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.

No reliance may be placed on these assessment status webpages. The information on these pages is evolving over time and is subject to updating, completion, revision and amendment at any time, and such information may change materially. No representation, warranty or undertaking, express or implied, is or will be made by the Integrity Council, its advisers or any other person as to the truth, accuracy, completeness, correctness or fairness of the information or opinions contained and any reliance you place on them will be at your sole risk. Without prejudice to the foregoing, neither the Integrity Council, nor any of its affiliates, associates, advisers, directors, employees or representatives accept any liability whatsoever for any loss or damage howsoever arising, directly or indirectly, from the use of, or as a result of relying on, these webpages or any other information relating to the Assessment process or otherwise arising in connection therewith.

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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 Crediting ProgramApplication receivedCompleteness checkAssessment in progressPreparing draft assessment report and recommendationScheduled for Governing Board considerationProgram DecisionRationale for Decision

ACR

table-tickView Submissiontable-ticktable-ticktable-tickCCP-EligibleRationale for Decision
Architecture for REDD+ Transaction TREES (ART)table-tickView Submissiontable-ticktable-ticktable-tickCCP-EligibleRationale for Decision
Climate Action Reserve (CAR)table-tickView Submissiontable-ticktable-ticktable-tickCCP-EligibleRationale for Decision
Gold Standardtable-tickView Submissiontable-ticktable-ticktable-tickCCP-EligibleRationale for Decision
Isometrictable-tickView Submissiontable-tick
Puro.earthtable-tickView Submissiontable-tick
Social Carbontable-tickView Submissiontable-tick
Wilder Carbontable-tickView Submissiontable-tick
Verified Carbon Standardtable-tickView Submissiontable-ticktable-ticktable-tickCCP-EligibleRationale for Decision

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 category Scheduled for Governing Board considerationDecisionDecision RationaleInformal Board Observations
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (Including Natural Forest Establishment and Agroforestry)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
ACR Afforestation and Reforestation of Degraded Lands – v1.2
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (Including Natural Forest Establishment and Agroforestry)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
Gold Standard Afforestation/Reforestation (A/R) GHG Emissions Reduction & Sequestration Methodology
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (Including Natural Forest Establishment and Agroforestry)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
AR-ACM0003 – Afforestation and reforestation of lands except wetlands
Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (Including Natural Forest Establishment and Agroforestry)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
VM0047 Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation – v1.0
Biodigesters (household)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
AMS-I.I. – Biogas/biomass thermal applications for households/small users
Biodigesters (household)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
GS methodology for animal manure management and biogas use for thermal energy generation
Biodigesters (household)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
AMS-I.E. – Switch from non-renewable biomass for thermal applications by the user
Brick Manufacturing

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
AMS-III.Z. – Fuel Switch, process improvement and energy efficiency in brick manufacture
Buffer Practices (Field Borders, Riparian Buffers, Grass Waterways)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
VM0042 Methodology for Improved Agricultural Land Management v2.0
China Adipic Acid

Internal Assessment - In progress
CAR China Adipic Acid Production Protocol v1
Direct Air Capture

Internal Assessment - In progress
Pending (no relevant methodologies)
Efficient Cookstoves

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
GS methodology for metered and measured energy cooking devices
Efficient Cookstoves

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
GS The Gold Standard Simplified Methodology For Clean And Efficient Cookstoves
Efficient Cookstoves

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
AMS-II.G. – Energy efficiency measures in thermal applications of non-renewable biomass
Efficient Cookstoves

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
VCS Methodology for Improved Thermal Energy Generation Units (will replace VMR0006)
Efficient Cookstoves

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
GS TPDDTEC – reduced emissions from cooking and heating – technologies and practices to displace decentralized thermal energy consumption
Efficient Cookstoves

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
VCS Methodology for Improved Thermal Energy Generation Units (will replace VMR0006)
Efficient Cookstoves

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
VMR0006 Energy Efficiency and Fuel Switch Measures in Thermal Applications [v 1.2 only]
Grid-Connected Renewable Energy

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
ACM0002 – Grid-connected electricity generation from renewable sources – Version 21.0table-tick
Grid-Connected Renewable Energy

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
AMS-I.D. – Grid connected renewable electricity generation – Version 18.0table-tick
Grid-Connected Renewable Energy

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
ACM0006 – Electricity and heat generation from biomass – Version 16.0table-tick
Grid-Connected Renewable Energy

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
ACM0018 – Electricity generation from biomass in power-only plants – Version 6.0table-tick
Grid-Connected Renewable Energy

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
AM0072 – Fossil Fuel Displacement by Geothermal Resources for Space Heating – Version 3.0table-tick
Grid-Connected Renewable Energy

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
AM0036 – Use of biomass in heat generation equipment – Version 7.0table-tick
Grid-Connected Renewable Energy

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
AMS-I.C. – Thermal energy production with or without electricity – Version 22.0
Grid-Connected Renewable Energy

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
AM0123 – Renewable energy generation for captive use – Version 1.0
HFC-23 destruction: HFC-23 abatement from HCFC-22 production - Part 1

Internal Assessment - In progress
ACR Certified Reclaimed HFC Refrigerants, Propellants, and Fire Suppressants v 2.0
HFC-23 destruction: HFC-23 abatement from HCFC-22 production - Part 1

Internal Assessment - In progress
AM0001 – Decomposition of fluoroform (HFC-23) waste streams [V 6.0.0 only]
HFC-23 destruction: HFC-23 abatement from HCFC-22 production  – Part 2

Deprioritised
AM0001 – Decomposition of fluoroform (HFC-23) waste streams [V 1-5 only]
Improved Forest Management

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 1 (Concluded)
CAR U.S. Forest Protocol
Improved Forest Management

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 1 (Concluded)
VM0012 Improved Forest Management in Temperate and Boreal Forests (LtPF)
Improved Forest Management

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 1 (Concluded)
ACR Improved Forest Management (IFM) on Non-Federal U.S. Forestlands
Improved Forest Management

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 1 (Concluded)
CAR Mexico Forest Protocol
Improved Forest Management

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 1 (Concluded)
VM0035 Methodology for Improved Forest Management through Reduced Impact Logging
Improved Forest Management

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 1 (Concluded)
VM0045 Improved Forest Management Methodology Using Dynamic Matched Baselines from National Forest Inventories
Industrial Biodigesters

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
AMS-III.D. – Methane recovery in animal manure management systems
Industrial Biodigesters

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
ACM0010 – GHG emission reductions from manure management systems
Industrial Biodigesters

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
CAR U.S. Livestock Protocol
Industrial Biodigesters

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
CAR Dominican Republic Livestock
Industrial Energy Efficiency (supply side)

Deprioritised
AM0017 – Steam system efficiency improvements by replacing steam traps and returning condensate
Industrial Energy Efficiency (supply side)

Deprioritised
AM0018 – Baseline methodology for steam optimization systems
Industrial Energy Efficiency (supply side)

Deprioritised
AM0020 – Baseline methodology for water pumping efficiency improvements
Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization

Internal Assessment - In progress
ACM0001 – Flaring or use of landfill gastable-tickVerra – ACM0001 Flaring or use of Landfill Gas -v15-19.

CCP-Approved
Decision ICVCM Board Observations
Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization

Internal Assessment - In progress
ACM0001 – Flaring or use of landfill gastable-tickGold Standard – ACM0001 Flaring or use of Landfill Gas -v15-19.

CCP-Approved
Decision ICVCM Board Observations
Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization

Internal Assessment - In progress
AMS-III.G. – Landfill methane recoverytable-tickVerra – AMS iii G –Landfill Methane Recovery – v10.

CCP-Approved
Decision ICVCM Board Observations
Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization

Internal Assessment - In progress
AMS-III.G. – Landfill methane recoverytable-tickGold Standard – AMS iii G –Landfill Methane Recovery – v10.

CCP-Approved
Decision ICVCM Board Observations
Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization

Internal Assessment - In progress
ACR Landfill Gas Destruction and Beneficial Use Projectstable-tickACR – Landfill Gas Destruction and Beneficial Use Projects – v1-2.

CCP-Approved
Decision ICVCM Board Observations
Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization

Internal Assessment - In progress
CAR U.S. Landfill Protocol v6table-tickCAR – US Landfill Protocol – v6.

CCP-Approved
Decision ICVCM Board Observations
Leak Detection/Repair in Gas Systems

Internal Assessment - In progress
AM0023 – Leak detection and repair in gas production, processing, transmission, storage and distribution systems and in refinery facilities – Version 4.0.0
Lighting Efficiency

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
Low market share
Low-Carbon Transport/Electric Vehicles

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
VM0038 Methodology for Electric Vehicle Charging Systems
Low-Carbon Transport/Electric Vehicles

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
AMS-III.BM – Lightweight two and three wheeled personal transportation
Low-Carbon Transport/Electric Vehicles

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
GS two and three wheeled personal transportation
Mine Methane Capture and Utilization for Energy

Internal Assessment - In progress
ACM0008 – Abatement of methane from coal mines (VMR0001, VMR0002)
Mine Methane Capture and Utilization for Energy

Internal Assessment - In progress
ACR Capturing and Destroying Methane from Coal and Trona Mines in North America
Mini-Grids

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
AMS-I.L. – Electrification of rural communities using renewable energy – Version 4.0table-tick
Mini-Grids

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
Other methodologies: low market share
N20 Abatement in Adipic Acid Production – Part 1

Internal Assessment - In progress
CAR U.S. Adipic Acid Production Protocol
N20 Abatement in Adipic Acid Production – Part 2

Deprioritised
AM0021 – Baseline Methodology for decomposition of N2O from existing adipic acid production plants [v1 only]
N20 Abatement in Nitric Acid Production – Part 1

Deprioritised
AM0034 – Catalytic reduction of N2O inside the ammonia burner of nitric acid plants
N20 Abatement in Nitric Acid Production – Part 1

Deprioritised
AM0028 – N2O destruction in the tail gas of Caprolactam production plants
N20 Abatement in Nitric Acid Production – Part 2

Internal Assessment - In progress
CAR U.S. Nitric Acid Production Protocol
New Natural Gas Power

Deprioritised
AM0107 – New natural gas based cogeneration plant
New Natural Gas Power

Deprioritised
ACM0025 – Construction of a new natural gas power plant
Nutrient/Nitrogen Management

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
Low market share and program exclusions
Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

Internal Assessment - In progress
ACR Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) from International Sourcestable-tickACR – Destruction of ODS from International Sources – v1.0

CCP-Approved
Decision
Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

Internal Assessment - In progress
CAR Article 5 Ozone Depleting Substances Protocoltable-tickCAR – Article 5 Ozone Depleting Substances Project Protocol v1-2

CCP-Approved
Decision
Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

Internal Assessment - In progress
CAR Ozone Depleting Substances Project Protocol v2.0table-tickCAR – U.S. Ozone Depleting Substances Project Protocol v1-2

CCP-Approved
Decision
Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)

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

Internal Assessment - In progress
ACR Transition to Advanced Formulation Blowing Agents in Foam Manufacturing and Use
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (Jurisdictional)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG4 (In Progress)
ART The REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard (TREES)
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (Jurisdictional)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG4 (In Progress)
VCS Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) Framework
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (Project) 

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG4 (In Progress)
ACR Active Conservation and Sustainable Management on U.S. Forestlands v1.0
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (Project) 

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG4 (In Progress)
VM0048 Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation
Renewable Energy (Offgrid) 

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 3 (Concluded)
AMS-I.A. – Electricity generation by the user – Version 19.0table-tick
Rice Cultivation Methane Avoidance 

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
GS methane emission reduction by adjusted water management practice in rice cultivation v1.0
SF6 Avoidance 

Internal Assessment - In progress
AM0065 – Replacement of SF6 with alternate cover gas in the magnesium industrytable-tick
Sustainable Agriculture (Rotational Crops, Low Till/No Tillage, Structural & Vegetative Practices etc.)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
GS Soil Organic Carbon Framework Methodology
Sustainable Agriculture (Rotational Crops, Low Till/No Tillage, Structural & Vegetative Practices etc.)

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 2 (Concluded)
CAR U.S. Soil Enrichment Protocol v1.1
Technology-based Carbon Capture and Storage

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 6
Pending (no relevant methodologies)
Waste Heat Recovery

Deprioritised
ACM0012 – Waste energy recovery
Waste Heat Recovery

Deprioritised
AMS-III.Q. – Waste energy recovery
Waste Heat Recovery

Deprioritised
AM0066 – GHG emission reductions through waste heat utilisation for pre-heating of raw materials in sponge iron manufacturing process
Water Purification

Multi-stakeholder assessment - MSWG 5 (In Progress)
GS emission reductions from safe drinking water supply

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.

Methodologies withdrawn during the Assessment Process Note: methodologies may be withdrawn by programs during the process so this may be updated in due course.

Some methodologies are not represented in the above allocations because:

  • They have a very small market share and are still pending categorization by ICVCM.
  • They are older methodologies and represent a small number of carbon credits in the
    market.
  • They represent carbon credits issued by projects using more than one methodology.
  • They are inactive.

General note: Newer methodologies under which issuance of carbon credits has not yet occurred, or the volume of issued carbon credits is still very small, on a market share basis, will be assessed, subject to the relevant carbon crediting program having applied to the ICVCM.