๐ŸญCDM ACM0001: Flaring or Use of Landfill Gas

Table of Contents

Introduction to ACM0001

Need and Use for ACM0001

Objective and Scope of ACM0001

Methodology Overview

โ€‹Typical Projects

โ€‹ Available Roles

โ€‹ Key Documents and Schemas

Tools Referenced

โ€‹ Token (Carbon Emission Reduction)

โ€‹ Workflow

Step-by-Stepโ€‹โ€‹

Introduction to ACM0001

ACM0001, under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is a large-scale consolidated methodology focusing on the flaring or utilization of landfill gas (LFG). This methodology is applicable to projects that involve the capture and destruction of methane emissions from landfill sites and the displacement of more GHG-intensive services through the use of captured landfill gas to produce energy or supply consumers. It is meticulously designed to address the pressing environmental concerns associated with landfill gas emissions, primarily focusing on the sectoral scopes 01 and 13.

This methodology is centered around the capture of landfill gas (LFG) and its subsequent utilization or flaring, aiming to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions effectively. It is instrumental in the destruction of methane emissions and the displacement of more GHG-intensive services, contributing significantly to global efforts to combat climate change.

ACM0001 is applicable to projects that involve the installation of new LFG capture systems or investments into existing ones, in both existing and new (Greenfield) Solid Waste Disposal Sites (SWDS). The methodology is versatile, allowing the captured LFG to be used in various ways, including generating electricity and heat, or supplying to consumers through different mediums like natural gas distribution networks, dedicated pipelines, or trucks.

Need and Use for ACM0001

The need for ACM0001 arises from the urgent requirement to mitigate the adverse environmental impacts of landfill gas emissions, which are a significant source of greenhouse gases, primarily methane. Methane is known for its high global warming potential, making the management and treatment of landfill gas crucial in the fight against climate change.

ACM0001 is crucial for projects aiming to mitigate the environmental impact of landfill sites by capturing and destroying methane emissions and displacing more GHG-intensive services. It allows for the captured LFG to be used in several ways, such as generating electricity, producing heat, or supplying consumers through natural gas distribution networks, dedicated pipelines, or trucks. This methodology ensures the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to the transition towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly waste management and energy production practices.

Objective and Scope of ACM0001

The primary objective of ACM0001 is to provide a structured approach for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through the capture and utilization or flaring of landfill gas. This methodology is applicable to a variety of projects, including the installation of new LFG capture systems in existing or new solid waste disposal sites (SWDS) where no such systems existed prior, and investments into existing LFG capture systems to increase recovery rate or change the use of the captured LFG.

Methodology Overview

ACM0001 encompasses various scenarios and conditions, including the installation of new LFG capture systems and enhancements to existing ones, and it allows for the captured LFG to be used in multiple ways, ensuring versatility and adaptability to different project needs. The methodology mandates the demonstration of "additionality," confirming that the project would not have occurred without CDM support, and establishes stringent criteria to ensure genuine emissions reductions.

Typical Projects

Typical projects under ACM0001 involve the capture of landfill gas and its utilization to produce energy or supply consumers, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the displacement of more GHG-intensive services. These projects can range from the installation of new LFG capture systems to enhancements to existing ones, allowing for a broad spectrum of applications in different contexts and conditions.

Available Roles

Project Participant - The project participant is responsible for executing the emission reduction project. The project participant must adhere to the requirements outlined by the CDM and provide evidence of the emission reductions achieved. Upon successful verification, the project participant receives certified emission reduction (CER) tokens as an incentive for their emission reductions.

Verification and Validation Body (VVB) - The VVB plays a critical role in independently verifying and validating the project data submitted by the project participant. They thoroughly assess the project's emission reduction potential, methodologies, and adherence to the policy guidelines. Based on their evaluation, the VVB either approves or rejects the project for registration.

Registry (UNFCCC) - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) serves as the registry for the CDM. They oversee the multiple workflow steps involved in the project's approval, including the verification and validation process by the VVB and the endorsement by the DNA. The UNFCCC's approval is necessary for the project's successful registration and issuance of CER tokens.

Key Documents and Schemas

  1. Project Descriptionโ€ฏ- Project Participant information, standard project information, methodology information like baseline emissions, project emissions, etc.

  2. Emissions Reductionโ€ฏโ€“ Schema included within the project information form; this is filled out by the project participant to calculate annual emission reductions.

  3. Monitoring Reportโ€ฏโ€“ The monitoring report is to be filled out based on the monitoring plan mentioned within the methodology.

Tools Referenced

  1. Methodological Tool 02 โ€“ Combined tool to identify the baseline scenario and demonstrate additionality.

  2. Methodological Tool 03 โ€“ Tool to calculate project or leakage CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion.

  3. Methodological Tool 04 โ€“ Emissions from solid waste disposal sites.

  4. Methodological Tool 05โ€ฏโ€“ Baseline, project and/or leakage emissions from electricity consumption and monitoring of electricity generation.

  5. Methodological Tool 06โ€ฏโ€“ Project emissions from flaring.

  6. Methodological Tool 08 โ€“ Tool to determine the mass flow of a greenhouse gas in a gaseous stream.

  7. Methodological Tool 09 โ€“ Determining the baseline efficiency of thermal or electric energy generation systems.

  8. Methodological Tool 12 โ€“ Project and leakage emissions from transportation of freight.

  9. Methodological Tool 32 โ€“ Positive lists of technologies.

Token (Carbon Emission Reduction)

Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2.

Workflow

Step-by-Step

  1. Log in as the Standard Registry and import the policy either by file or through IPFS timestamp by selecting the third button at the top right.

  1. Once the policy has successfully imported, you will be redirected to the policy configurator. The policy configurator can be used to edit the policy using the workflow blocks. There will also be a tab for the โ€œToolsโ€ used within this policy as illustrated in the image below. To start using the policy you must first change the status of the policy from โ€œDraftโ€ to โ€œDry Runโ€ or โ€œPublishโ€, then select the โ€œRegisterโ€ or โ€œGoโ€ button. This can be done through the policy configurator page or though the โ€œPoliciesโ€ page.

  1. Create a new user by clicking the โ€œCreate Userโ€ button and assign their role as โ€œProject Participantโ€.

  1. The Project Participant can now provide their name or the name they would like to see reflect when registering for this project (i.e. their organizationโ€™s name).

  1. ะกreate a new user again and assign their role as โ€œVVBโ€.

  1. The VVB can now provide their name or the name they would like users to see when reviewing projects (i.e. their organizationโ€™s name).

  1. Log in as the SR and select the โ€œProject Participantsโ€ or the โ€œVVBsโ€ tab to view the documents submitted by the Project Participant and by the VVB. The SR can approve their requests by clicking on the โ€œApprove" button.

  1. Log in as the Project Participant and create a new project by clicking on the "New Project" button. This form is used to collect information about the project, organization, and all the data needed to run the emission reduction calculations. Once all the required fields have been filled the โ€œCreateโ€ button will turn dark blue. By selecting the โ€œCreateโ€ button all the data will be sent to the SR for review/approval.

  1. Log back in as the SR and after reviewing the document located in the โ€œProjectsโ€ tab, the SR can validate the project submitted by the Project Participant by clicking the โ€œValidateโ€ button. If the data does not satisfy the rules set by the SR, then the โ€œRejectโ€ button can be used.

  1. Log in as the Project Participant and create a monitoring report by clicking on the โ€œAdd Reportโ€ button then fill out the monitoring report form.

  1. After creating the monitoring report, the project participant assigns the VVB to verify it by navigating to the โ€œMonitoring Reportsโ€ tab and selecting the dropdown under โ€œAssignโ€.

  1. Log in as the VVB and click the โ€œMonitoring Reportsโ€ tab to review the document submitted by the Project Participant. After reviewing the monitoring report by selecting โ€œView Documentโ€, the VVB can select โ€œVerifyโ€.

  1. Log in as the SR to review the monitoring report by selecting the โ€œView Documentโ€ button in the โ€œMonitoring Reportsโ€ tab. The SR can approve the monitoring report by selecting โ€œApproveโ€. This will also trigger the minting process. You can see the minting status under โ€œStatusโ€ change from โ€œMintingโ€ to โ€œMintedโ€.

  1. Once the minting process is completed, you can view the token amount by navigating to the โ€œVPsโ€ tab.

  1. The TrustChain can also be viewed by clicking on the โ€œView TrustChainโ€ button. Please note that the token amount may show โ€œ-1/472495โ€ when the tokens are still minting like the example provided below.

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