What is a DOE?
A Designated Operational Entity (DOE) is an independent auditor accredited by the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board (CDM EB) to validate project proposals or verify whether implemented projects have achieved planned greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Gold Standard projects must undergo validation and verification by a DOE. The list of UNFCCC accredited DOEs is located here.
For more information regarding the independent auditors qualified to certify Land Use & Forest projects, please click here.
How does The Gold Standard engage with DOEs?
The Gold Standard Foundation recognises the added value that DOEs can bring to a rigorous certification process, and therefore engages with them on a regular basis to ensure that individual auditors are up to speed on Gold Standard rules and procedures. In addition to offering regular Gold Standard trainings, The Gold Standard continually seeks input from experienced DOEs to ensure that our processes reflect what is happening on the ground. This two-way communication ensures relevant feedback into our processes and allows for the continuous improvement of our rules.
The Gold Standard fast-track process
In response to concerns expressed with regards to the timeline associated with the pre-feasibility assessment of retroactive project activities, the TAC has approved the revision of the ʻfast-trackingʼ process, previously available to Gold Standard experienced project proponents only, and to make it an available option for all submitted retroactive project activities (inc. those within PoAs) as long as the DOE contracted for validation complies with certain criteria ensuring validation or verification teams are familiar with The Gold Standard rules & procedures.
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The Gold Standard fast-track eligible auditors
The Gold Standard DOE training sessions
On the 23rd and 24th of January, 2013, The Gold Standard Foundation hosted two DOE webinars. The session were divided in to two sessions: a basic session and a specialised session.
The presentations from both sessions can be found below:
For more information or to register for any of the webinars scheduled for 2013, please contact Ivan Hernandez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful tools for DOEs
The LSC Review Checklist is a helpful tool which should be used during validation site visits: LSC Review Checklist
Based in Ankara, re-consult Ltd. is the first Turkish company to be accredited, in 2011, as a Designated Operational Entity by the UNFCCC and has an accreditation in sectoral scope 1 (Energy generation from renewable and non-renewable sources).
The re-consult team has successfully completed a significant amount of validation/verifications in Turkey, India, China and Saudi Arabia in both voluntary and compliance market and also has team members with expertise in South America and Africa.
Following the impartiality, openness and confidentiality principles, re-consult team operates under the vision of “Quality in Carbon Auditing” and continuously aims for reputation through excellence.Visit Site
The Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS) is the leader for certification and assessment services based entirely in Switzerland. SQS is a not-for-profit association that provides customized audit services to clients worldwide, in several industry and service sectors and for a wide range of international and national standards.Visit Site
Perry Johnson Registrars Carbon Emissions Services
PJRCES is an accredited DOE with UNFCCC and conducts validation and verification services for various mandatory and voluntary emission reduction programs including UNFCCC, VCS and Gold Standard. PJRCES ensures quality services by practicing impartiality, transparency and accuracy, satisfying our clients’ needs and ultimately leading to our contribution towards GHG emissions reductions.Visit Site
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KEMCO, the first Designated Operational Entity among non-Annex I countries, began its certification works in 2006, as an independent unit with full powers of operation in order to ensure reliability and impartiality. As CDM project activities are actively being carried out in developing countries and this world-wide trend is expected to grow steadily, inevitably, the role of KEMCO GHG Certification Office is also expected to increase to meet the demands of global CDM market.Visit Site
URS Verification Pvt. Ltd (URSV), a Global Company, is a member of Registrar of Standards (Holding) Ltd – ROS group and maintains highest value of reliability in its assessment process. URSV is a Designated Operational Entity (DOE) registered in India. The company’s management and staff are committed to excellence in the provision of impartial and competent DOE services covering CDM requirements, CDM validation and verification. URSV, a leading assessment and certification company, offers an integrated and seamless approach to the business of energy, environment and sustainable development, with its distinct arm for ‘Climate Change’.Visit Site
Carbon Check is the only Designated Operational Entity (DOE) registered on the African Continent. The company’s management and staff are committed to excellence in the provision of impartial and competent DOE services covering CDM requirements, CDM validation and verification, whilst also supported by openness, responsiveness and clearly defined responsibilities.Visit Site
ERM Certification and Verification Services (ERM CVS) is the independent certification and verification body of ERM Group, the world’s leading sustainability services provider. ERM CVS offers a fresh approach to validation and verification, providing a comprehensive range of high quality, independent services. Sustainability assessment is at the core of Gold Standard principles, and we draw upon the vast sustainability experience of ERM group, as well as our experience of auditing hundreds of emission reduction projects. ERM CVS verified the largest ever issuance of Gold Standard credits, and sponsored the latest edition of The Gold Standard toolkit.Visit Site
Applus+ is one of the world leading companies in Testing, Inspection and Certification. It has developed more than 100 CDM projects under multiple standards within China, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador and Nigeria. Additionally, we were the first DOE to request issuance for municipal solid waste (MSW) projects worldwide. Its accreditations, expert auditors and customer orientated service help organizations to meet the highest international standards of quality, environmental and social responsibility, as well as the most valued standards in their industrial sector.Visit Site
ICONTEC is the first Latin American entity accredited by the CDM Executive Board (UNFCCC) as an operational entity for the validation and verification of greenhouse gases within the framework of the Kyoto protocol. Additionally, ICONTEC offers services in voluntary markets: validation and verification of reduction projects, forest compensation certification programs, verification of greenhouse effect inventories and carbon footprint certification.Visit Site