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Call for consultation: New Gold Standard agricultural product processing methodology

The methodology “The Gold Standard suppressed demand small-scale methodology for energy use for processing of agricultural products” is now available for public comment on the PDF below.

The Gold Standard and the consortium of partners (NIRAS, Perspectives and SouthSouth North) under the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) programme, have developed a methodology targeted at project activities related to thermal and/or mechanical processing of agricultural products.

Due to a lack of infrastructure and access to energy, some processing facilities are unable to produce agricultural products to project service levels in a baseline situation. This methodology allows the project activities to claim emission reductions based on the amount of agricultural products processed in the project scenario. We seek your valuable input to ensure the methodology is conservative, easy to apply and widely applicable to project activities.

The deadline for comments is 30th March 2013 and all comments should be submitted to sriskandh@cdmgoldstandard.org. When providing comments please ensure you provide your name, organisation, country and email address. All feedback will be submitted to The Gold Standard Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for review, before the final version of the methodology is released.

METHODOLOGY ABSTRACT: 

The small-scale methodology is for projects that provide renewable energy for the purpose of processing agricultural products. The methodology incorporates suppressed demand elements and is applicable to projects that reduce up to 60,000 tCO2 per year. The methodology allows project activities to claim emission reductions based on project service levels which, because of prevailing suppressed demand conditions, would not have been possible to achieve in the baseline situation. The methodology allows for mechanical and thermal processing of the agri-products that would result in an increase in quality and/or quantity of products in relation to the baseline.

The Gold Standard suppressed demand small-scale methodology for energy use for processing of agricultural products

For more information regarding The Gold Standard Suppressed Demand Methodologies and consultation process, please click here.

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