The National Emissions Registry (RENE) is a public policy instrument derived from the General Law on Climate Change (LGCC) in 2012, with the aim of compiling information on direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases and compound emissions (CyGEI) generated by the fixed and mobile sources of the different productive sectors across the country, which is used to trace climate policies in Mexico.

Annually, Establishments Subject to Reporting (ESR) regulated by the RENE Regulation, report their CyGEI emissions to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). The reports must be verified every 3 years by a Certification Body for the Verification and Validation of GHG Emissions (OC-VV-GEI) accredited by the Mexican Accreditation Entity (EMA) and approved by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), which certifies the relevance, integrity, consistency, transparency and precision of the information they contain.

The recent Emissions Trading System (ETS) Test Program in Mexico, effective as of January 1, 2020, is integrated with the information reported in the RENE and establishes the obligation of regulated facilities in the preliminary bases of the ETS, to present positive verification opinion on an annual basis only for its direct carbon dioxide emissions, in accordance with the procedure and criteria provided in the RENE Regulations.

In order to continue strengthening and creating OC-VV-GHG capacities in Mexico, SEMARNAT, in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through the project “Preparation of an Emissions Trading System in Mexico ”(SiCEM), organized the series of online seminars “Methodological Aspects for GHG Verification within the Framework of the report to the National Emissions Registry and the Emissions Trading System for Mexico”, with the participation of the EMA, PROFEPA, and 16 OC-VV-GEIs.

The seminars were held on August 24, 27 and 31, 2020 with the purpose of reinforcing the knowledge of the OC-VV-GHGs on the methodological aspects for the development of a risk analysis, the preparation and planning of sampling plans, and the calculation of materiality in the GHG emissions verification process based on the CyGEI Emissions Verification Criteria issued by SEMARNAT. In this way, it seeks to strengthen the verification process to provide reliability and transparency to the RENE and the ETS.

Seminar 1: Monday, August 24, 2020. Development of Risk Analysis.

Seminar 2: Thursday, August 27, 2020. Data Sampling and Materiality – Regulation, Concepts and Calculation.

Seminar 3: Monday, August 31, 2020. Materiality Calculation and Application of Sampling Methodologies.