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Using the Standards

The CCB Standards provide a clear framework of issues to consider and processes to develop during design of any site-based activity that could impact local communities and the environment. Explore current CCB projects.

The CCB Program Process

Projects interested in using the CCB Standards should start by consulting our requirements documents. Projects that move forward will undergo the following process. Please contact VCS if you are developing a project using the CCB Standards!

Steps in BLUE are completed by the Project Proponent, steps in GREEN by the Auditor, and steps in RED by VCS.

 

Combining with Other Standards

The CCB Program can be combined effectively with a recognized GHG program such as the VCS Program. Validation and verification to the CCB Standards provide assurances of the social and environmental quality of the project’s implementation, while the GHG program enables delivery of credits for quantified greenhouse gas emissions reductions or removals.

Streamlined Process: Combining with the Verified Carbon Standard

Use of the VCS together with the CCB Standards has been streamlined for both project developers and auditors. Project documentation and validation and verification report templates are available to make it easier and more cost effective to combine CCB Standards and VCS through all stages of project development and implementation. The use of the combined templates is not required but is highly recommended when using both standards. Please note that these templates are designed for use with CCB Standards Second Edition. They must be updated by the project proponent for use with the third (current) edition.

The CCB Label on GHG Credits

CCB-verified projects that also issue GHG credits with a recognized program must use a label to disinguish those credits. The CCB label is a permanent marker added to a GHG credit’s unique carbon registry identification code that allows offset buyers to identify credits from a project that has met the CCB Standards. Projects that have only earned validation to the CCB Standards are not yet eligible for the CCB label. See the Rules for the Use of the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards for more details.

VCS registry operators can add the CCB label to Verified Carbon Units. A CCB label fee is collected by the registries on behalf of VCS at the time the label is applied. This fee is used to support the management of the CCB Program. See the Fee Schedule for the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards for more information.

Waiver of Climate Section of CCB Standards Third Edition

The climate section of the CCB Standards Third Edition is used to demonstrate a project’s net positive climate benefits and not for claiming GHG credits. The climate section is not required for projects using the Third Edition that have met the requirements of a recognized GHG program. Currently, the VCS Program is the only program that meets the requirements to be a recognized GHG program. Waiver of the climate section is not possible for use with the CCB Standards First and Second Editions. See the Rules for the Use of the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards for more details.

“More than three-quarters… of the… [AFOLU] MtCO2e transacted under VCS, also used the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards to verify “beyond carbon” benefits.” Source: Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, State of Forest Carbon Finance 2015

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