SFC Conformity Assessment Scheme

The Smart Freight Centre Conformity Assessment Scheme (SFC CAS) for 'Validation and verification of GHG emissions statements for transport chains' provides a global scheme for independent verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

What is the SFC CAS?

The SFC CAS is a logical step in our collaborative work to identify solutions and advocate logistics decarbonization strategies. SFC developed the GLEC Framework, which was the foundation for the new ISO 14083:2023 standard. ISO 14083 further standardized calculation and reporting of GHG emissions from transport chains. Now that ISO 14083 is published, we are focusing on ensuring competent assurance of the reported information.

Third party assurance of sustainability reporting information enhances its credibility. It provides trust that the information is accurate, relevant, reliable and complete. When GHG emissions are verified, stakeholders feel more confident in the data that is reported. ​Stakeholders include scope 3 emissions reporters which need to report on the data provided by their contractors or suppliers.

In SFC’s scheme, conformity with ISO 14083 is mandatory, as is third-party verification. The scheme also provides optional performance levels for reporters to apply for, as they move forward along their decarbonization journey. 

The SFC CAS aims to:

  • Recognize and encourage reporters’ efforts to determine, disclose, manage and reduce their GHG emissions;
  • Provide a database for reporters to demonstrate that they comply with key standards for calculating and reporting GHG emissions in the transport sector;
  • Share tools with stakeholders, such as a template for Emissions Report and a list of tools and programs approved by SFC as being compliant with ISO14083.
  • Provide high-quality training for emissions reporters and verifiers on the ISO 14083 standard;
  • Create a database of Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs) that reporters can trust to carry out a competent, impartial verification service;
  • Specify clear rules for verifying GHG emissions, appropriate for the transport sector, that ensure a consistent approach is applied to all reporters.

Apply for approval as a VVB and/or as a verifier

Request an application form through assurance@smartfreightcentre.org. We are offering a 50% discount on the application fee to the first five VVBs who apply to our scheme.

Downloads and purchases

VVB Manual

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VVB Fee Schedule

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Emissions Reporter Manual

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Emissions Reporter Fee Schedule

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Buy the ISO 14083:2023 standard

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Contact us

If you’d like to learn more through a virtual meeting, please get in touch with us through assurance@smartfreightcentre.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Verification bodies are eligible to provide verification services under the SFC CAS if they are accredited under ISO 17029 for application of ISO 14065 for verification of GHG statements for the transport sector, by an accreditation body that is a signatory of the International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Agreement for GHG Verification.

Verification services must be carried out by persons who have been approved by SFC. This is achieved by attending the SFC training course on ISO 14083 and passing the associated exam.  

Read our VVB Manual for more details. Request our application form through assurance@smartfreightcentre.org.

Our assurance fees for VVBs and emissions reporters can be found in the links on this page. We are offering a 50% discount on the application fee to the first five VVBs who apply to our scheme. 

Yes! We will offer separate courses for VVBs and Emissions Reporters. If you are interested in training for VVB personnel, please get in touch via assurance@smartfreightcentre.org. If you are interested in training for Emissions Reporters, please get in touch via training@smartfreightcentre.org.

You should always select a VVB which is accredited under ISO 17029 for application of ISO 14065 for verification of GHG statements. This can be checked online on the website of the VVB’s Accreditation Body. 

But we aim to go one step further. SFC approval of VVBs aims to support reporters by listing VVBs that can be trusted to carry out a competent, impartial verification service. In due course we will offer a training course specifically for VVBs, and once their verifiers pass the related exam, we will maintain a list of VVBs who are approved by SFC under our CAS. We hope to have more news on this list by September 2023. 

We are finalizing templates for VVB reports, VVB checklists and Emissions Reporter reports. We will share these on our website once they are ready, within the upcoming months of 2023. 

Once we have approved VVBs, we will list them on our website, and you will be able to select one of them to verify your Emissions Report and determine what level of performance you are on. We envisage having more news on this list by September 2023. 

You only need to apply to the SFC CAS once you have received your final Verification report from the VVB. Read our Emissions Reporter Manual for more details. 

SFC currently offers an Accreditation service that calculation tool providers can use to have their calculation and reporting methodology checked against the GLEC Framework. This service will be updated during the course of Q3 and Q4 of 2023 to offer approval directly against the ISO 14083:2023 standard.

The GLEC Framework remains the primary industry guideline to support the implementation of ISO 14083. It will be developed further along industry needs which includes updated emission factors, default emission intensities, sector-specific application guidance and other topics. These industry-led updates will feed into future versions of the ISO 14083 standard.