To participate in the Equitable Origin System, energy developers and site operators implement the EO100™ Standard by adapting or supplementing their existing management systems and submitting to conformity audits by independent third-party assessment bodies. . If no existing management system exists, the EO100™ Standard is compatible with ISO14001 and other standard programs.
The Equitable Origin system can be applied to a variety of nonrenewable and renewable energy development projects, including oil or natural gas exploration and production sites, solar installations, wind farms, and hydroelectric dams. EO100™ implementation and certification can be undertaken at any point in the lifecycle of an operation, from planning to construction to production/generation to decommissioning.
Following implementation, internal auditing, and management review, the developer/operator selects an Equitable Origin-approved independent assessment body to conduct audit activities and, if it is found to be in compliance with the EO100™ Standard, recommend the operation for certification by EO. Annual or semi-annual verification audits take place after site certification and are followed by a recertification audit every three years. The surveillance cycle includes a random audit scheduled at short notice.
In addition to informing the certification decision made by Equitable Origin, the assessment body scores the operation according to the point system embodied in the EO100™ Standard. A certified operation will generate Equitable Origin Credits corresponding to its energy output and certification score. EO Credits can be sold through the EO Market to downstream customers seeking to support more responsible production practices.