Every emission mitigation project must choose a standardized methodology and approved either by the CDM Executive Board or by the voluntary standard with which one wishes to work. At the present time there are numerous approved methodologies for all sectors and scales. However, not all methodologies are adapted to all the needs of the projects, and in those cases, ALLCOT participates advising the promoters of the projects in the design of a new methodology, or in adapting an existing one to the specific needs.
The work of ALLCOT in the design of new methodologies has the objective of establishing a calculation tool adapted to the needs of the projects complying with the specific requirements of the Standard in terms of transparency, verifiability, monitoring, and additionality.
The GHG emissions quantification methodologies normally used for mitigation projects are designed covering three main areas: i) the one related to the baseline and project scenario, which is used to calculate the emission reductions, ii) the area required to prove that the project is additional, that is, if the project would not be implemented, the baseline scenario would generate more GHG and iii) the monitoring and verification plan, which will be used to monitor and verify GHG reductions. In ALLCOT we lead the process by contacting the necessary auditors and accompanying the project promoters throughout the process until final approval is obtained.
We are facing a changing market and strongly dependent on new technologies, research and development. In this scenario, numerous project promoters face the problem that the conditions of applicability of the methodologies registered in the standards are not adapted to the needs of the projects. That is why at ALLCOT we consider agility to be essential when it comes to detecting the need and deploying the appropriate tools to modify, review and adapt the calculation methodologies to each project.