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Any methodology listed below may be used to develop projects under the VCS Program. Methodologies are listed by VCS sectoral scope.Modules and tools are listed in separate tables below the main methodology table.

Any methodology developed under the United Nations Clean Development Mechanismcan be used by projects and programs through VCS. The same is true for methodologies developed by the Climate Action Reserve,with the exception of their forest protocol.

The current and valid version of a methodology must always be used. From time to time, a methodology may be revised, withdrawn or put on hold. To learn about the grace periods that apply in such cases, see the main methodologies page.

VCS also issues errata and clarifications periodically, which are listed on the respective methodology page. Such errata and clarifications are effective on their issuance date, and methodologies must be applied and interpreted consistent with such errata and clarifications.



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Methodologies
Sectoral Scope IDsort descending Available Methodologies
2. Energy distribution Energy Distribution Methodologies
4. Manufacturing industries Manufacturing Industries Methodologies
6. Construction Construction Methodologies
12. Solvents use Solvents Use Methodologies
15. Livestock and manure management Livestock and Manure Management Methodologies
11. Fugitive emissions from industrial gases VM0001 Infrared Automatic Refrigerant Leak Detection Efficiency Project Methodology, v1.0
1. Energy (renewable/non-renewable) VM0002 New Cogeneration Facilities Supplying Less Carbon Intensive Electricity to Grid and/or Hot Water to One or More Grid Customers, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0003 Methodology for Improved Forest Management through Extension of Rotation Age, v1.2
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0004 Methodology for Conservation Projects that Avoid Planned Land Use Conversion in Peat Swamp Forests, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0005 Methodology for Conversion of Low-productive Forest to High-productive Forest, v1.2
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0006 Methodology for Carbon Accounting for Mosaic and Landscape-scale REDD Projects, v2.1
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0007 REDD Methodology Modules (REDD-MF), v1.4
3. Energy demand VM0008 Weatherization of Single Family and Multi-Family Buildings, v1.1
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0009 Methodology for Avoided Ecosystem Conversion, v3.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0010 Methodology for Improved Forest Management: Conversion from Logged to Protected Forest, v1.2
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0011 Methodology for Calculating GHG Benefits from Preventing Planned Degradation, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0012 Improved Forest Management in Temperate and Boreal Forests (LtPF), v1.2
3. Energy demand VM0013 Calculating Emission Reductions from Jet Engine Washing, v1.0
1. Energy (renewable/non-renewable) VM0014 Interception and Destruction of Fugitive Methane from Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Seeps, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0015 Methodology for Avoided Unplanned Deforestation, v1.1
11. Fugitive emissions from industrial gases VM0016 Recovery and Destruction of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) from Products, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0017 Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Land Management, v1.0
3. Energy demand VM0018 Energy Efficiency and Solid Waste Diversion Activities within a Sustainable Community, v1.0
7. Transport VM0019 Fuel Switch from Gasoline to Ethanol in Flex-Fuel Vehicle Fleets, v1.0
3. Energy demand VM0020 Transport Energy Efficiency from Lightweight Pallets, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0021 Soil Carbon Quantification Methodology, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0022 Quantifying N2O Emissions Reductions in Agricultural Crops through Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate Reduction, v1.1
5. Chemical industry VM0023 Reduction of GHG Emissions in Propylene Oxide Production, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0024 Methodology for Coastal Wetland Creation, v1.0
1. Energy (renewable/non-renewable) VM0025 Campus Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0026 Methodology for Sustainable Grassland Management (SGM)
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VM0027 Methodology for Rewetting Drained Tropical Peatlands, v1.0
8. Mining/Mineral production VMR0001 Revisions to ACM0008 to Include Pre-drainage of Methane from an Active Open Cast Mine as a Methane Emission Reduction Activity, v1.0
8. Mining/Mineral production VMR0002 Revisions to ACM0008 to Include Methane Capture and Destruction from Abandoned Coal Mines, v1.0
13. Waste handling and disposal VMR0003 Revisions to AMS-III.Y to Include Use of Organic Bedding Material, v1.0
7. Transport VMR0004 Revisions to AMS-III.BC to Include Mobile Machinery, v1.0
Modules
Sectoral Scope IDsort descending Available Methodologies
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0001 Estimation of carbon stocks in the above- and belowground biomass in live tree and non-tree pools (CP-AB), v1.1
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0002 Estimation of carbon stocks in the dead-wood pool (CP-D), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0003 Estimation of carbon stocks in the litter pool (CP-L), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0004 Estimation of stocks in the soil organic carbon pool (CP-S), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0005 Estimation of carbon stocks in the long-term wood products pool (CP-W), v1.1
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0006 Estimation of baseline carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions from planned deforestation and planned degradation (BL-PL), v1.2
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0007 Estimation of baseline carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions from unplanned deforestation (BL-UP), v3.2
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0008 Estimation of baseline emissions from forest degradation caused by extraction of wood for fuel (BL-DFW), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0009 Estimation of emissions from activity shifting for avoided planned deforestation (LK-ASP), v1.1
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0010 Estimation of emissions from activity shifting for avoided unplanned deforestation (LK-ASU), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0011 Estimation of emissions from market-effects (LK-ME), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0012 Estimation of emissions from displacement of fuelwood extraction (LK-DFW), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0013 Estimation of greenhouse gas emissions from biomass burning (E-BB), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0014 Estimation of emissions from fossil fuel combustion (E-FFC), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0015 Methods for monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and removals (M-MON), v2.1
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0016 Methods for stratification of the project area (X-STR), v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0017 Estimation of uncertainty for REDD project activities (X-UNC), v2.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0018 Methods to Determine Stratification, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0019 Methods to Project Future Conditions, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0020 Methods to Determine Project Boundaries, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0021 Estimation of Stocks in the Soil Carbon Pool, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0022 Estimation of Carbon Stocks in Living Plant Biomass, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0023 Estimation of Carbon Stocks in the Litter Pool, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0024 Estimation of Carbon Stocks in the Dead Wood Pool, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0025 Estimation of Woody Biomass Harvesting and Utilization, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0026 Estimation of Carbon Stocks in the Long-Lived Wood Products Pool, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0027 Estimation of Domesticated Animal Populations, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0028 Estimation of Emissions from Domesticated Animals, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0029 Estimation of Emissions from Non-CO2 GHGs from Soils, v1.1
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0030 Estimation of Emissions from Power Equipment, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0031 Estimation of Emissions from Burning, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0032 Estimation of Emissions from Activity-Shifting Leakage, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0033 Estimation of Emissions from Market Leakage, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0034 Methods for Developing a Monitoring Plan, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0035 Methods to Determine the Net Change in Atmospheric GHG Resulting from Project Activities, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0036 Global Commodity Leakage Module: Effective Area Approach, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0037 Global Commodity Leakage Module: Production Approach, v1.0
1. Energy (renewable/non-renewable) VMD0038 Campus Clean Energy Efficiency Campus-Wide Module
1. Energy (renewable/non-renewable) VMD0039 Campus Clean Energy Efficiency LEED-Certified Buildings Module
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VMD0040 Leakage from Displacement of Grazing Activities
Tools
Sectoral Scope IDsort descending Available Methodologies
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VT0001 Tool for the Demonstration and Assessment of Additionality in VCS Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Project Activities, v3.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VT0002 Tool for the Demonstration and Assessment of Additionality in IFM Project Activities, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VT0003 Tool for the Estimation of Uncertainty for IFM Project Activities, v1.0
14. Agriculture, Forestry, Land Use VT0004 JNR Leakage Tool, v1.0