Verra has published the methodology VMR0009 Avoided Emissions from Biomass Wastes through Use as Feedstock in Pulp and Paper, Cardboard, Fiberboard or Bio-oil Production in the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program following a public consultation.
This revision expands CDM methodology AM0057 to include wood waste. AM0057 applied only to agricultural waste and covered project activities such as the construction of facilities for processing pulp and paper, cardboard, fiberboard, or bio-oil production that use agricultural waste as feedstock.
Expanding the methodology to include additional types of biomass waste has created a path for scaling up additional activities that contribute to solving problems in the waste sector (e.g., accumulation and improper disposal) while also advancing climate action, especially in some developing countries.
The release of VMR0009 contributes to the “Enhanced Program Integrity and Impact” thematic area under Verra’s “New Era for Verra” initiative. Per this goal, Verra works to ensure that all methodologies in its standards programs remain usable and consistent with program requirements, market best practices, and the latest scientific evidence.
The changes constitute a minor revision per the Methodology Development and Review Process, v4.3 (PDF).