Accreditation

The Environmental Body (EB) Accreditation process was introduced in 2007.  The process is intended to reduce the administrative burden on those EBs which deliver large numbers of projects on a regular basis by allowing them to approve their own projects. In order to attain Accredited status, EBs need to demonstrate high standards of corporate governance and internal control. .

EBs are required to contact an ENTRUST Compliance Manager if they wish to apply for accreditation. 

What is involved?

The Accreditation process involves a detailed review of an EB’s internal control systems and procedures. The Accreditation assessment covers four areas:

  • Governance and management;
  • Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) funding arrangements;
  • Project compliance; and
  • EB systems and operations.

An Accreditation assessment report will be provided at the end of the review which will detail any areas of improvement required to attain Accredited status.

We are committed to working with you and providing you with advice and guidance to ensure you are able to meet the necessary standards.

Benefits of Accreditation are:

  • an abbreviated project approval form to reduce the administrative burden;
  • automatic approval of projects submitted online
  • an increased level of confidence from Landfill Operators (LO) and other EBs making contributions to you
  • an annual assessment of internal controls to ensure that your EB continues to be well run and properly structured; and
  • we can audit the performance of the LCF with the knowledge that funds are managed by organisations with high standards of corporate governance and internal controls.

Environmental Bodies

FAQs

Q. How do I maintain my Accredited status?

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All Accredited Environmental Bodies (EBs) will be subject to an annual review to ensure the procedures and internal controls in place at the award of accreditation have been maintained and projects have been delivered in accordance with the Regulations.

Q. How does my Environmental Body become Accredited?

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An Environmental Body (EB) can become Accredited by applying to the ENTRUST Compliance Department. The process will involve a detailed review of the EB’s governance, management and Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) procedures to ensure they are sufficiently detailed and robust to ensure compliance with the Regulations. 

Q. Once Accredited, am I still able to submit projects to ENTRUST for approval?

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Accredited Environmental Bodies (EBs) are granted automatic approval of their own projects through ENTRUST online (EOL), but this is subject to monitoring by us to ensure appropriate standards are maintained. Accredited EBs will still be able to submit projects to us for approval in the normal way if they wish.

Q. What benefits does the Accreditation process give Environmental Bodies?

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Accredited Environmental Bodies (EBs) will be subject to a lighter regulatory touch through an annual accreditation review. In addition, Accredited EBs have automatic approval for projects submitted through our ENTRUST online (EOL) system and benefit from a reduced project approval form.

Q. What if my organisation does not reach the required standard to be Accredited?

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Environmental Bodies (EBs) assessed for accreditation are provided with a report detailing the areas of improvement required to be implemented to attain Accredited status. We are committed to working with and providing support to EBs to ensure they are able to meet the necessary standard.

Q. What is the Environmental Bodies (EBs) Accreditation scheme?

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The Environmental Body (EB) Accreditation process was introduced in 2007. The process is intended to reduce the administrative burden on those EBs which deliver large numbers of projects on a regular basis by allowing them to approve their own projects. In order to attain Accredited status EBs need to demonstrate high standards of corporate governance and internal controls.