To support the construction of the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system of the national ETS in China, the project commissioned the China Quality Certification Center (CQC) to support local officials from environmental law enforcement teams at the Bureaus of Ecology and Environment (BEE) in four pilot regions to verify the emissions data of key emission units from the power sector. The four pilot regions are Shanghai, Qinghai Province, Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, and Shijiazhuang in Hebei province. The work was carried out from August to October 2020. The aim of the verification pilots is to assess which role local BEE officials from the environmental law enforcement teams can play in the verification process and potentially integrate it with other environmental reporting requirements. To this end, CQC will check and evaluate the verification reports prepared by the local BEE environmental law enforcement teams and draw up recommendations about the feasibility of the approach. CQC will further identify knowledge gaps and propose measures to strengthen the local BEE’s capacities. The final report will be made available to the MEE to inform the decision-making process on the design of the MRV system of China’s national ETS.

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