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Last updated: 8th February 2024 

This page will provide updates on the Integrity Council’s assessment of Categories of carbon credits.

The Integrity Council is currently assessing:

  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, and the Governing Board has made its formal decisions, Programs deemed to be CCP-Eligible will be able to issue CCP-Approved carbon credits from CCP-Approved Categories of carbon credits

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 Standards 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. 

This page will provide updates on the Integrity Council’s assessments of Categories of carbon credits.

The Integrity Council is currently assessing against 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.
      • For each Category, this is implemented through one of two approaches:
        • Through an internal assessment by the Integrity Council’s executive secretariat (“fast track”).
        • Through a multi-stakeholder working group assessment by multistakeholder working groups (“deeper assessment”).

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

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 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 Standards 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.
          Category
          Assessment Track
          Status
          Complete
          Preparing Draft Evaluation Report and Recommendation
          Scheduled For Governing Board Consideration
          Decision
          Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (Including Natural Forest Establishment and Agroforestry)
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 2 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Biodigesters (household)
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 5
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Brick Manufacturing
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 6
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Buffer Practices (Field Borders, Riparian Buffers, Grass Waterways)
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 2 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          China Adipic Acid
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Direct Air Capture
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Efficient Cookstoves
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 5
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Grid-Connected Renewable Energy
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          HFC-23 destruction: HFC-23 abatement from HCFC-22 production - Part 1
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          HFC-23 destruction: HFC-23 abatement from HCFC-22 production  - Part 2
          Very unlikely
          Deprioritised
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Improved Forestry Management
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 1 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Industrial Biodigesters
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 6
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Industrial Energy Efficiency (supply side)
          Very unlikely
          Deprioritised
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Landfill Gas Capture and Utilization
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Leak Detection/Repair in Gas Systems
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Lighting Efficiency
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 5
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Low-Carbon Transport/Electric Vehicles
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 6
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Mine Methane Capture and Utilization for Energy
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Mini-Grids
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 3 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          N20 Abatement in Adipic Acid Production - Part 1
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          N20 Abatement in Adipic Acid Production - Part 2
          Very unlikely
          Deprioritised
          -
          -
          -
          -
          N20 Abatement in Nitric Acid Production - Part 1
          Very unlikely
          Deprioritised
          -
          -
          -
          -
          N20 Abatement in Nitric Acid Production - Part 2
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          New Natural Gas Power
          Very unlikely
          Deprioritised
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Nutrient/Nitrogen Management
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 2 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (Jurisdictional)
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG4
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (Project)
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 1 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Renewable Energy (Offgrid)
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 3 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Rice Cultivation Methane Avoidance
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 2 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          SF6 Avoidance
          Internal
          In progress
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Sustainable Agriculture (Rotational Crops, Low Till/No Tillage, Structural & Vegetative Practices etc.)
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 2 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Technology-based Carbon Capture and Storage
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 6 (In progress)
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Waste Heat Recovery
          Very unlikely
          Deprioritised
          -
          -
          -
          -
          Water Purification
          Multistakeholder
          MSWG 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.

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