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Model Materials

 

In May 2009, the RGGI States released draft model templates for offset verifier accreditation applications and pre-engagement conflict of interest (COI) disclosure filing materials. The draft model templates served as the basis for developing materially consistent state-specific verifier application and submittal materials.  

The model documents are available below.

Note: These model documents are provided for informational purposes only and should not be submitted to RGGI States.

 

Accredited Verifiers

 

Offset project Consistency Application and Monitoring and Verification Report submittals must include a signed verification statement and verification report from an accredited independent offset project verifier.  The verifier must be accredited by the reviewing state (e.g., an offset project application submitted to a respective state must include a report from a verifier accredited by that state).

Verifiers are accredited by individual RGGI States.  However, states may recognize the accreditation of a verifier by another participating state.  If a state recognizes another state's accreditation, the verifier is also deemed to be accredited in the recognizing state.

The table below lists independent offset project verifiers that have been directly accredited by one or more RGGI States, the term of the accreditation, the other RGGI States that have recognized such accreditation for use in their state, and the offset project categories to which the accreditation applies.

  

Accredited Verifiers

 Accredited
 Verifier

 Project
 Categories

 Accrediting
 State

 Date of
 Accreditation

 Accreditation
 Valid
 Through

 Other States
 Recognizing
 Accreditation

First
 Environment

(View
 Application
)

  • Landfill Gas

  • SF6

  • Agricultural Manure Mgmt.

 

NY

July 14, 2016

July 14, 2019

CT
DE
ME
NH
RI
VT

Ruby Canyon Engineering

(View Applications)

  • Landfill Gas

  • SF6

  • Agricultural Manure Mgmt

CT

DE

MA

MD

ME

NH

NY

RI

VT

July 9, 2014

June 19, 2014

June 9, 2014

August 27, 2014

August 25, 2014

June 9, 2014

June 19, 2014

June 9, 2014

June 16, 2014

July 8, 2017

June 18, 2017

June 8, 2017

August 26, 2017

August 24, 2017

June 8, 2017

June 18, 2017

June 8, 2017

June 15, 2017

 

TUV SUD America, Inc

(View Application)

  • Landfill Gas

  • SF6

  • Building Energy Efficiency

  • Agricultural Manure Mgmt.

MA

July 13,
2010

July 12,
2013

CT
NH

Advanced Waste Management Systems, Inc.

(View Application)

  • Landfill Gas

  • SF6

  • Building Energy Efficiency

 

MA

June 18,
2010

June 17,
2013

CT
NH

First
 Environment

(View
 Application
)

  • Landfill Gas

  • SF6

  • Building Energy Efficiency

  • Agricultural Manure Mgmt.

 NY

 January 15,
 2010

 January 14,
 2013

 CT
 NH

Model Materials

 

In May and June 2009, the RGGI States released draft model templates for offset project Consistency Applications and Monitoring and Verification Reports. The draft model templates served as the basis for developing materially consistent state-specific offset project application and submittal materials.

The model documents are available below. Note: These model documents are provided for informational purposes only and should not be submitted to RGGI States.

 

Landfill Methane Capture and Destruction
Reduction in Emissions of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6)
U.S. Forest Projects (Reforestation, Improved Forest Management, Avoided Conversion) (DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Sequestration of Carbon due to Afforestation (CT and NY)
Avoided Methane Emissions from Agricultural Manure Management Operations
Reduction or Avoidance of CO2 Emissions Due to End-Use Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector

  

Verification Process

 

Consistency Applications and Monitoring and Verification Reports must include a signed verification statement and verification report from a state-accredited independent verifier. 

State Accreditation

Each independent verifier must be accredited by the RGGI State in which the offset project is located, although a RGGI State may acknowledge accreditation by another RGGI State.

Pre-Engagement COI Filing

Prior to engaging with an offset project sponsor to provide verification services, an accredited verifier must submit a pre-engagement conflict of interest (COI) disclosure filing to the appropriate regulatory agency in the state where the offset project is located.  This filing is required for disclosure of potential relationships or other issues that could lead to a COI situation between the verifier and the offset project sponsor or a related party.

The links below lead to each state's offset program webpage, which contain state-specific verifier accreditation instructions, verifier accreditation application materials, and pre-engagement COI submittal forms.



Project sponsors should contact state offset program staff with specific program questions. Contact information can be found through the link on the right hand side of this page.

Offset Handbook

 

This page contains the Offset Handbook for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Model Rule and model offset applications and monitoring and verification reports.

The Offset Handbook explains:

  • RGGI Model Rule provisions for offset projects (Subpart XX-10) and the award CO2 offset allowances
  • The documentation required in model templates for offset project Consistency Applications and Monitoring and Verification Reports. The model templates served as the basis for developing state-specific offset project application and submittal materials.

The Offset Handbook has been prepared for informational purposes only to explain the model documents listed above. The Offset Handbook does not constitute formal guidance or an official interpretation by any individual RGGI participating state regarding its CO2 Budget Trading Program regulations.

Download the Offset Handbook here.