What is certification?
Certification is defined in the Glossary of CDM Terms as follows:
The written assurance by a DOE that, during a specified time period, a CDM project activity achieved the reductions in anthropogenic GHG emissions by sources, as verified (Glossary of CDM Terms v.6).
Certification is essentially the formal written confirmation by an independent auditor (being the designated operational entity) that the emission reductions which are set out in the verification report were actually achieved. The key elements of certification are:
- that it is a written assurance;
- confirming that a Programme of Activities (PoA) and each component project activity (CPA) achieved reductions in greenhouse gas emissions during a specific period (usually the verification period preceding certification); and
- performed by a designated operational entity (DOE).