Estimation of Emissions and Removals
All projects that generate Plan Vivo certificates (PVCs) must include a credible and conservative estimate of the climate benefits expected during the period covered by the project intervention. These are estimated by comparing emissions and removals under the baseline scenario, with the emissions and removals without project intervention.
If there is the potential for an increase in emissions, or reduction in removals outside the project area, this leakage must also be subtracted from the expected climate benefits.
The following should be included in your Project Design Document (PDD):
- A summary of carbon pools and emission sources for which emissions and removals are estimated
- A description of the approved approaches used to estimate emissions and removals under the baseline scenario and project intervention, including emissions from leakage
- A full description of all data sources and assumptions used to create the estimate, and a justification on why they are appropriate.
- An assessment of the uncertainty of estimated emissions and removals
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