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CDM Validation, Verification and Certification for Climate Change Projects

Contribute to a climate of belief

Credibility is a key component of climate change projects. It increases investor’s and regulator’s confidence, as well as public support. The expert scrutiny of third-party assessment is what gives overall assurance to climate change policy.

Partnering with TÜV SÜD gives you and your stakeholders this assurance. We have been assessing climate change and carbon offset projects since 2000. Our experts provide validation, verification and certification of your projects in line with leading climate change regimes.

Validation of projects as a key step in the project cycle

Before initiating a climate change project, we examine a host of issues including project design, reference scenario, additionality, monitoring plan and environmental compatibility. For projects carried out in developing countries (Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects under the Kyoto Protocol), registration by the UNFCCC is the declared target as it creates the eligibility criteria for participation in emissions trading. The validation of projects in industrialised countries (Joint Implementation (JI) projects under the Kyoto Protocol) is also referred to as determination.

Verification to ensure effectiveness of your project

Once a project has been registered, TÜV SÜD performs verification. In the verification process, we assess monitoring, measuring methods, data retention and the calculation of emission reductions. By carrying out assessments at regular intervals and taking the appropriate corrective actions where necessary, we ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of your projects. The results are documented in reports.

A positive “Verification Statement“ is the prerequisite for the issuance of certified emission reductions by the UNFCCC. For VER (Verified Emission Reductions) projects that are not governed by the Kyoto Protocol or another public scheme, the certificates will be registered in TÜV SÜD’s "BlueRegistry" database.

Our experts are among the market leaders in third-party verification of climate change measures the world over. We are one of the few organisations accredited by the UNFCCC for CDM and JI project validation and verification in all fields of technology.

TÜV SÜD's CMS experts provide validation and verification of your projects in line with leading climate-change regimes

Projects and programmes of activities (PoAs) under the Kyoto Protocol-

  •  Joint Implementation (JI) – projects carried out in industrialised countries
  • Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) – projects carried out in developing and emerging countries 

Projects governed by other trading schemes-

Projects in developing and developed countries as part of non-Kyoto trading scheme. This includes trading schemes in the USA such as the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Projects implemented independently of specific trading schemes-

Verified Emission Reduction (VER) projects in developed and developing countries. These are realised on a voluntary basis and used, for example, to offset emissions from defined products and services. For example, the Gold Standard-VER, VER+ or VCS. 

Your benefits at a glance

  • Create transparency and environmental integrity
  • Save money with sound planning and secure investments
  • Save time as our experts keep ahead of regulatory developments
  • Secure impartiality with validation and verification from a strong brand

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