Role of the DOE

The role of the designated operational entity (DOE), therefore, is to validate project activities. To carry out the validation, the DOE must verify that the project meets certain the basic eligibility requirements, consult with stakeholders, and finally provide a request for registration to the Executive Board in the form of a validation report which includes the project design document (PDD).

3/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 40 sets out the role of the DOE in detail:

The designated operational entity shall:

a.      Prior to the submission of the validation report to the Executive Board, have received from the project participants written approval of voluntary participation from the designated national authority of each Party involved, including confirmation by the host Party that the project activity assists it in achieving sustainable development;

b.      In accordance with provisions on confidentiality contained in paragraph 27 (h) above, make publicly available the project design document;

c.        Receive, within 30 days, comments on the validation requirements from Parties, stakeholders and UNFCCC accredited non-governmental organizations and make them publicly available;

d.      After the deadline for receipt of comments, make a determination as to whether, on the basis of the information provided and taking into account the comments received, the project activity should be validated;

e.        Inform project participants of its determination on the validation of the project activity. Notification to the project participants will include:

                                             i.            Confirmation of validation and date of submission of the validation report to the Executive Board; or

                                            ii.            An explanation of reasons for non-acceptance if the project activity, as documented, is judged not to fulfil the requirements for validation;

f.        Submit to the Executive Board, if it determines the proposed project activity to be valid, a request for registration in the form of a validation report including the project design document, the written approval of the host Party as referred to in subparagraph (a) above, and an explanation of how it has taken due account of comments received;

g.       Make this validation report publicly available upon transmission to the Executive Board (3/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 40; previously 17/CP.7, Annex, paragraph 40).

DOEs must also, as set out in EB 51, Annex 3:

  1. Undertake voluntary pre-assessment of new baseline and monitoring methodologies in accordance with EB 21 report, paragraph 14;
  2. Identify and submit requests for deviation in accordance with the EB 49 report, annexes 26 and 27.

In relation to potential Type E+/E- policies which may apply to CDM project activities, the Executive Board has stated that DOEs should assess whether the tariff has been affected by any national and/or sectoral policy and, if so, whether this policy/policies are E+ or E- policies. (EB 53, Annex 32, paragraph 3)

When preparing validation reports, DOEs must follow the requirements outlined in the Validation and Verification Manual (VVM) in EB 51, Annex 3.

Related Topics

Designated operational entity (DOE)

Accreditation and designation of DOEs

Host Party (P)

Sustainable development


Designated national authority

What is registration? (P)

What is the CDM-PDD?

Role of the DOE (SSC)

Role of the DOE (A/R)

Role of the DOE (SSC A/R)

Role of the DOE (PoA)