The Plan Vivo Standard required the use of approved approaches for estimating emissions and removals from the baseline scenario, and project intervention, and for emissions from leakage.
If a suitable approved approach is not available, projects can develop or adopt their own approaches for estimating emissions and removals, and submit them to the Plan Vivo Foundation for approval. This can be done in the relevant sections of the PDD or separately.
Plan Vivo projects are encouraged to make use of simple, low cost approaches where possible, although other methodologies can be considered.
Approved approaches should include clear applicability criteria, describing the conditions under which the approach can be used. When using an approved approach to estimate emissions and removals, care should be taken to ensure that the project area, baseline scenario and project intervention meet all of the identified applicability criteria.
The following approaches and tools have been approved for use by Plan Vivo projects that meet the specified applicability requirements.
A full list of approved approaches and a template that should be used when submitting new approaches, within the Plan Vivo Guidance and Resources PDF.
Download the full Plan Vivo Guidance and Resources PDF here.