Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel)
The Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) advises the Executive Board on a range of issues relating to baseline and monitoring methodologies.
The Meth Panel was established by the Executive Board at EB 3:
The board agreed to establish the panel which is to develop recommendations to the board on guidelines for methodologies for baselines and monitoring plans (Meth Panel) ... (EB 3, paragraph 13).
Terms of reference for the Meth Panel were developed in June 2002, but Version 01 was not annexed to any Executive Board meeting report and is now unavailable. References to the early terms of reference are made in early Executive Board reports, including, for example, EB 4:
The board agreed that the terms of reference of the Meth Panel should be expanded to include the consideration of proposed new methodologies for baseline and monitoring plans, in accordance with paragraph 38 of the M&P (EB 4, paragraph 11).
The current version of the terms of reference is Version 6, adopted by the Executive Board at EB 46, Annex 12, which replaces earlier (published) terms of reference in EB 24, Annex 18, EB 23, Annex 4 and EB 30, Annex 3.
Role and functions
The role of the Meth Panel includes:
- Advising on proposals for new baseline and monitoring methodologies;
- Selecting experts to undertake desk reviews;
- Advising on options to expand the applicability of methodologies;
- Creating tools to assist project participants to choose appropriate methodologies; and
- Revising the sections of the project design document (PDD) relating to baselines and monitoring.
The functions of the Meth Panel are set out in full in EB 46, Annex 12:
- The Meth Panel, in accordance with current procedures for submission and consideration of a proposed new methodology, revision to approved methodologies and queries regarding the application of approved methodologies and methodological tools as well as guidance by the Executive Board, shall, with the assistance of the secretariat:
- Prepare recommendations on submitted proposals for new baseline and monitoring methodologies;
- Prepare draft reformatted versions of proposed new baseline and monitoring methodologies to be considered by the Board;
- Prepare draft responses to requests for revision to approved methodologies and requests for clarification on the application of approved methodologies and methodological tools;
- Prepare draft revisions to approved methodologies;
- Develop and revise, as appropriate, methodological tools to promote consistency of methodological approaches and ease of application of approved methodologies;
- Develop guidance on methodological issues for consideration by the Executive Board;
- Provide advice on requests for deviation from approved methodologies and monitoring plans as well as methodological aspects of requests for registration of project activities and requests for issuance of Certified Emission Reductions as requested by the Executive Board;
- Assist the Executive Board in implementing decisions of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol as relate to methodological issues and additionality;
- Prepare recommendations on options for expanding the applicability of methodologies and provide tools for project participants to choose among approved methodologies of a similar nature;
- Maintain a roster of experts and select experts who are to undertake desk reviews to appraise the validity of a proposed new methodology.
- The Meth panel shall elaborate, with the assistance of the secretariat, precise and workable recommendations for consideration and adoption by the Executive Board, as appropriate, on, inter alia:
- Revisions to the project design document, in particular on sections relevant to baseline and monitoring;
- Draft "decision trees, and other methodological tools, where appropriate, to guide choices in order to ensure that the most appropriate methodologies are selected, taking into account relevant circumstances" (in accordance with paragraph (b) (iv) of Appendix C of the CDM modalities and procedures);
- Guidance on identified modalities and procedures contained in the annex to decision 3/CMP.1 with a view to facilitating the development of project-based methodologies by project participants. Such modalities and procedures shall be identified by the panel and addressed in accordance with guidance provided by the Executive Board;
- Further work on items identified in Appendix C of the CDM modalities and procedures, as appropriate;
The Meth Panel is comprised of 16 members, selected by the Executive Board:
The Board agreed to launch a public call for experts to increase the membership of the Meth Panel to sixteen members, by appointing one more member (EB 33, paragraph 34). The Executive Board will launch a call for experts on an annual basis in order to replace outgoing members of the Meth Panel (EB 46, Annex 12, paragraph 1).
A complete list of the first panel members is set out in EB 4, Annex 1 (EB 4, paragraph 10). Updated lists were set out in EB 14, Annex 1 and EB 19, Annex 9.
Two of the members of the Meth Panel serve as the Chair and Vice Chair:
Two members of the Executive Board will act as Chair and vice Chair of the panel, respectively. In addition to the designated Executive Board members who act as Chair and Vice-Chair, the panel shall be composed of fifteen members. (EB 23, Annex 14, paragraph 5).
In addition to the requirements contained in the general guidelines for panels, a member of the Meth Panel must meet the following competence requirements:
- Demonstrate relevant working experience, of at least three years on methodological issues related to project-based mechanisms;
- Demonstrate technical/scientific expertise, inter alia through publications, in at least one of the following areas:
- Baseline and/or monitoring methodologies;
- Project activity implementation, including monitoring and verification;
- Have excellent drafting skills, strong operational and analytical skills, and ability to work as a member of a team;
- Have an advanced university degree in economics, energy, social, environmental studies, natural sciences, engineering, development studies, or any related discipline.
- Demonstrate technical experience, inter alia, through the following:
- Application of baseline and/or monitoring methodologies;
- Development of the Project Design Documents.
- Other relevant national/international experience (EB 46, Annex 12, paragraph 8).
Term of service
Members of the Meth Panel serve a one year term, and may re-apply for a further term:
The term of a member of the Meth Panel shall be one year and a member may re-apply for further terms (EB 46, Annex 12, paragraph 9).
The original terms of reference (EB 14, Annex 8) provided that members were permitted to serve a 2-year term, but this was shortened in the revised terms of reference (EB 46, Annex 12).
Members may be suspended for failure to fulfill their duties:
The Chair of the Meth Panel may recommend to the Executive Board to suspend the membership of a member for cause including, inter alia, being in breach of the conflict of interest provisions or the confidentiality provisions, failing to attend two consecutive meetings of the Meth Panel without proper justification or not fulfilling the duties of a panel member, in particular not providing work inputs in good quality and on time (EB 46, Annex 12, paragraph 10).
Modalities of work
The Meth Panel operates under the guidance of the Executive Board:
The Meth Panel shall operate under the guidance of the Executive Board. The mandate of the Meth Panel is determined by these terms of reference, general guidelines for panels of the Executive Board, the rules of procedure of the Executive Board (in particular section VII on committees, panels and working groups) and additional guidance provided by the Executive Board (EB 46, Annex 12, paragraph 4).
The frequency of meetings of the Meth Panel is determined by the Chair and Vice Chair:
The frequency of Meth Panel meetings shall be determined by the Chair and vice Chair of the Meth Panel, bearing in mind needs arising from the relevant current procedures and resources available (EB 46, Annex 12, paragraph 6).
Meth Panel members are required to attend and contribute to meetings and prepare inputs as required:
A Meth Panel member shall:
- Attend and contribute to each meeting of the Meth Panel. If a member is unable to attend a meeting he or she shall inform the Chair of the Meth Panel, through the secretariat, at least two weeks before the meeting;
- Prepare the agreed substantive inputs on general methodological matters requested by the Meth Panel in good quality and on time;
- In support of the preparation of recommendations by the Meth Panel on proposed new methodologies and, in accordance with relevant current procedures for submission and consideration of a proposed new methodology (version 04) and subject to an "independent agreement" with the UNFCCC Secretariat, perform the following tasks in good quality and on time:
- On the basis of draft recommendations prepared by the secretariat, under a stipulated deadline and under the guidance of the Chair of the Meth Panel, provide inputs and finalize, as appropriate, draft recommendations on proposed new methodologies, draft responses to requests for revision to approved methodologies, draft responses to requests for clarification on the application of approved methodologies and methodological tools as well as other methodological inputs for review by the Meth Panel;
- Develop, or provide contribution to the development, of methodological tools and draft guidance on methodological issues as requested by the Executive Board;
- Proactively seek solutions to identified problems in proposed new methodologies and make proposals for improvement of approved methodologies and methodological tools for consideration by the Executive Board;
- Identify areas where additional guidance and/or new methodological tools are required for consideration by the Executive Board;
- Review applications and make recommendations to the Meth Panel to include experts in the roster of experts to undertake desk reviews;
- Make proposals to the Chair of the Meth Panel on the selection of experts from the roster to undertake the desk reviews of proposed new baseline and monitoring methodologies; and
- Review draft reformatted versions of proposed new methodologies prepared by the secretariat and make recommendations on this reformatted methodologies for final approval by the Executive Board (EB 46, Annex 12, paragraph 7).
Members of the Meth Panel are paid fees for attending meetings:
... members of the Meth Panel shall be paid fees for attending meetings of the Meth Panel, in accordance with the United Nations rules and regulations (EB 4, paragraph 11(d)).
In accordance with UN rules and regulations, subject to fulfillment of conditions in an "independent agreement" with the secretariat, and in accordance with the procedures for submission and consideration of a proposed new methodology (version 10), members will be compensated for work undertaken (EB 14, Annex 8, paragraph 13).
The "independent agreement" is negotiated with the Board and sets out the tasks, rights and obligations of Meth Panel members:
An "independent agreement" with the Executive Board, through the secretariat, which specifies tasks, rights and obligations and establishes that the responsibility for assessing the work undertaken by the member is assumed by the Chair of the Meth Panel on behalf of the Executive Board (EB 46, Annex 12, footnote 1).
The travel and other costs of members are also covered:
Travel costs and daily subsistence allowance will be paid to Meth Panel attending a meeting of the Meth Panel in accordance with UN rules and regulations (EB 14, Annex 8, paragraph 12).