Public Consultation

Have your say at the public consultation

The Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market has launched a 60-day full, open public consultation on the draft Core Carbon Principles (CCPs), Assessment Framework and Assessment Procedure.

The purpose of the CCPs and Assessment Framework is ultimately to provide a credible, rigorous, and readily accessible means of identifying high-quality carbon credits that create real, additional and verifiable climate impact with high environmental and social integrity.

We will do this by establishing a definitive and consistent benchmark for high-integrity carbon credits, based on solid science and best practice; assessing crediting programs and credit types against that benchmark; and clearly identifying those that meet it.

The draft CCPs and accompanying draft Assessment Framework will also establish a clear pathway for continual improvement.

The draft Assessment Procedure sets out a proposed process for assessing CCP-eligibility, how eligible carbon credits will be tagged; how the Integrity Council will continue to oversee and enforce the CCPs; and facilitate the continual development of the voluntary carbon market.

*Thank you for all of the comments we’ve had so far via the BSI Portal. Please note, some visitors are having issues when trying to submit comments, particularly when submitting anonymously. BSI are working to resolve this.

The consultation process

  • The draft CCPs, Assessment Framework and Assessment Procedure published for consultation are intended to serve as a robust, independent starting point that will be further informed by the insights and dialogue gathered during the public consultation
  • The consultation will run for 60 days in line with international best practice and will include a series of virtual briefings and thematic deep dives, with the opportunity for follow ups.
  • The public consultation will be overseen by the British Standards Institute (BSI), which has over one hundred years of experience in standard setting. All comments and submissions must be made in writing through the BSI website.
  • The deadline for submitting comments is 23:59 BST on 27 September 2022.
  • The proposals in the consultation documents will be updated/revised in response to feedback from the public consultation. Respondents are asked to provide both generic and detailed comments and suggestions for improvements to these proposals.

Key resources

Part 1

Part 1

Part 2

Part 2

Part 3

Part 3

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Core Carbon Principles
Part 3: Summary for Decision Makers
Part 4

Part 4

Part 5

Part 5

Part 6

Part 6

Compendium

ALL

Part 4: Draft for public consultation
Part 5: Terms & Definitions
Part 6: Assessment Procedure
Compendium: Draft for public consultation

Why the Core Carbon Principles? 

    The Integrity Council’s role is to set and enforce a definitive global threshold standard for high-quality carbon credits.

    The purpose of the draft Core Carbon Principles (CCPs) and Assessment Framework is to provide a credible, rigorous, and readily accessible means of identifying high-quality carbon credits that create real, additional and verifiable climate impact with high environmental and social integrity.

    We will do this by establishing a definitive and consistent benchmark for high-integrity carbon credits, based on solid science and best practice; assessing crediting programs and credit types against that benchmark; and clearly identifying those that meet it.

    By establishing a globally-recognised benchmark for high-integrity credits, the CCPs will build trust, unlock additional investment and help deliver real climate impact at the speed and scale needed to keep 1.5°C alive.  

    Public briefing sessions

    At the public briefing sessions we shared more details on the consultation period, CCPS, and Assessment Framework.

    Listen to the webinar  to hear from Annette Nazareth, former SEC Commissioner and Chair of the ICVCM Governing Board, as well as a selection of other fantastic speakers.

    FAQs

    – What is the ICVCM? The Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (Integrity Council) is an independent governance body for the voluntary carbon market. Our purpose is to ensure the voluntary carbon market accelerates a just transition to 1.5C.

    – What’s the purpose of the public consultation? Co-creation is the cornerstone of success. We need everyone the VCM affects to come to the table, share knowledge and expertise, and collaborate to co-create the CCPs and Assessment Framework.

    – What’s the timeline? The consultation will run for 60 days in line with international best practice and include a series of virtual briefings and thematic deep dives, with the opportunity for follow ups. The consultation is open until 23:59pm BST on 27th September 2022.

    – Who should take part? Everyone. We welcome and embrace diverse points of view from all corners of the market; from project developers and carbon-crediting programs, to eNGOs, policy makers, buyers and investors, to the indigenous peoples and local communities who are critical to unlock and accelerate climate action.

    – How can I have my say? All comments and submissions must be made in writing through the BSI website. All comments will be logged and fully considered by the Integrity Council. Our decision-making process will be transparent and robust (though respondents will have the option for comments to be published anonymously).

    – How can I promote the consultation to my network? We have developed a free toolkit here.

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