Countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol have binding commitments to reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has established different flexibility mechanisms in order to help the companies of industrialized countries to offset the excess of generated emissions.
What are the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM-UNFCCC)?
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) constitute one of the market-based mechanisms - emissions trading defined by UNFCCC. CDM are emission reduction investment programs promoted by organizations of industrialized countries implemented on developing countries. CDM projects are mainly applied to energy and waste treatment management industries of the host country, both public and private owned.
Once registered, CDM projects generate Certified Emission Reductions (CER’s), also known as carbon credits. A carbon credit is equivalent to one emitted tone of CO2. Carbon credits may be applied in the process of emission offsetting or can be commercialized in line with the current emission trading scheme. Every CDM project shall be validated by an independent entity accredited by the UNFCCC to ensure compliance with CDM requirements. Once the project has been registered, it shall be periodically verified to guarantee that the generated emission values are in line with the ones that were initially defined.Since 2010, Applus+ Certification is accredited by UNFCCC as an independent entity capable of performing the validation and verification process of CDM projects.
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Promotion and integration of advanced and clean energies in developing countries
- Guarantee that companies are working in line with the Kyoto Protocol.
- Guarantee the transparency and reliability of the global process of evaluation and registration.
- Encouragement of corporate social responsibility by promoting projects that foster social integration and are responsible with the environment.
Why with Applus+ Certification?
Applus+ Certification is an independent and renowned entity that aims to help organizations achieve their commitment to continuous improvement. We analyze the clients' needs so that our auditors, who are specialists in each field, perform a service that provides the maximum value evaluating your organization's compliance. Our teams develop specific certification plans according to our clients' structure, processes and activities. Our international presence, extensive product portfolio, and accreditations allow us to offer global and expert service, tailored to your organization's needs.
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