UPDATED 11 July 2023

media release

Consultations launched about Digital Verification and Methodologies in the Carbon Market

13 Dec 2022
Geneva, Switzerland
Released by
ClimateCHECK, Gold Standard and IOTA Foundation
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ClimateCHECK, Gold Standard and IOTA Foundation have today launched consultations on two draft proposals about the digital transformation of the Carbon Market: a white paper on digitising verification, and draft guidance on digitising methodologies. Both are open for consultation until 27 January 2023.

The papers, released today for consultation are outputs of a ‘Digital Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (DMRV)’ working group led by ClimateCHECK, which aims to increase efficiency, utility and coherence of emissions accounting, and particularly for emission reduction credits, and to inform how to upgrade and digitise quantification methodologies as well as verification processes and systems. The digital evolution of the Carbon Markets aims to improve data quality, improve accessibility and resource mobilisation, and lower transaction costs for those delivering climate and development impact on the ground.

The two papers published today are:

  • Consultation The White Paper on Digitising Verification for Climate MarketsThe White Paper on Digitising Verification for Climate Markets, which maps the current relevant standards, initiatives and resources for digital verification, and outlines the next steps to develop guidance and resources to advance effective digital verification in the carbon market. It identifies several potential scenarios for future digitisation. Stakeholders are asked to provide feedback on this white paper using the survey.
  • Consultation The Draft General Guidance for Digitising MethodologiesThe Draft General Guidance for Digitising Methodologies, which outlines processes for methodology developers to specify digital requirements in GHG methodologies within an overall framework and system for digital MRV. Stakeholders are asked to provide feedback on the guidance using the survey Feedback Survey form.

Much of the project development, Measurement Reporting and Verification (MRV), and certification processes in the Carbon Market are currently manual, fragmented, and in some cases complex, limiting access to a small number of market participants, mostly in the Western world. Digital transformation is necessary to achieve the increases in speed and reduction in complexity the market needs. This can only be achieved by actors from across the carbon market working together.

Gold Standard, IOTA Foundation and ClimateCHECK are working together in an Open Collaboration aimed at improving the supply side, demand side, and interoperability of the carbon market. In August 2022 they launched three working groups consisting of a broad range of stakeholders including market participants, technical experts and sustainability leaders to address these challenges and develop outputs for the public good. The Open Collaboration is supported by Google Charitable Giving.

This consultation was originally open until 20 January 2023 but has since been extended until 27 January 2023. 

About IOTA Foundation

The IOTA Foundation (www.iota.org) is a global non-profit foundation that develops next-generation decentralized technologies for a new digital economy in a connected world. It redesigns the way people and devices connect to share information and value, removing middlemen. The Foundation collaborates with a global ecosystem and partners to research and develop technologies that deliver sustainable, real-world impact. Together, they are shaping a new digital economy, removing unnecessary friction and unlocking human potential.  At the heart of the Foundation's mission is the Tangle, its open, feeless and highly scalable distributed ledger. Designed to support frictionless value and data transfer, the Tangle is a DLT infrastructure for Web3 applications and digital economies. Unlike blockchain alternatives, the Tangle allows transactions to be added in parallel; it also boasts low resource requirements, as well as zero-fee and fast transactions with finality within seconds. The IOTA token is the native currency on the IOTA network. It is used to transfer value and data and enable feeless micro-payments.


About ClimateCHECK 

ClimateCHECK (www.climate-check.com, @climatecheck) was launched in 2007 to advance the state of the art for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) and has since delivered innovative solutions for climate change and sustainability to over 400 organizations in over 50 countries. ClimateCHECK’s track record involves co-founding leading organizations including the GHG Management Institute, Xpansiv, and the Climate Chain Coalition. ClimateCHECK and IOTA co-developed the innovative DigitalMRV solution to generate trusted data-driven value for climate change and sustainability stakeholders.   


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