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arbcombo -- ARB APPLICATION FORMS FOR OFFSET PROJECT REGISTRIES, EARLY ACTION OFFSET PROGRAMS, OFFSET VERIFIERS, AND OFFSET VERIFICATION BODIES Posted: 03 May 2012 10:41:27
The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) has posted on its Cap-and-Trade Programís Compliance Offset Program webpage (http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/offsets/offsets.htm) application forms for approving Offset Project Registries and Early Action Offset Programs and accrediting offset verifiers and offset verification bodies BACKGROUND: The California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms Regulation was adopted by the California Air Resources Board in October of 2011 and formally went into effect January 1, 2012. Subarticles 13 and 14 of the regulation describe the compliance offset program and the approval of Early Action Offset Credits. Included in these sections is a requirement for third-party verification of all GHG emission reductions and GHG removal enhancements before any ARB offset credits may be issued. Only ARB accredited offset verifiers and verification bodies may provide offset verification services under the compliance offset program. Accordingly, ARB has established a program to accredit offset verifiers and verification bodies that meet the regulationís requirements. To assist ARB in administering the compliance offset program, these sections also include procedures for ARB to approve Offset Project Registries and Early Action Offset Programs. These new forms are designed to facilitate interested individuals and entities in becoming accredited or approved. To become an accredited offset verifier, the applicant must submit a completed Verifier Application to ARB along with the required documentation. To become an accredited offset verification body, an interested entity must submit a completed Verification Body Application to ARB along with the required documentation. To become an approved Offset Project Registry, an interested entity must submit a completed Offset Project Registry Application to ARB along with the required documentation. If the Registry applicant also wishes to become an approved Early Action Offset Program, it must make one additional attestation in Part IV of the Offset Project Registry Application. Once the verifier and Offset Project Registry applications have been reviewed by ARB and determined to have the potential to meet the minimum qualifications listed in the regulation, the verifier applicant or registry staff will be notified of the dates and locations of ARB approved training courses. Upon meeting the minimum qualifications listed in the regulation the Executive Officer may accredit the offset verifiers and offset verification body applicants and approve the Offset Project Registry and Early Action Offset Program applicants. For more information on the Compliance Offset Program, please visit this webpage: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/offsets/offsets.htm For any questions regarding the application forms, please contact Stephen Shelby in ARBís Climate Change Program Evaluation Branch at (916) 327-8228. You are receiving this single arbcombo email because you are a subscriber to or have made a public comment to one or more of the following lists: capandtrade, cc, ghg-rep, ghg-ver.