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Using the Standards

The CCB Standards can be used by any land management project in the world. Explore the projects.

The CCB Standards provide a clear framework of issues to consider and processes to develop during project design. Projects that decide to move forward with validation and verification to the CCB Standards undergo the following process.

Please contact VCS if you are developing a project using the CCB Standards!

Using the CCB Standards

Using the CCB Standards

Combining with other standards

The CCB Program used alone does not lead to delivery of quantified emissions reductions certificates, but it can be combined effectively with an approved GHG program such as the VCS Program. In this case, validation and verification to the CCB Standards provide assurances of the social and environmental quality of the project’s implementation and the delivery of multiple benefits, while the GHG program enables verification and registration of quantified greenhouse gas emissions reductions and removals. Projects successfully verified under both programs can add the CCB label to verified emissions reductions units listed on a registry.

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 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 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.

CCB Label

The CCB label is a permanent marker added to each GHG credit’s unique carbon registry identification code that allows offset buyers to identify credits from a project that has met the CCB Standards. A CCB label must be added to GHG credits issued from projects that have completed verification against the CCB Standards for a period that completely covers the GHG program verification period from which the GHG credit was issued. 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.

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. VCS registry operators are eligible to add the CCB label to GHG credits.  

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

CCB News

  • Open for Public Comment

    11 July 2016

    Comments are invited from the public about whether the below projects meet the requirements of…

    Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards, Verified Carbon Standard
  • Updates about the CCB Standards

    1 July 2015

    As we start the second half of the year, there are a few pieces of…

    Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards