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1 Glenn S. Hodes UNEP Risø Center CDM Project Screening & PIN Development

2 Contents Project screening PINs: Purpose and Key Elements Buyers’ Perspective Preview of PDD How to get started?

3 Project Screening Undertaken by seller and buyer to prioritize investments Cast the net widely at first, then narrow focus according to feasibility, profit, etc. Fully use the process –to map out key risks, drivers, and uncertainties –to identify and engage project champions and affected stakeholders

4 Purpose of Project Idea Note (PIN) Communication tool used by project developers and investors early on in the process Aids in the conceptualization, marketing, financing and screening/evaluation of projects Prerequisite for more serious negotiations (e.g. Letter of Intent) ‘Road map’ for formal CDM application/project document DNA may require before issuing Letter of No Objection

5 PIN – Key Elements Clear description of project activities and technologies employed Identify project participants and arrangement for implementation –Participants’ roles and their technical, financial capability to undertake –Status of third party involvement if appropriate (e.g., PPA in case of electricity generation project or agreement with municipality, private operator regarding ownership of waste in case of landfill project) Eligibility outline: additionality and baseline scenario –Why the project should not happen on its own? –Sources of GHG emission reductions and total ER volume including possible leakage Local, national, and global benefits Risks

6 1.Project Financing –Bankability: sooner can achieve financial closure, better the chances of selection –Project costs already determined and realistic –Idea of how carbon would impact implementation or address expected financing gap 2.Credible baseline and adequate volume –Carbon credit volume should be sufficient to cover CDM or VER transaction costs –Suggested minimum threshold: 20 ktCO 2 per year or 100 ktCO 2 total before What buyers look for (1)

7 What buyers look for (2) 3.Commercially viable technology 4.Competent, credible counterparties clear champion and institutional arrangements sound legal arrangement -- who owns, who operates, what type of agreement between project participants 5.Viable business + operation model 6.Demonstration of sustainability, safeguards EIA and/or relevant environmental permits Compliance with social + environmental safeguards plus relevance to sustainable criteria of host country

8 PIN Content For national project approval: –See handout (India Example) For buyers: –Most accept World Bank template, available at

9 Preview: Purpose of PDD Project Design Document –Part of formal CDM requirements (unlike PIN) –One of very few legal requirements for CDM eligibility A detailed, well-substantiated document addressing key questions –How will project reduce GHG emissions? –Why is project eligible for CDM? –How will project risks be managed and shared by participants, and project impacts on stakeholders managed? Conveys project information to the relevant stakeholders –potential investors, validator (DOE), DNA, and public at large

10 1. Selection of most applicable, approved methodology: –Existing approved methodologies can be combined where appropriate. –If none exists, one can submit a new one or (minor) alteration of existing one, at own expense 2.Assessment & demonstration of additionality: –Most critical issue for project acceptance –Project will be refused if not proven 3.Articulation of Sustainable Development Benefits and Documentation of stakeholder consultations, permits, etc. 4.Sound monitoring plan – key for eventual verification Critical elements of PDD

11 PDD Content General description of project activity Application of a baseline methodology Duration of the project activity / Crediting period –Choice of the crediting period (10 years, 7 x 1 and 7 x 2 years, 30 years for A/R activities) (Application of) monitoring methodology and plan Estimation of GHG emissions by sources Environmental impacts Stakeholders’ comments Contact information on project participants

12 How to get started (1) Browse CD4CDM Project’s ‘CDM Project Pipeline’ Tracker Tool  Browse DVD/CD-ROM or UNFCCC CDM website: 

13 Official homepage:

14  Reference Decisions of CoP and CoP/MoP –e.g. Marrakesh Accords Documents: –Guidelines –Templates –Reports –Modalities and Procedures Forms Procedures Guidance/clarifications

15 Thank you for your attention!


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