Standard Documentation

Standard Rules

We are pleased to announce that the most up-to-date version of the Standard Rules we're currently following is Version 5.2. This iteration represents our continued commitment to enhancing the scientific basis and transparency of the certification process.

By consistently updating our rules, we aim to ensure the highest integrity for projects under our purview.

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As always, we are deeply appreciative of the community's feedback and collaboration. We aim to ensure that the Riverse Standard remains compliant with the highest requirements of integrity and quality that are being set in the voluntary carbon market.

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Public consultations

Biobased Construction Materials Methodology V2.0

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Riverse is excited to launch a public consultation for the Biobased Construction Materials methodology!

1 - About the consultation

As part of our continued commitment to ensure the highest integrity of certified projects, we are looking to gather some feedback on our methodology focused on projects producing construction materials derived from renewable biological resources.

The second version of our methodology includes several changes:

  • Biobased building construction is now an eligible technology type
  • Terminology alignment with ISO standards and streamlined documentation to align with our Standard Rules
  • Risk assessment template for permanence and environmental and social do no harm added
  • Detailed equations and parameters for the calculation of GHG reductions added
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The consultation will be held until March 1st, 2024 to give time to review the documentation and send us some feedback.

We will host a Webinar session on Feb 15th at 11:30 AM CET for a presentation and a Q&A session.
You can register on this link : https://lu.ma/tdpoes90

The results of the public consultation will be available on our website and will include the comments collected and answers from the Riverse Climate team.

2 - Collection of feedback

We seek to obtain feedback from stakeholders that can help us ensure we stay aligned with the most stringent requirements of integrity and quality in the voluntary carbon market.

How to enter your feedback :

By filling out the form you will receive the link to the document via email. You will be able to write comments directly there.

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You can create a copy from this template to gather your feedback and send it back to climate@riverse.io

There are currently no open public consultations.

Would you like to be notified of future consultations? Please contact us.

Public consultations, when held, are open for a minimum of 30 days. All relevant details can be accessed on our website, and the results of these consultations are displayed on the designated page.

Historical Versions of the Standard Rules:

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Main updates

October 2023

  • Restructure standard documentation to move all procedures to “Procedure Manual”
  • Revised Environmental and social do no harm assessment method
  • Baseline choice approach to be based on WBCSD
  • Introduction of new appendix on Ramp up effects

June 2023

  • Clarification of the text on multidecadal monitoring
  • Permanence risk assessment introduced

May 2023

  • Restructure all eligibility criteria under 14 distinct criteria
  • Added section on General LCA methodology
  • Introduction of Key Impact Indicators in verification mechanism
  • Revised rules of buffer and provision pool

    September 2022

    • In-depth eligibility criteria and project requirements have been established, including Technology Readiness Level (TRL), Rebound effects, Leakage, and the "Do no harm" principle.
    • A new "provision fund" has been introduced.
    • Provided more a detailed procedure regarding Validation and Verification Body (VVB) audits.

    2021-2022

    These represent the historical methodology used in the Riverse Standard. Projects that were initially certified under these earlier versions have undergone a re-evaluation to ensure they meet the criteria of the program's most current version.

    Previous public consultations documentation:

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    Description

    May 2023

    Comments collected during the Public consultation for the V5 of the Riverse Standard Rules - and answers from the Riverse Standard team

    May 2023

    Webinar presentation to introduce the Public Consultation for Riverse Standard Rules V5

    Methodologies

    The Riverse standard issues science-driven credits, signifying genuine CO2 that has either been prevented from entering or actively removed from the atmosphere. Beyond CO2 mitigation, we also ensure that projects deliver additional positive environmental and social impacts, without instigating any adverse effects. Our validation process mandates a scientific evaluation and quantification of the carbon reductions, from cradle-to-grave.

    By updating and sharing our methodologies, we aim to ensure the highest integrity for projects.

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    This methodology covers projects producing biogas through anaerobic digestion. Most projects here use agricultural waste as a main input. This offers a low-impact energy alternative to fossil fuels, and allows for the circular use of agri-food waste.
    (Current version: v2.2)

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    This methodology, tailored to processes including pyrolysis and gasification, focuses on projects creating energy while simultaneously sequestering carbon in biochar (or bio-oil). Projects are usually optimized for producing one or the other, and either setup is eligible.
    (Current version: v1.0)

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    Addressing the mounting e-waste challenge, this methodology emphasizes projects reconditioning and refurbishing electronic devices. By giving devices a second life, we avoid the production of a new device, and reduce potentially harmful e-waste.
    (Current version: v1.2)

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    This methodology focuses on projects producing construction materials derived from renewable biological resources. Accounting for full life cycle emissions and biogenic carbon storage, it guides projects on precise removal calculations.
    (Current version: v1.1)

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    Methodology under development - to be published

    Standard reference documents

    Procedures

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    October 2023

    This manual describes the rules and procedures for registering and operating Riverse projects and issuing Riverse Carbon Credits (RCC).
    It should be used together with the latest versions of the Riverse Standard Rules, Sector-specific Methodologies, and Validation and Verification Body Requirements
    (Current version: v1.0)

    October 2023

    Standard revision procedure diagram

    October 2023

    Methodology creation procedure diagram

    October 2023

    The aim of this document is to present guidelines for Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs) for conducting comprehensive evaluations of greenhouse gas emission avoidance and/or removals of project developers under the Riverse Standard. This document delineates the standards and procedures necessary for ensuring compliance with the Riverse Standard Rules.

    Procedure templates

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    October 2023

    Detailed Project Description

    October 2023

    Annual monitoring report

    October 2023

    Stakeholder consultation letter

    October 2023

    Methodology creation proposal

    October 2023

    Additionality sheet

    Disputes and grievances

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    Template for the Conflict of Interest (COI) policy signed by Riverse Standard and Riverse Ecosystem members subject to COI, to ensure all new members respect Riverse’s independence

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    The Complaints and Appeals Policy ensures fair and transparent procedures for addressing grievances and contesting decisions related to carbon credit certification, fostering trust and accountability in the certification process.

    Terms of reference

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    Terms of Reference for the Riverse Standard Advisory Board

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    Terms of Reference for the Riverse Technical Advisory Committee

    KYC & Fees

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    The KYC policy ensures rigorous identity verification of all participants in carbon credit transactions, maintaining legal compliance and safeguarding against fraud and financial risks.

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    Overview of certification and credit issuance fees associated with the Riverse Standard and Tech Infrastructure.

    Validation and Verification Bodies

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    Guidelines outlining the criteria and process for VVB accreditation under the Riverse Standard.

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    Application form for entities seeking accreditation as VVBs under the Riverse Standard.

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    The aim of this document is to present guidelines for Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs) for conducting comprehensive evaluations of greenhouse gas emission avoidance and/or removals of project developers under the Riverse Standard. This document delineates the standards and procedures necessary for ensuring compliance with the Riverse Standard Rules.

    Current list of Riverse-accredited VVB

    Verifavia

    KPMG

    Finexfi

    RSM FRANCE

    Current list of Riverse-accredited VVB (nov 2023)