Creating a new methodology using the CDM-NM form

Where a designated operational entity (DOE) determines that a project activity intends to use a new baseline or monitoring methodology, it must forward the proposed methodology together with the project design document (PDD) to the Executive Board for review:

If the designated operational entity determines that the project activity intends to use a new baseline or monitoring methodology, as referred to in paragraph 37 (e) (ii) above, it shall, prior to a submission for registration of this project activity, forward the proposed methodology, together with the draft project design document, including a description of the project and identification of the project participants, to the Executive Board for review (3/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 38).

Currently, the procedure for the creation and submission of a new methodology are contained in EB 52, Annex 9.

Project participants wishing to initiate the submission of a proposed new baseline and monitoring methodology will need to complete the following forms available on the UNFCCC CDM website and submit them to a DOE:

  • Proposed New Baseline and Monitoring Methodologies form (form CDM-NM); and
  • Project Design Document (CDM-PDD) with at least sections A to C (including relevant annexes) completed as draft, and providing an example of the application of the proposed new baseline and methodology (PNM).

The latest version of Proposed New Baseline and Monitoring Methodologies form (CDM-NM) (version 3) is contained in EB 38, Annex 6 (replacing version 2 in EB 32, Annex 17), and can be downloaded here. Guidelines on completing the form are set out in EB 41, Annex 12.

If an approved methodology already exists that is similar to the proposed methodology, the proponent must justify how the two differ:

In accordance with paragraph 38 of the CDM modalities and procedures and further guidance provided by the Board, a newly proposed methodology with a similar applicability as an already approved methodology, including a consolidated methodology, may be submitted for consideration of the Board at any time. Proponents need to provide justification on how such a methodology differs from an approved methodology and that its accuracy and completeness is comparable to that of the approved methodology (EB 15, paragraph 9).

Content of the CDM-NM

CDM-NM contains the following sections:

  • Section A. Recommendation by the Methodological Panel (to be completed by the Meth Panel)
  • Section B. Summary and applicability of the baseline and monitoring methodology
  • Section C. Proposed new baseline and monitoring methodology
  • Section D. Explanations / justifications to the proposed new baseline and monitoring methodology

Development of CDM-NM and related guidance

Version 3 of CDM-NM, contained in EB 38, Annex 6, replaces Version 1 in EB 32, Annex 17 and Version 1 in EB 24, Annex 17. At EB 24, the Executive Board agreed to combine the forms for proposing new baseline methodologies (CDM-NMB) and the form for proposing new monitoring methodologies (CDM-NMM) into a single form (CDM-NM). Earlier versions of CDM-NMB and CDM-NMM were contained in EB 20 Annex 4, EB 19 Annex 14 and EB 14 Annex 6, but these forms are no longer in use.

The current guidelines on completing CDM-NM (EB 41, Annex 12) replace earlier guidance in EB 24, Annex 16 and EB 25, Annex 16.

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