Electronics reconditioning and refurbishing
Eligible reconditioning projects avoid incineration of waste or complex recovery processes by renewing products, allowing them a second life while skipping the waste treatment process.
Specific criteria have to be validated in order for carbon credits to be issued for reconditioning processes.
Carbon credits eligibility criteria
Definition: The avoided/reduced emissions are quantitively and rigorously measured.
- Types of products that are reconditioned
- Weight of each type of product
- Project location
- Element proportion/ material composition of each product
- Input source of the project,
- proportion of each type of product in the total input
- Input percentage (%) per country/ location,
- Mode of transport used for each input
- Distance between the suppliers and the project site
- Different stages of the process
- Energy, water, chemical consumption data for each stage
- Actual functioning rate (%) from the entire inputs of the project
- How does the project treat the scrap? enter the collection and waste treatment as usual?
- What is the process line of the project?
- Does the project differentiate between reconditioning and refurbishing?
- For the inputs that enter the reconditioning phase, how much is the internal repair rate?
- Energy consumption for its different processes
- Management practices
- how and to where are the products distributed
Definition: The emission removal/avoidance has actually occurred, according to the monitoring plan.
General KIIs used in LCAs to show real removal and avoidance occurred are:
- Number of items sold by category
- Rate of input/output repackaging by category
- Average transport per item
These will be used for year-on-year verification.
Definition: The project activity would not have occurred without the sale of carbon credits.
- Proof that the money for the carbon credit sale will be used to extend an existing factory, buy a new product necessary for the company to scale, open a new factory branch…
- Are there any material improvements (in machinery, infrastructure…) you want to make on the site that could be funded from carbon credit sales?
- Are there any improvements in efficiency or environmental performance that you could implement with this funding?
- Carbon credits can help structure stay afloat
- How have changes in the cost of your inputs (electricity..ect…) increased over time?
- Compared to the expected costs, defined in the budget and planning for the project?
- How has the price that you sell your products for changed?
- Has it kept up with the increased cost of operation?
- Prove that the solution is currently far from being market practice.
- Show how additional fundings could help the product be more competitive - inputs are too expensive, prices too high…- in order to scale and be adopted more widely.
- Carbon credit money can be invested in new previously - unreachable technology for the project to scale
Definition: Carbon will be removed/avoided for at least 50 years, and the project outcomes will not be reversed.
Information needed: Not applicable as not removal project
Definition: Carbon credits are only counted once and are not double-issued or sold.
- Signed contract committing not to use another certification body or label to issue carbon credits for the given project.
- The project developer signed the Riverse Project Developer Contract for exclusivity on carbon credit issuance for the project.
Definition: Projects must provide additional positive impact towards environmental and social sustainability
Information needed: At least 2 UN Sustainable Development Goals have to be justified with LCA results or KIIs.
- Goal 8: “Decent work and economic growth”
- 8.4 resource efficiency in consumption and production
- KII: material footprint
- Goal 9: “Industry, innovation and infrastructure”
- 9.1: Develop sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructures
- 9.3 integrate small-scale industrial enterprises into value chains and markets
- KII: CO2 emitted in the combustion of fuels per m2 of biobased material produced
- Goal 11: “Sustainable cities and communities”
- 11.1 support economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas
- 11.3 Inclusive and sustainable urbanisation
- 11.6 Reduce the environmental impact of cities
- KII: tons of waste avoided per year
- Goal 12: “Responsable consumption and production”
- 12.2 Sustainable management and use of natural resources
- 12.5 reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
- KII: tons of raw material resources saved per year
Definition: The products/services generated as project outputs must appropriately, realistically, and efficiently be substituted to those of the baseline scenario, rather than create new demand.
The project has:
- Quality control to ensure that the reconditioned products function properly
- A warranty for refurbished devices
8. Environmental and social do not harm
Definition: Projects must not contribute to environmental or social damage.
- Is the reconditioning process done manually or automatically?
- Is there a presence of chemical products in the process?
- If yes, how are they treated?
- Does the reconditioning process use less energy or water compared to the new product process?
Definition: The project’s avoided GHG emissions must not be indirectly transferred elsewhere.
Information needed: Information about the origin of the products and where they are distributed
10. Rebound effect
Definition: Efficiency-improvement projects must not lead to increases in overall consumption.
- Is there any project strategy or commitment to supply local markets rather than long distance distribution?
- Does the project inform customers on how to prolong the use of products?
11. Technology readiness level
Definition: Technology Readiness Level must be 6 or higher.
Provide proof of technological progress and/or production capacities either in an operational environment or lab.