Report and highlights of the CDM EB 46 meeting

Report and highlights of the CDM EB 46 meeting

Please be informed that the report of the forty-sixth meeting of the CDM Executive Board (23 - 25 March 2009), including its annexes, is now available on the UNFCCC CDM website <>.

Work was launched and important steps taken this week to enhance the efficiency and expand the reach of the Clean Development Mechanism as called for by the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Poznan, Poland, in December.

The CDM Executive Board has agreed on strengthened standards and streamlined procedures for accreditation of the third-party certifiers that vet CDM project activities. These “designated operational entities” (DOEs) are the extended arm of the CDM Executive Board.

The enhanced standard should add clarity to what is required of certifiers and lead to improved performance. The adoption of random testing in the procedure, replacing scheduled witnessing, will simplify and speed up accreditation of certifiers. The new standard and procedure have enabled the Board to almost double the availability of certification services for the 15 broad project types covered under the CDM. Lack of certification service has been noted as a constraint to the growth of the CDM.

Also at its 46th meeting, the Board agreed on an approach and timetable to address improvements requested by Parties at the 4th Conference of the Parties serving at the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. This is a broad scope of work and has a number of aspects, including:
· Ensuring that guidance provided by the Board is comprehensive and provides adequate clarity to those, within the support structure, DOEs and project participants, in implementing it;
· Ensuring that decision-making is carried out in an efficient, transparent, consistent and, where possible, accelerated manner;
· Ensuring that all aspects of the Board’s proceedings and decisions are fully documented in a manner that ensures they are accessible, transparent and up-to-date for the appropriate users;
· Ensuring that support provided to the Board enables the Board to conduct its work in a timely, efficient, transparent and consistent manner.

Other work of note included the adoption of guidance on what requirements must be met before new industrial gases facilities can qualify for registration under the CDM; a new baseline and monitoring methodology was approved for project activities that recover SF6 from testing facilities; and a tool was approved to assist project participants in requesting renewal of a crediting period.

The Board further discussed the “Procedures for registration of a Programme of Activities as a single CDM project activity”, and agreed to revise the procedures at its next meeting, with the intention of providing greater clarity to project participants and to address some constraints identified in the development of POAs under the current procedures.

The Board also discussed the need to develop procedures and guidance to address situations in which implemented CDM projects differ from the description contained in the registered project design document. The Board agreed to consider such procedures and guidance to address this issue at its next meeting in order to facilitate the practical implementation of CDM projects.

Annexes to the report:

Membership issues

Annex 1 - Documents related to conflict of interest


Annex 2 - CDM Accreditation Standard for Operational Entities.
Annex 3 - Procedure for Accrediting Operational Entities by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). 


Annex 4 - Recovery of SF6 from Gas insulated electrical equipment in testing facilities
Annex 5 - Revision to AM0009 “Recovery and utilization of gas from oil wells that would otherwise be flared or vented” (version 04)
Annex 6 - Revision to ACM0006 “Consolidated methodology for electricity generation from biomass residues” (version 08)
Annex 7 - Revision to ACM0008 “Consolidated methodology for coal bed methane, coal mine methane and ventilation air methane capture and use for power (electrical or motive) and heat and/or destruction through flaring or flameless oxidation” (version 06)
Annex 8 - Revision to ACM0013 “Consolidated baseline and monitoring methodology for new grid connected fossil fuel fired power plants using a less GHG intensive technology” (version 02.1)
Annex 9 - Revision to ACM0015 “Consolidated baseline and monitoring methodology for project activities using alternative raw materials that do not contain carbonates for clinker production in cement kilns” (version 02)
Annex 10 - Guidance on expansion of industrial gas recovery methodologies to new facilities (version 01)
Annex 11 - Revision to the "Procedures for renewal of  the crediting period of a registered CDM project activity"(version 05)
Annex 12 - Terms of Reference of the Methodologies Panel (version 06)

Afforestation and reforestation

Annex 13 - AR-ACM0002 “Afforestation or reforestation of degraded land without displacement of pre-project activities" (version 01)
Annex 14 - Revision to AR-ACM0001 “Afforestation and reforestation of degraded land” (version 03)
Annex 15 -  Revision to AR-AMS0005 “Simplified baseline and monitoring methodology for small-scale afforestation and reforestation project activities under the clean development mechanism implemented on lands having low inherent potential to support living biomass” (version 02)
Annex 16 - “Guidance on conditions under which the change in carbon stocks in existing live woody vegetation are insignificant” (version 01)
Annex 17 - “Guidelines on conservative choice of default data for estimation of biomass stocks and change in woody vegetation” (version 01)
Annex 18 - A/R methodological tool: “Estimation of changes in the carbon stocks of existing trees and shrubs within the boundary of an A/R CDM project activity” (version 01)
Annex 19 - Revision to the A/R methodological tool: “Calculation of the number of sample plots for measurements within A/R CDM project activities” (version 02)

Small scale

Annex 20 - AMS-III.Z "Fuel switch, process improvement and energy efficiency in brick manufacture" (version 01)
Annex 21 - Revision to AMS I.C "Thermal energy production with or without electricity" (version 14)
Annex 22 - Revision to AMS-III.H "Methane Recovery in Wastewater Treatment" (version 11)
Annex 23 - Revision to AMS III.N "Avoidance of HFC emissions in Poly Urethane Foam (PUF) manufacturing"(version 03)

Matters relating to the registration of CDM project activities

Annex 24 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 1752
Annex 25 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 1866
Annex 26 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2002
Annex 27 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2004
Annex 28 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2053
Annex 29 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2061
Annex 30 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2062
Annex 31 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2064
Annex 32 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2073
Annex 33 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2099
Annex 34 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2106
Annex 35 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2114
Annex 36 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2143
Annex 37 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2155
Annex 38 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2156
Annex 39 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2164
Annex 40 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2165
Annex 41 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2171
Annex 42 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2190
Annex 43 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2205
Annex 44 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2209
Annex 45 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2211
Annex 46 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2216
Annex 47 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2219
Annex 48 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2231
Annex 49 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2232
Annex 50 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2233
Annex 51 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2237
Annex 52 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2248
Annex 53 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2251
Annex 54 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2253
Annex 55 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2263
Annex 56 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2319
Annex 57 - Scope of review (registration) - Project 2334
Annex 58 - Revised terms of reference and procedures for the Registration and Issuance Team (RIT)

Matters relating to the issuance of CERs and the CDM registry

Annex 59 - Scope of review (issuance) - Project 0116
Annex 60 - Scope of review (issuance) - Project 0181
Annex 61 - Scope of review (issuance) - Project 0677
Annex 62 - Scope of review (issuance) - Project 1177


Annex 63 - Status of resources and pledges to support 2009 CDM activities

Other matters

Annex 64 - Terms of Reference Strategic CDM improvements referred to in Decision 2/CMP.4
Annex 65 - Information Note: 2009 Workplan for improving transparency and access to decisions of the Board
Annex 66 - Revised calender of meetings for 2009 (version 03)
Annex 67 - Provisional agenda for EB47