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Report of the 54th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board Released

28 May 2010: The Report of the 54th Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which took place from 24-28 May 2010, in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website.

At the Meeting, the Board considered matters concerning the operation of the CDM, including issues relating to: small-scale CDM project activities; the CDM management plan and resources for the work on the CDM; methodologies for baselines and monitoring plans; and relations with Designated National Authorities (DNAs), Designated Operational and Applicant Entities, stakeholders, as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

On the accreditation of operational entities, the Board considered the report of, and recommendations made by, the CDM Accreditation Panel, and agreed to accredit and provisionally designate the entities “KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co. Ltd,” “Conestoga Rovers & Associates Limited,” “Ernst & Young ShinNihon Sustainability Institute Co., Ltd,” “Nippon Kaiji Kentei Quality Assurance Ltd,” and “Perry Johnson Registrars Clean Development Mechanism, Inc” for the validation and verification/certification functions in specific sectoral scopes. It also decided to confirm the accreditation status of “SGS United Kingdom Limited” and to close the spot-check follow-up assessment.

On matters relating to the CDM programme of activities, the Board took note of the draft guidelines for determining the eligibility criteria related to the demonstration of additionality for inclusion of CDM Programme Activities (CPAs) in registered programmes of activities (PoAs). It confirmed the proposed approach of demonstrating additionality in PoAs only at the PoA level and using the criteria for including the CPA in the PoA to establish additionality at the CPA level. The Board requested the Secretariat to prepare draft guidance for consideration by the Board at its 56th meeting.

Regarding the registration of CDM project activities, the Board considered the draft “Guidelines on the treatment of national and sectoral policies in the demonstration and assessment of additionality” and requested the Secretariat to revise this draft, in particular by more clearly defining how: designated operational entities (DOEs) should identify and treat changes in national and sectoral policies; market prices can be determined; and the comparative basis of the analysis can be ensured. The Board also agreed to the “Procedures for withdrawal of a request for registration” and the “Procedures for requests for registration of proposed CDM project activities,” and agreed to revise the “Guidelines on the registration fee schedule for proposed project activities under the CDM (version 02).” The Board further requested the Secretariat to develop draft procedures for assessment of requests for registration, which may include provisions for external assessment or appraisal of the request for registration.

The Board also considered matters relating to the issuance of certified emission reductions (CERs) and the CDM registry, and agreed to the “Procedures for withdrawal of a request for issuance of CERs” and the “Procedures for requests for issuance of CERs (version 01).” The Board further agreed to the standardized format for monitoring reports, aimed at improving consistency in reporting of the implementation and monitoring of project activities by project participants, and agreed that DOEs should ensure that the format is used by project participants in monitoring reports submitted to the Secretariat for publication as of 28 September 2010. It also requested the Secretariat to develop a version of the standardized format for monitoring reports applicable to PoAs for consideration at a future meeting.

Regarding the procedures for appeals against its decisions, the Board considered the inputs received in response to the call for inputs from stakeholders on the issue, and requested the Secretariat to prepare draft procedures for consideration by the Board at a future meeting. Regarding establishment of a loan scheme to cover the cost of CDM project development for projects in countries with fewer than ten projects, the Board considered possible options for such a loan scheme and requested the Secretariat to work further on developing modalities and procedures for the operationalization of such a scheme, based on a management model with more outsourced functions and minimum involvement of the Secretariat, for consideration by the Board at its next meeting. [EB 54 Report]