Assessment Status

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Readers of the information on these webpages (including relating to program and Category assessment accessed through the links below) should note that the status tables below provide information on an ongoing process that is evolving over 2024. It is the Integrity Council’s intention to process each assessment as efficiently as possible and release each Governing Board decision as soon as possible after it has been taken.

The assessment process should be understood as an ongoing process over time, with no specific decision having specific implications for any other program or Category. Some assessment processes and decisions may take longer to complete than average times; no inferences should be drawn from this. The overall approach to the assessment process means that no inference should be drawn from the sequencing contained in the tables below or the processing of decisions. The pages below will be updated as needed on normal working days to provide information on the current status of assessment but are for information only.

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Carbon Credit Program Assessment Status

The Integrity Council is currently assessing for adherence to the Core Carbon Principles Assessment Framework:

  1. Carbon-crediting programs to determine whether a carbon-crediting program can be approved as CCP-Eligible.
  2. Categories of carbon credits, to determine whether a Category of carbon credits may be labelled as CCP-Approved by a CCP-Eligible program.

Once assessments are complete, Programs deemed to be CCP-Eligible will be able to issue CCP-Approved carbon credits from CCP-Approved Categories of carbon credits.

The outcomes of these assessments are submitted to the Governing Board for formal decision.

The steps in the carbon-crediting program application and assessment process are as follows:

  1. Integrity Council confirms program application has been received via the Assessment Platform.
  2. Integrity Council checks that the program’s application is complete (once complete the application is published on this page).
  3. Integrity Council starts assessment.
  4. A draft evaluation report based on the assessment will be prepared by the Secretariat. The reports will be prepared in the order that assessments are completed.
  5. The reports are submitted to the Standard Oversight Committee which makes a recommendation to the Governing board of the Integrity Council.
  6. The Governing Board of the Integrity Council will meet to consider the recommendation of the Standard Oversight Committee and render a decision.
  7. Governing Board makes decision.

We’ve designed our rules so that programs that are already approved by the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as CORSIA Eligible Emissions Unit Programmes (CORSIA-Eligible) need only to provide evidence to ICVCM that they meet the CCP’s additional high-integrity criteria around effective governance, credit tracking, transparency and robust, independent third-party validation and verification.

If a program isn’t already approved as CORSIA-Eligible, it can still apply for assessment, but it will need to provide evidence to ICVCM that it meets the CORSIA requirements as well as the additional ICVCM CCP criteria.

ICVCM is aware that CORSIA assessments in relation to eligibility for the 2024-2026 Compliance Period (first Phase) are ongoing. Interim or conditional approval decisions taken by relevant CORSIA and International Civil Aviation Organization Council in relation to the carbon crediting programs will be taken into account to the extent relevant for our Assessment Framework.

Carbon Credit Category Assessment

The ICVCM Category Assessment process began in October 2023 with the convening of the Categories Working Group (CWG). The CWG has now has concluded its work (see table below), classifying Categories of carbon credits into one of three types of assessment:

  • Internal assessment, undertaken by the Integrity Council Executive Secretariat staff and its Experts.
  • Multistakeholder assessment, an assessment undertaken by one of six multistakeholder working groups (MSWGs) which include carbon crediting methodology experts from within and outside the Integrity Council and from the Integrity Council’s Standard Oversight Committee (a sub-committee of the Governing Board).
  • Considered by the Categories Working Group to be very unlikely to meet the criteria and requirements of the Assessment Framework. Category is deprioritised in the scheduling of assessment and will be assessed for adherence to the criteria and requirements of the Assessment Framework when other Category assessments are completed. 

The steps in the Category assessment process are summarised as follows:

  1. Internal or MSWG assessment has been scheduled or is in progress. 
  2. Internal or MSWG assessment is complete. 
  3. A draft evaluation report based on the assessment will be prepared by the Secretariat for each Category. The reports will be prepared in the order that assessments are completed. 
  4. The reports are submitted to the Standard Oversight Committee which makes a recommendation to the Governing board of the Integrity Council. 
  5. The Governing Board of the Integrity Council will meet to consider the recommendation of the Standard Oversight Committee and render a decision. 
  6. Governing Board makes decision.
CategoryMethodologies within this categoryAssessment TrackIn progressPreparing draft evaluation report and recommendationScheduled for Governing Board considerationDecision – CCP ApprovedDecision – Requiring Remedial ActionDecision – Rejected
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (Including Natural Forest Establishment and Agroforestry)ACR Afforestation and Reforestation of Degraded Lands – v1.2

Gold Standard

Afforestation/Reforestation (A/R) GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Methodology

AR-ACM0003 – Afforestation and reforestation of lands except wetlands

VM0047 Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation – v1.0
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 2 (In progress)
Biodigesters (household)
AMS-I.I. – Biogas/biomass thermal applications for households/small users

AMS-I.E. – Switch from non-renewable biomass for thermal applications by the user

GS methodology for animal manure management and biogas use for thermal energy generation
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 5
Brick ManufacturingAMS-III.Z. – Fuel Switch, process improvement and energy efficiency in brick manufactureMulti-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 6
Buffer Practices (Field Borders, Riparian Buffers, Grass Waterways)VM0042 Methodology for Improved Agricultural Land Management v2.0Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 2 (In progress)
China Adipic AcidCAR China Adipic Acid Production Protocol v1Internal AssessmentIn progress
Direct Air CapturePending (no relevant methodologies)Internal AssessmentIn progress
Efficient CookstovesGS methodology for metered and measured energy cooking devices

GS The Gold Standard Simplified Methodology For Clean And Efficient Cookstoves

AMS-II.G. – Energy efficiency measures in thermal applications of non-renewable biomass

VCS Methodology for Improved Thermal Energy Generation Units (will replace VMR0006)

GS TPDDTEC – reduced emissions from cooking and heating – technologies and practices to displace decentralized thermal energy consumption.

VCS Methodology for Improved Thermal Energy Generation Units (will replace VMR0006)​

VMR0006 Energy Efficiency and Fuel Switch Measures in Thermal Applications [v 1.2 only]
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 5
Grid-Connected Renewable EnergyACM0002 – Grid-connected electricity generation from renewable sources – Version 21.0

AMS-I.D. – Grid connected renewable electricity generation – Version 18.0

ACM0006 – Electricity and heat generation from biomass – Version 16.0

ACM0018 – Electricity generation from biomass in power-only plants – Version 6.0

AM0072 – Fossil Fuel Displacement by Geothermal Resources for Space Heating – Version 3.0

AM0036 – Use of biomass in heat generation equipment – Version 7.0

AMS-I.C. – Thermal energy production with or without electricity – Version 22.0

AM0123 – Renewable energy generation for captive use – Version 1.0
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 3 (In progress)
HFC-23 destruction: HFC-23 abatement from HCFC-22 production - Part 1
ACR Certified Reclaimed HFC Refrigerants, Propellants, and Fire Suppressants v 2.0

AM0001 – Decomposition of fluoroform (HFC-23) waste
streams [V 6.0.0 only]
Internal AssessmentIn progress
HFC-23 destruction: HFC-23 abatement from HCFC-22 production  – Part 2AM0001 – Decomposition of fluoroform (HFC-23) waste streams [V 1-5 only]DeprioritisedDeprioritised
Improved Forest ManagementCAR U.S. Forest Protocol

VM0012 Improved Forest Management in Temperate and Boreal Forests (LtPF)

ACR Improved Forest Management (IFM) on Non-Federal U.S. Forestlands

CAR Mexico Forest Protocol

VM0035 Methodology for Improved Forest Management through Reduced Impact Logging

VM0045 Improved Forest Management Methodology Using Dynamic Matched Baselines from National Forest Inventories
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 1 (In progress)
Industrial BiodigestersAMS-III.D. – Methane recovery in animal manure management systems

ACM0010 – GHG emission reductions from manure management systems

CAR U.S. Livestock Protocol

CAR Dominican Republic Livestock
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 6
Industrial Energy Efficiency (supply side)AM0017 – Steam system efficiency improvements by replacing steam traps and returning condensate

AM0018 – Baseline methodology for steam optimization systems

AM0020 – Baseline methodology for water pumping efficiency improvements
DeprioritisedDeprioritised
Landfill Gas Capture and UtilizationACR Landfill Gas Destruction and Beneficial Use Projects

AMS-III.G. – Landfill methane recovery

CAR U.S. Landfill Protocol v6

ACM0001 – Flaring or use of landfill gas
Internal AssessmentIn progress
Leak Detection/Repair in Gas Systems
AM0023 – Leak detection and repair in gas production, processing, transmission, storage and distribution systems and in refinery facilities – Version 4.0.0
Internal AssessmentIn progress
Lighting EfficiencyLow market shareMulti-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 5
Low-Carbon Transport/Electric VehiclesVM0038 Methodology for Electric Vehicle Charging Systems

AMS-III.BM – Lightweight two and three wheeled personal transportation

GS two and three wheeled personal transportation
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 6
Mine Methane Capture and Utilization for EnergyACM0008 – Abatement of methane from coal mines (VMR0001, VMR0002)

ACR Capturing and Destroying Methane from Coal and Trona Mines in North America
Internal AssessmentIn progress
Mini-GridsAMS-I.L. – Electrification of rural communities using renewable energy – Version 4.0

Other methodologies: low market share
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 3 (In progress)
N20 Abatement in Adipic Acid Production – Part 1CAR U.S. Adipic Acid Production ProtocolInternal AssessmentIn progress
N20 Abatement in Adipic Acid Production – Part 2AM0021 – Baseline Methodology for decomposition of N2O from existing adipic acid production plants [v1 only]hDeprioritisedDeprioritised
N20 Abatement in Nitric Acid Production – Part 1AM0034 – Catalytic reduction of N2O inside the ammonia burner of nitric acid plants

AM0028 – N2O destruction in the tail gas of Caprolactam production plants
DeprioritisedDeprioritised
N20 Abatement in Nitric Acid Production – Part 2CAR U.S. Nitric Acid Production ProtocolInternal AssessmentIn progress
New Natural Gas PowerAM0107 – New natural gas based cogeneration plant

ACM0025 – Construction of a new natural gas power plant
DeprioritisedDeprioritised
Nutrient/Nitrogen ManagementLow market share and program exclusionsMulti-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 2 (In progress)
Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)ACR Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) from International Sources

ACR Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and High-Global Warming Potential (GWP) Foam

ACR Transition to Advanced Formulation Blowing Agents in Foam Manufacturing and Use

CAR Ozone Depleting Substances Project Protocol v2.0

CAR Article 5 Ozone Depleting Substances Protocol
Internal AssessmentIn progress
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (Jurisdictional)ART The REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard (TREES)

VCS Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) Framework
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG4 (In progress)
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (Project)ACR Active Conservation and Sustainable Management on U.S. Forestlands v1.0

VM0048 Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG4 (In progress)
Renewable Energy (Offgrid)AMS-I.A. – Electricity generation by the user – Version 19.0Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 3 (In progress)
Rice Cultivation Methane Avoidance
GS methane emission reduction by adjusted water management practice in rice cultivation v1.0
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 2 (In progress)
SF6 AvoidanceAM0065 – Replacement of SF6 with alternate cover gas in the magnesium industryInternal AssessmentIn progress
Sustainable Agriculture (Rotational Crops, Low Till/No Tillage, Structural & Vegetative Practices etc.)GS Soil Organic Carbon Framework Methodology

CAR U.S. Soil Enrichment Protocol v1.1
Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 2 (In progress)
Technology-based Carbon Capture and StoragePending (no relevant methodologies)Multi-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 6
Waste Heat RecoveryACM0012 – Waste energy recovery

AMS-III.Q. – Waste energy recovery

AM0066 – GHG emission reductions through waste heat utilisation for pre-heating of raw materials in sponge iron manufacturing process
DeprioritisedDeprioritised
Water PurificationGS emission reductions from safe drinking water supplyMulti-stakeholder assessmentMSWG 5

Carbon-crediting programs that apply to the ICVCM may choose to exclude from assessment one or more of its own methodologies or versions thereof. These excluded methodologies or versions thereof are listed in the carbon-crediting program application. Carbon crediting programs may also withdraw methodologies or versions thereof during the ICVCM assessment process. These withdrawn methodologies or versions thereof will be listed here, and no Decision will be taken in relation to such methodologies or versions thereof.