Propose a Project

Project proponents are invited to submit their projects for evaluation and registration under the Registry Standard. To register for evaluation, projects must conform to legal requirements and fall within an approved project category, either existing or new.

To earn credits, projects must be evaluated in conformance with the SCS Global Registry Standard and applicable Project Category Rule (PCR). If there is no relevant PCR, an organization may elect to sponsor the development of a new Project Category Rule.

Credits can be offered for pre-sale once the project’s radiative forcing (RF) reduction potential has been validated. Credits can be sold and retired once the project's actual RF reduction achievements have been verified by an approved third party.

A Note on Additionality and Leakage
To be credible, the credits you generate must be determined to be "additional" – that is, represent RF reductions that would not otherwise have occurred without the project. The validation and verification process confirms this fact, and determines whether any changes on the ground reduce actual verified levels of RF reduction achieved, known as "leakage."

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    1. Online Application

    Tell us about yourself. Please provide basic information on the short on-line application form to get the process started. If your project does not fall within a category with an approved Project Category Rule (PCR), click here to learn how to develop a new PCR.

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    2. Review Manual and Agreement

    Review the Project Proponent Manual, which explains the process, then review and sign the Registry Service Agreement.

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    3. Submit Project Plan

    Develop your Project Plan, using the Project Plan Template, in which you describe the proposed project activities, the baseline and project scenarios, the anticipated climate benefits, and any expected co-benefits or trade-offs.

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    4. Select Validation/Verification Body

    Choose an approved Validation and Verification Body to conduct the third-party project validation and verification steps below.

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    5. Complete Project Validation

    Undergo third-party project validation assessment by the VVB, then upload your VVB’s completed Validation Report.

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    6. Launch Project

    Undertake your project consistent with validated Project Plan. A project page is published on the Registry website, and the Project Proponent can begin seeking climate financing through pre-sales of validated credits (in Estimated Radiative Forcing Units, “ERFUs”).

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    7. Complete Project Verification

    Undergo third-party project verification assessment by VVB, then upload your VVB’s completed Verification Report.

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    8. Issue Credits

    List credits on the Registry Portal, suitable for marketing purposes. Credits are listed in Verified Radiative Forcing Units (VRFUs).

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    9. Monitor and Report

    Continue to monitor the project to ensure that it conforms to the validated Project Plan and verified results, or that any deviations are identified and addressed as needed, as confirmed by the VVB.