 – Waste Handling and Disposal

    • Capture and destruction of Landfill gas
    • Capture and use of Landfill gas (biodigestion, aerobic treatment)
    • Methane recovery in wastewater treatment
    • Avoidance of methane production in wastewater treatment
    • Coal Mine Methane
    Yes

     

  • ANSI Organizational Level Verification Scopes

    Organizational Scopes

    Examples of Organizational Sectors

    Approved

    1 – General

    Organizational inventories (corporate reporters) e.g. public administration, education, transport, storage and communications, information technology, state and local government Yes

    2 – Manufacturing

    Food products, household goods, textiles, wood products, pulp and paper, basic metals and fabricated metal products, electrical equipment, machinery and equipment, electrical and optical equipment, aerospace, medical devices, rubber and plastic productsYes

    3 – Power Generation

    Combustion of natural gas or coal, Transmission and distributionYes

    4 – Electric Power Transactions

    Purchase transactions, resale transactions, wheeling

    Yes

    5 – Mining and Mineral Production

    Cement production, lime production, glass production, coal, other process uses of carbonatesYes

    6 – Metals Production

    Aluminum, ferroalloy, iron, steel, lead, magnesium, zincYes
    7 – Chemical ProductionAdipic acid production, ammonia production, nitric acid production, caprolactam, glyoxal and glyoxylic acid production, carbide production, titanium dioxide production, soda ash production, fluorochemical productionYes
    8 – Oil and gas extraction, production and refining including petrochemicalsOil and natural gas production, pipelines, and specialty organic chemical production, refiningYes
    9 – WasteMunicipal and industrial landfills, manure management systems, wastewaterYes
    10 – Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU)Removal of CO2 from the atmosphere by forests and rangelands and emissions resulting from actions such as decomposition, harvest, conversion or development, fire, and species choiceYes

     

EMA Accreditation

  • EMA Accreditation

    Ruby Canyon Engineering (RCE) is an Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación (EMA) accredited, third-party GHG verification body under ISO 14065: 2013 Greenhouse gases — Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition as of February 26, 2016.  RCE is able to perform verifications of assertions related to GHG emissions and removals at both the “project level” and “organizational level”.

  • EMA Project Level Scopes

    Project Scopes

    Project Validation

    Project Verification

    1 – Energy

    YesYes

    2 – Industrial Processes

    YesYes

    3 – Agriculture

    YesYes

    4 – Waste

    YesYes

    5 – Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry

    YesYes
  • EMA Organizational Level Verification Scopes

    Organizational Scopes

    Organizational Verification

    1 – Energy

    Yes

    2 – Industrial Processes

    Yes

    3 – Agriculture

    No

    4 – Waste

    No

    5 – Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry

    No