Registration and Issuance Team

The Registration and Issuance Team (RIT) is established to assist the Executive Board to consider requests for registration of project activities and requests for issuance of CERs submitted to the Executive Board by designated operational entities (DOEs) (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 1).

The RIT operates under the guidance of the Executive Board (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 6). The secretariat reports periodically to the Executive Board regarding the operation of the RIT and the performance of its members (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 16).

The terms of reference and procedures for the RIT are contained in EB 29, Annex 14. This is version 5.1 of the procedures and replaces earlier guidance in EB 22 Annex 19, EB 23 Annex 34, EB 24 Annex 27 and EB 25 Annex 43.

Role of the RIT

The functions of the RIT are as follows:

The RIT, serves the following purpose of assisting the Executive Board in its task referred to in Paragraph 1 above, by:

  1. To prepare appraisals of requests for registration submitted by DOEs (including submissions received from project proponents and DOEs in response to request for review) assessing whether the validation requirements are met and/or appropriately dealt with by DOEs;
  2. To prepare appraisals of requests for issuance of CERs submitted by DOEs (including submissions received from project proponents and DOEs in response to request for review) assessing whether the verification and certification requirements are met and/or appropriately dealt with by DOEs; and
  3. To prepare appraisals of requests submitted to the Board under any other procedure established by the Board requiring input from the RIT; and
  4. To include in the above assessments any policy issues of significant importance raised by the request for registration or issuance, for consideration by the Board (EB 59, Annex 13, paragraph 5.)

Each appraisal of a request for registration or issuance is prepared by one member of the RIT (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 9).

Composition and eligibility

The RIT is composed of a minimum of 20 members (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 7).

Applicants for the RIT are selected by the Executive Board based on applications to a public call for experts posted on the UNFCCC website, from a shortlist compiled by the secretariat. Selection will take into account the principle of regional balance (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 14).

The secretariat shall select an RIT member for a particular project taking into account the sectoral scope of the project activity to be assessed. The RIT member shall provide a declaration that she/he does not have a conflict of interest within 2 days of receiving the notification of appointment and prior to commencing the services (EB 59, Annex 13, paragraph 5).

Applicants must also:

  1. Demonstrate relevant working experience of at least four years on methodological issues and/or monitoring and verification related to project-based mechanisms;
  2. Demonstrate technical/scientific expertise, inter alia through publications, in at least one of the following areas:
    1. Baseline and/or monitoring methodologies; or
    2. Project activity implementation, including monitoring and verification;
  3. Have excellent drafting skills, strong operational and analytical skills, and ability to work as a member of a team; and
  4. Have an advanced university degree in economics, energy, social, environmental studies, natural sciences, engineering, development studies, or any related discipline ( EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 13)

Members must also be frequently available to undertake appraisals of requests for registration and issuance and participate in electronic discussions (e-mail and/or phone) ( EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 11(a)).

In undertaking services for the Board the RIT member shall:

  1. Use electronic means of communication in the carrying out of their assessment;
  2. Ensure that the assessment is prepared to the requisite level of quality with all due care, skill and diligence within the timeframe specified;
  3. Treat with strict confidentiality any of the information which is not public that she/he receives in the context of undertaking services for the Board.

In assessing requests submitted to the Board the RIT shall be governed by the latest version of the template relevant to the procedures.

If the procedure require the preparation of appraisal by a team of RIT, and in a team one member appointed as a Lead, the following shall apply:

  1. The Team Lead will be responsible for leading the substantive drafting of the RIT Team assessment, undertaking all communications with the secretariat relating to the assessment and ensuring its submission to the Board via the secretariat no later tat he deadlines set by the procedures.
  2. The Team Member(s) will be responsible for assisting the Team Lead by providing substantive inputs in the drafting of the assessment.

Payment of members

RIT members are paid USD 400 per service (EB 59, Annex 13, paragraph 14). For each appraisal task, if the appraisal is delivered in good quality and on time, the equivalent of one daily fee is paid to the member (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 19). Notwithstanding this provision, an RIT Team Leader will be compensated with a 1.5 day fee (USD 600) per service provided in that capacity. However, in order to reduce transaction costs, each member shall be paid in the quarter following the quarter during which the services were completed. For purposes of this paragraph, a "quarter" means the calendar quarters ending on 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

Quality issues

Members of the RIT must:

  • Prepare appraisals in good quality and on time;
  • Treat all information with strict confidentiality;
  • Declare all conflicts of interest; and
  • Be available to participate in review teams ( EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 12).

If issues arise as to the quality of appraisals or fee payment, they will be dealt with by the Chair of the Executive Board (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 17).

Preparing an appraisal of a request for registration

Assignment of task

When a request for registration is made, the secretariat identifies the RIT member who is to be assigned the task, taking into account the sectoral scope of the project activity to be appraised and the expertise of RIT members (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 21).

The member assigned is then informed, and within 2 days must indicate whether they have a conflict of interest. If a conflict of interest is identified, another member will be assigned to perform the appraisal (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 22).

Content of an appraisal

The appraisal must indicate whether validation requirements have been met and/or appropriately dealt with by the DOE, and provide reasons if these conditions are not fulfilled. The appraisal must also cover whether additional guidance/clarification/revisions could avoid re-occurrence of the issues identified. The appraisal should assess in particular the application of the baseline and monitoring methodology, additionality, and determination of baseline. (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 23)

The appraisal must be prepared using the Appraisal of registration requests form (F-CDM-REGappr) (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 24).

Finalising the appraisal

On the basis of the appraisal, the secretariat prepares a summary note of the request for registration and forwards this note together with the member's appraisal to the Executive Board within 10 days (5 days for small-scale projects) (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 25). The Executive Board will then consider the request for registration and make its decision.

Preparing an appraisal of a request for issuance

Assignment of task

When a request for issuance is made, the secretariat identifies the RIT member who is to be assigned the task, taking into account the sectoral scope of the project activity to be appraised and the expertise of RIT members (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 27).

The member assigned is then informed, and within 1 day must indicate whether they have a conflict of interest. If a conflict of interest is identified, another member will be assigned to perform the appraisal (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 28).

Content of an appraisal

The appraisal must indicate whether verification and certification requirements requirements have been met and/or appropriately dealt with by the DOE, and provide reasons if these conditions are not fulfilled. The appraisal must also cover whether additional guidance/clarification/revisions could avoid re-occurrence of the issues identified. The appraisal should assess in particular the application of both the monitoring methodology and the monitoring plan. (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 29)

The appraisal must be prepared using the 'Appraisal of registration requests' form and must be submitted within 6 days (F-CDM-ISSappr) (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 24).

Finalising the appraisal

On the basis of the appraisal, the secretariat prepares a summary note of the request for issuance and forwards this note together with the member's appraisal to the Executive Board within 3 days (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 32). The Executive Board will then consider the request for registration and make its decision.

Input to requests for review

If a request for review is made and is placed Under Review by the Executive Board, the lead member of the review team may decide to seek the input of a member of the RIT. If sought, such input must be delivered within 2 working days (EB 29, Annex 14, paragraph 35-36).

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