Methodologies for quantifying project benefits are a key component of all Verra standard programs. All methodologies undergo a rigorous review and transparent stakeholder consultation process to ensure they meet the rules and requirements of each program.

VCS Program Methodologies

VCS Program – Eligible Methodologies

Methodologies are essential to quantifying real and accurate greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits of a project and to generate Verified Carbon Units (VCUs). Methodologies provide requirements and procedures to determine project boundaries, identify the baseline, assess additionality, monitor the relevant parameters, and ultimately quantify the GHG emission reductions or removals.

Methodologies often refer to modules or tools, which include specific methodological tasks and analyses (e.g., additionality) that are used in conjunction with the methodology.

The VCS Program has its own methodologies that have been approved for use.

VM0001 Infrared Automatic Refrigerant Leak Detection Efficiency Project Methodology, v1.1

VM0003 Methodology for Improved Forest Management through Extension of Rotation Age, v1.3

VM0004 Methodology for Conservation Projects that Avoid Planned Land-use Conversion in Peat Swamp Forests, v2.0

VM0005 Methodology for Conversion of Low-Productive Forest to High-Productive Forest, v1.2

VM0006 Methodology for Carbon Accounting for Mosaic and Landscape-scale REDD Projects, v2.2

VM0007 REDD+ Methodology Framework (REDD-MF), v1.6

VM0008 Weatherization of Single-Family and Multi-Family Buildings, v1.1

VM0010 Methodology for Improved Forest Management: Conversion from Logged to Protected Forest, v1.3

VM0011 Methodology for Calculating GHG Benefits from Preventing Planned Degradation, v1.0

VM0012 Improved Forest Management in Temperate and Boreal Forests (LtPF), v1.2

VM0014 Interception and Destruction of Fugitive Methane from Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Seeps, v1.0

VM0015 Methodology for Avoided Unplanned Deforestation, v1.1

VM0016 Recovery and Destruction of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) from Products, v1.1

VM0018 Energy Efficiency and Solid Waste Diversion Activities within a Sustainable Community, v1.0

VM0019 Fuel Switch from Gasoline to Ethanol in Flex-Fuel Vehicle Fleets, v1.0

VM0022 Quantifying N2O Emissions Reductions in Agricultural Crops through Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate Reduction, v1.1

VM0025 Campus Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency, v1.0

VM0026 Methodology for Sustainable Grassland Management (SGM), v1.1

VM0032 Methodology for the Adoption of Sustainable Grasslands through Adjustment of Fire and Grazing, v1.0

VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration, v2.1

VM0034 Canadian Forest Carbon Offset Methodology, v2.0

VM0035 Methodology for Improved Forest Management through Reduced Impact Logging v1.0

VM0036 Methodology for Rewetting Drained Temperate Peatlands, v1.0

VM0038 Methodology for Electric Vehicle Charging Systems, v1.0

VM0039 Methodology for Use of Foam Stabilized Base and Emulsion Asphalt Mixtures in Pavement Application, v1.0

VM0041 Methodology for the Reduction of Enteric Methane Emissions from Ruminants through the Use of Feed Ingredients, v2.0

VM0042 Methodology for Improved Agricultural Land Management, v2.0

VM0043 Methodology for CO2 Utilization in Concrete Production, v1.0

VM0044 Methodology for Biochar Utilization in Soil and Non-Soil Applications, v1.1

VM0045 Improved Forest Management Methodology Using Dynamic Matched Baselines from National Forest Inventories, v1.0

VM0046 Methodology for Reducing Food Loss and Waste, v1.0

VM0047 Afforestation, Reforestation, and Revegetation, v1.0

VM0048 Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, v1.0

VMR0001 Revisions to ACM0008 to Include Pre-drainage of Methane from an Active Open Cast Mine as a Methane Emission Reduction Activity, v1.0

VMR0002 Revisions to ACM0008 to Include Methane Capture and Destruction from Abandoned Coal Mines, v1.0

VMR0003 Revisions to AMS-III.Y to Include Use of Organic Bedding Material, v1.0

VMR0004 Revisions to AMS-III.BC to Include Mobile Machinery, v1.0

VMR0006 Energy Efficiency and Fuel Switch Measures in Thermal Applications, v1.2

VMR0007 Revision to AMS-III.AJ.: Recovery and Recycling of Materials from Solid Wastes

VMR0008 Revision to AMS-III.BA.: Recovery and Recycling of Materials from E-waste

VMD0001 Estimation of carbon stocks in the above- and belowground biomass in live tree and non-tree pools (CP-AB), v1.1

VMD0002 Estimation of carbon stocks in the dead-wood pool (CP-D), v1.1

VMD0003 Estimation of carbon stocks in the litter pool (CP-L), v1.0

VMD0004 Estimation of stocks in the soil organic carbon pool (CP-S), v1.0

VMD0005 Estimation of carbon stocks in the long-term wood products pool (CP-W), v1.1

VMD0006 Estimation of baseline carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions from planned deforestation and planned degradation (BL-PL), v1.3

VMD0007 Estimation of baseline carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions from unplanned deforestation (BL-UP), v3.3

VMD0009 Estimation of emissions from activity shifting for avoided planned deforestation (LK-ASP), v1.3

VMD0010 Estimation of emissions from activity shifting for avoided unplanned deforestation (LK-ASU), v1.2

VMD0011 Estimation of emissions from market-effects (LK-ME), v1.1

VMD0012 Estimation of emissions from displacement of fuelwood extraction (LK-DFW), v1.0

VMD0013 Estimation of greenhouse gas emissions from biomass burning (E-BPB), v1.2

VMD0014 Estimation of emissions from fossil fuel combustion (E-FFC), v1.0

VMD0015 Methods for monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and removals (M-REDD), v2.2

VMD0016 Methods for stratification of the project area (X-STR), v1.2

VMD0017 Estimation of uncertainty for REDD project activities (X-UNC), v2.2

VMD0018 Methods to Determine Stratification, v1.0

VMD0019 Methods to Project Future Conditions, v1.0

VMD0020 Methods to Determine Project Boundaries, v1.0

VMD0021 Estimation of Stocks in the Soil Carbon Pool, v1.0

VMD0022 Estimation of Carbon Stocks in Living Plant Biomass, v1.0

VMD0023 Estimation of Carbon Stocks in the Litter Pool, v1.0

VMD0024 Estimation of Carbon Stocks in the Dead Wood Pool, v1.0

VMD0025 Estimation of Woody Biomass Harvesting and Utilization, v1.0

VMD0026 Estimation of Carbon Stocks in the Long-Lived Wood Products Pool, v1.0

VMD0027 Estimation of Domesticated Animal Populations, v1.0

VMD0028 Estimation of Emissions from Domesticated Animals, v1.0

VMD0029 Estimation of Emissions from Non-CO2 GHGs from Soils, v1.1

VMD0030 Estimation of Emissions from Power Equipment, v1.0

VMD0031 Estimation of Emissions from Burning, v1.0

VMD0032 Estimation of Emissions from Activity-Shifting Leakage, v1.0

VMD0033 Estimation of Emissions from Market Leakage, v1.0

VMD0034 Methods for Developing a Monitoring Plan, v1.0

VMD0035 Methods to Determine the Net Change in Atmospheric GHG Resulting from Project Activities, v1.0

VMD0036 Global Commodity Leakage Module: Effective Area Approach, v1.0

VMD0037 Global Commodity Leakage Module: Production Approach, v1.0

VMD0038 Campus Clean Energy Efficiency Campus-Wide Module, v1.0

VMD0039 Campus Clean Energy Efficiency LEED-Certified Buildings Module, v1.0

VMD0040 Leakage from Displacement of Grazing Activities, v1.0

VMD0041 Estimation of baseline carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions in ARR project activities (BL-ARR), v1.1

VMD0042 Estimation of baseline soil carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions in peatland rewetting and conservation project activities (BL-PEAT), v1.1

VMD0043 Estimation of emissions from displacement of pre-project agricultural activities (LK-ARR), v1.0

VMD0044 Estimation of emissions from ecological leakage (LK-ECO), v1.1

VMD0045 Methods for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and removals in ARR project activities (M-ARR), v1.1

VMD0046 Methods for monitoring of soil carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions and removals in peatland rewetting and conservation project activities (M-PEAT), v1.1

VMD0047 Performance Method for Reduced Impact Logging in East and North Kalimantan v1.0

VMD0048 Activity Method for the Determination of Additionality for Recovered and Stockpiled ODS Refrigerant Projects, v1.0

VMD0049 Activity Method for Determining Additionality of Electric Vehicle Charging Systems, v1.0

VMD0050 Estimation of Baseline Carbon Stock Changes and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Tidal Wetland Restoration and Conservation Project Activities (BL-TW), v1.0

VMD0051 Methods for Monitoring of Carbon Stock Changes and Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals in Tidal Wetland Restoration and Conservation Project Activities (M-TW), v1.0

VMD0052 Demonstration of Additionality of Tidal Wetland Restoration and Conservation Project Activities (ADD-AM), v1.0

VMD0053 Model Calibration, Validation, and Uncertainty Guidance for the Methodology for Improved Agricultural Land Management, v2.0

VMD0054 Module for Estimating Leakage from ARR Activities, v1.0

VMD0055 Estimation of Emission Reductions from Avoiding Unplanned Deforestation, v1.0

A number of VCS methodologies are currently under development.

Please note: All methodology idea notes follow the VCS Methodology Development and Review Process, v4.3 (PDF). Verra does not guarantee they proceed to the next stage, their full development, or final approval.

 

Methodology for Carpooling

Methodology for Determining GHG Emission Reductions Due to Pumped Hydro Storage Projects Connected to the Grid

Methodology for Emission Reduction from Production of Low Carbon Content Fossil Fuels

Methodology for Energy Efficiency Retrofits and Measures in Shipping

Methodology for Improving Fisheries Management to Increase Organic Carbon Storage in Deep-aquatic Systems

Methodology for Less Carbon Raw Material Conversion in Concrete Production

Methodology for On- and Off-Road Mobile Electric Vehicle and Equipment Charging

Methodology for the Reduction of GHG Emissions in Building Material Production through the Use of Carbon-Negative Hempcrete as a Replacement for Carbon-Positive Building Materials

Methodology for Using Photocatalysts to Remove Atmospheric Nitrous Oxide

Methodology for Utilization of CO2 from Industrial Facilities by Photoautotrophic Microbes for Fertilizer and Aquaculture Feed Production

Methodology for Zero GHG Emissions for Maritime Offshore Operational Solutions

Revision to VM0039: Methodology for Use of Foam Stabilized Base and Emulsion Asphalt Mixtures in Pavement Application, v1.0

Revision to VM0045: Methodology for Improved Forest Management Using Dynamic Matched Baselines from National Forest Inventories, v1.0

Revision to VM0047: Methodology for Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation Projects, v0.1

Standard Operating Procedures/Protocols for Point Sampling for Measuring Live Tree and Snag Pools and Line Intersect Sampling for Measuring Downed Deadwood Pools

Tool for Assessing CO2 Emissions and Removals from Natural Carbon Pools with the Use of Satellite-based Estimations of Net Ecosystem Exchange

Tool for Measuring Height of Biomass Using Remote Sensing and Artificial Intelligence

Methodology for Accelerated Coal Fired Power Plant Retirement using a Just Transition

Methodology for Alternative Low Carbon Fuels in Shipping

Methodology for Avoided Forest Conversion from Decreased Wildfire

Consolidated Methodology for Improved Thermal Energy Generation Units

Methodology for Emission Reduction by Shore-Side Electricity Supply System

Methodology for Engineered Carbonation of Mineral Waste

Methodology for the Displacement of Virgin Petroleum-Based Plastic Production

Methodology for Grid-Connected Energy Storage Systems

Methodology for Plugging Oil and Natural Gas Wells to Reduce GHG Emissions

Methodology for Pneumatic Pump Electrification

Methodology for Reducing Emissions Intensity of Grassland-based Cattle Production

Methodology for Reducing Household Electricity Emissions by Incentivizing Behavior Change and Technology Switches

Methodology for Rewetting High Carbon Soil in Temperate Climate Zones

Module for Performance Method for Reduced Impact Logging in Natural Forest of the Northern Republic of the Congo

Module for Performance Method for Reduced Impact Logging in Suriname

Module for VM0041: Methodology for the Reduction of Enteric Methane Emissions from Ruminants through the Use of Feed Ingredients

Methodology Framework for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage

Methodology Framework for Emissions Reductions and Increased Carbon Sequestration Through Traditional Savanna Fire Management

Minor Revision to VM0008: Weatherization of Single Family and MultiFamily Buildings, v1.1

Revision to VM0001: Infrared Automatic Refrigerant Leak Detection Efficiency Project Methodology, v1.1

Revision to VM0016, Recovery and Destruction of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) from Products, v1.1

Revision to VM0022: Quantifying N2O Emissions Reductions in Agricultural Crops through Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate Reduction, v1.1

Revision to VM0033 Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration, v2.0

Revision to VM0036: Methodology for Rewetting Drained Temperate and Boreal Peatlands, v1.0

Revision to VM0038: Methodology for Electric Vehicle Charging Systems, v1.0 and VMD0045: Activity Method for Determining Additionality of Electric Vehicle Charging Systems, v1.0

Revision to VM0043: Methodology for CO2 Utilization in Concrete Production, v1.0

Revision to VT0005: Tool for Measuring Aboveground Live Forest Biomass using Remote Sensing, v1.0

Tool for Soil Sampling, Processing, and Analyzing Soil Organic Carbon Stock Changes

Tool for the Estimation of Emissions Associated with Electricity Consumption

Methodology for Arterial Traffic Control System Optimization

Methodology for Avoiding Carbon Emissions through Refurbishment and Reuse of Electronic Gadgets

Methodology for Carbon-Aware Computing

Methodology for Destination Alternate Airport

Methodology for Energy-saving through Elevator Regenerative Power System Implementation

Methodology for Hydrogen Fuel Switch in Process Heaters

Methodology for Implementing Dry-Cultivated Water-Saving and Drought-Resistance Rice Farming Practices

Methodology for Improved Forest Management through Adjusting Bamboo Forest Stand Structure

Methodology for Increasing Karst Carbon Sink through Afforestation

Methodology for In-situ Phycoremediation of Eutrophic River-estuary Systems

Methodology for Installation of LPG as Energy Efficiency Measures in Thermal Applications for Household and Commercial Cooking

Methodology for Modal Shift in Transportation of Cargo from Road Transportation to Electricity Conveyor Belt

Methodology for Production of Alumina from End-of-Life Aluminum

Methodology for Production of Substitutes that Displace the Use of Peat in Growing Media

Methodology for Recovery and Recycling of Materials from Solid Wastes

Methodology for Reducing Emissions through the Implementation of Electric Hand Dryers in Public Restrooms

Methodology for Reducing the Production and Use of Pesticides and Fertilizers by using High-precision Agriculture

Methodology for the Reduction of Shipping Vessel Emissions Through the use of an Ultrasonic Antifouling System

Methodology for Sterilization of Subsurface Coal Reserves

Methodology for Supporting Watershed Protection Activities Avoiding Water Management Infrastructure Upgrade and Operations Emissions

Methodology for Sustainable Institutional Food Procurement

Methodology for Water Purification

Revision to ACM0001: Flaring or Use of Landfill Gas

Revision to AMS-III.AR: Substituting fossil fuel based lighting with LED/CFL lighting systems

Revision to AMS-III.BA, Small Scale Methodology: Recovery and recycling of materials from E-Waste

Revisions to Avoiding Unplanned Deforestation and/or Degradation Methodologies

Revision to AM0086, Large-Scale Methodology: Distribution of low greenhouse gas emitting water purification systems for safe drinking water

Revision to VM0018: Energy Efficiency and Solid Waste Diversion Activities within a Sustainable Community, v1.0

Afforestation/Reforestation of Agricultural Lands

Avoided Planned Conversion of Grasslands and Shrublands to Crop Production

Avoiding Planned Deforestation of Undrained Peat Swamp Forests

Calculating Emission Reductions in Rice Management Systems

Destruction of Fluoroform (HFC-23) Waste Gas Streams

General Methodology for Quantifying the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions from the Production and Incorporation of Soil of Biochar in Agricultural and Forest Management Systems

Improved Forest Management in Boreal Production Forests

Improved Forest Management on Lands Subject to Unextiguished Indigenous Rights and Title (LtPF)

Methodology for Agricultural Land Management: Improved Grassland Management

Methodology for Determining GHG Emission Reductions Through Bicycle Sharing Projects

Methodology for Digital MRV Forest Carbon Crediting

Methodology for Fuel Switch to Renewable Biomass for Thermal Applications

Methodology for Improved Forest Management in Non-industrial Private Forests

Methodology for Improved Forest Management through Targeted, Short-Term Harvest Deferral

Methodology to Reduce Enteric Methane Emissions in Beef Cattle using Organic or Natural Feed Supplements

Methodology for Reduction in GHG Emissions from Metal Production Using Metal Bearing Wastes

Methodology for the Reduction of N2O Emissions from Cattle Excreta Disposal by Utilizing Amino Acid Balanced Low-Protein Feed

Methodology for Time-Shifted Electricity Consumption Targeting Less Carbon-Intensive Generation

Revisions to AM0090 to Include Conveyor Belt Transportation

Revisions to approved baseline and monitoring methodology ACM0017 “Production of biodiesel for use as fuel” and “Tool to calculate the emission factor for a petroleum distribution system”

Revision to “Approved consolidated baseline and monitoring methodology ACM0002”

Revision to VMD0049: Activity Method for Determining Additionality of Electric Vehicle Charging Systems, v1.0

Tool for the Demonstration and Assessment of Additionality in VCS IFM Project Activities on Lands Subject to Unextinguished Indigenous Rights and Title

Quantification Methodology for Underbalanced Drilling with Natural Gas and Formation Gas Recovery

In addition, projects seeking registration in the VCS Program that comply with all VCS Program rules may use methodologies from other approved GHG programs, including Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) methodologies and Climate Action Reserve (CAR) protocols. Project activities listed in Table 1 of the VCS Standard are not eligible.

The following CDM and CAR methodologies may be used under the VCS Program, if projects comply with all VCS Program rules and requirements. Projects can only be listed on the VCS registry if they are not excluded from the VCS Program in accordance with Table 1 of the latest version of the VCS Standard. Project proponents may send a request to methodologies@verra.org to introduce and use currently ineligible CDM and CAR methodologies. Methodologies that are listed as permanently excluded from the VCS Program further below cannot be reintroduced to the VCS Program.

CDM

VCS Program – Ineligible Methodologies

Verra periodically reviews VCS methodologies to ensure they continue to reflect best practices, scientific consensus, and evolving market conditions and technical developments in a sector. Verra will conduct these reviews at least once every five years or when otherwise needed.

As a result of a review, Verra may revise the methodology. Verra may also set methodology versions previously approved under the VCS Program as inactive until a new revised version is issued.

Projects may not use methodologies from other approved GHG programs that overlap with VCS methodologies. The following methodologies are permanently excluded from the VCS Program (see Sections 5.3.6 of VCS Methodology Development and Review Process, v4.3 (PDF):

CAR

CDM

Propose a new or revised VCS methodology, tool or module

Stakeholders can submit a methodology idea note to propose a new or revised VCS methodology, tool or module (refer to the Methodology Development and Review Process).

Preference and priority to proceed with the development process of such ideas are given to ideas that are broadly applicable, have high climate change mitigation potential, support sustainable development, and are not associated with unmitigable social, environmental, legal, or regulatory risks.

Depending on available funding, experience and overlapping ideas, either a third-party or group of third-parties leads the development of the proposed new or revised methodology, tool or module. Verra may also fund the development and hire a consultant to prepare the methodology documentation and manage the assessment process.


SD VISta Program Methodologies

Projects have the option to generate SD VISta assets that represent specific sustainable development benefits. Projects that generate SD VISta assets must use an approved SD VISta asset methodology to quantify the specific social or environmental benefits that will be issued as assets.

SD VISta asset methodologies set out the assumptions, parameters, and procedures for measuring, monitoring, and reporting the specific sustainable development benefits. They also provide detailed procedures for quantifying the real environmental and/or social benefits of the project and provide guidance to help project developers determine project boundaries, set baseline scenarios, monitor the benefits, and ultimately quantify and issue the sustainable development benefits as SD VISta assets.

Project developers can choose to develop their own SD VISta asset methodology through the SD VISta methodology approval process.

The SD VISta Program has methodologies approved for use.

A number of SD VISta methodologies are currently under development.


Plastic Program Methodologies

Methodologies set out detailed procedures for quantifying the plastic waste collected and/or recycled as the result of a project activity and provide guidance to help project developers determine project boundaries, set baselines and assess additionality.

Project proponents must always use the current and valid version of a methodology. Select from the methodologies below based on the nature of your project activity.

To ensure that the Plastic Program remains robust and credible, the Plastic Program periodically reviews approved methodologies to ensure that they conform to current requirements, international best practices, and scientific consensus. Therefore, from time to time, a methodology may be revised, withdrawn or put on hold. In such cases, A grace period will apply for projects currently using the methodology. The status of each methodology is always displayed on the Verra website.

Approved Plastic Methodologies

COLLECTION

RECYCLING