Role of the coordinating/managing entity
The coordinating/managing entity (CME) is defined by the CDM Glossary (v.6) as:
An entity authorized by all participating host country DNAs involved in a particular PoA and nominated in the MoC statement as the entity that communicates with the Board and the secretariat, including on matters relating to the distribution of CERs, tCERs or lCERs, as applicable.
In short, the CME is responsible for proposing and overseeing the implementation of the Programme of Activities (PoA).
The CME is the key entity responsible for communicating with the Executive Board on matters relating to the PoA. As such, the CME must either by the sole or joint focal point for each area of communication (CDM Project Cycle Procedure, paragraph 30).
The CME is the key coordinating entity for the project participants in a PoA and has a number of responsibilities at different stages of the project cycle.
The CME has a number of general obligations, including:
- development of a PoA Design Document (CDM-POA-DD);
- development of the PoA-specific CDM CPA Design Document (CDM-CPA-DD);
- obtaining letters of approval for implementation of the PoA from each Hosty Party and Annex I Party involved in the PoA;
- obtaining letter of authorisation of its coordination of the PoA from each Host Party;
- submission of the above design documents to a DOE;
- during the life of the PoA, maintenance of all monitoring reports of all CPAs in accordance with record keeping systems outlined in the CDM-POA-DD;
- during verification, provision of all monitoring reports requested by the DOE; and
- submission of requests for forwarding of CERs issued in accordance with the Modalities of Communication as agreed between project participants (EB 47, Annex 29).
The Clean Development Mechanism Project Standard outlines a number of specific requirements that the CME is responsible for at the design stage. These include:
- Development of a framework for the implementation for the proposed CDM PoA and inclusion of component project activities (CPAs) under the PoA;
- Description of the policy/measure or stated goal that the proposed CDM PoA seeks to promote;
- Confirmation that the proposed CDM PoA is a voluntary action;
- Identification of:
- The CME
- Party(ies) involved in the proposed CDM PoA
- Project Participants;
- Definition of the boundary of the proposed CDM PoA in terms of geographical area within which all CPAs to be included in the PoA will be implemented;
- Description of a typical CPA with generic information applicable to all CPAs that will be included in the PoA;
- Definition of an actual CPA under the PoA;
- Establishment and description of the operational and management arrangements for the implementation of the proposed CDM PoA;
- Description of the monitoring plan that the CPA is required to apply;
- Development of eligibility criteria for the inclusion of a CPA under the PoA;
- The CME must also demonstrate the usability of the eligibility criteria to assess the inclusion of CPAs in the generic CDM-CPA-DD.
The CDM Project Standard also outlines a number of CME responsibilities at the registration stage. These include:
- Provision of means of identification of the CPAs, such as a geographic reference;
- Description of the CPAs, including the technology(ies) and/or measures to be used, to enable the identification of the project's scale and type;
- Demonstration of additionality and the application of the selected methodology(ies) and calculations of GHG emissions reductions or net GHG removals;
- Identification of the entity responsible for each CPA including contact details;
- Confirmation that the CPA is neither registered as a CDM project activity nor included in another registered PoA;
- Obtaining a letter of approval from the DNA of each Party involved in the proposed CDM PoA.
The CDM Project Standard also outlines a number of CME responsibilities that are ongoing during the life of the PoA. These include:
- Ongoing monitoring of the PoA in line with the CDM-POA-DD;
- Determination of the start date and expected operational lifetime of any CPAs that have been added to the PoA;
- Determination of the start date of the crediting period of any CPAs that have been added to the PoA.
The CDM Project Standard also outlines a number of CME responsibilities at the renewal of crediting period stage of a PoA. These include:
- Preparation of a new version of the CDM-PoA-DD including a new generic CPA-DD;
- Update the eligibility criteria for inclusion of CPAs as per the latest applicable version of methodology(ies) and include in the new DD;
- Engage a DOE to undertake a validation of the new PoA-DD and the new generic CPA-DD.
If the CME entity changes at any stage after the registration of the PoA, the new CME must:
- Obtain a new letter of authorization from each host Party confirming the authorization of the new CME;
- Provide confirmation that the registered PoA will be developed and implemented with the same framework as described in the POA-DD;
- Demonstrate compliance with the operational and management arrangements set out in the POA-DD;
- Submit the documentation referred to a DOE for validation.