Program Manuals and Policies

Program Manual

The Reserve Offset Program Manual summarizes the Reserve’s overarching principles, its general project accounting guidelines, and its rules and procedures for registering projects and creating offset credits. It also describes the process used by the Reserve to develop protocols for carbon offset projects.

Minor revisions were made to the October 2020 version that did not warrant a public comment period. A public comment period was last held September 3, 2019 to October 4, 2019 while the Reserve Offset Program Manual was undergoing substantial revisions.

Policy Memos

The Reserve may release policy memos that update or replace guidance in the Reserve Offset Program Manual, protocols, and other guidance documents. These memos are considered effective on the date they are posted on the Reserve website. All account holders and verification bodies will be notified if a policy memo is released.

Verification Program Manual

The Reserve Verification Program Manual provides verification bodies with a standardized approach for the independent and rigorous verification of GHG emission reductions and removals. It gives insight into the verification process, the requirements for conducting verification (like accreditation and training), conflict of interest and confidentiality provisions, and the expected core verification activities.

Verification Program Manual Revision
The Verification Program Manual is currently undergoing revision and will be available for public comment from November 30 – December 18, 2020. The draft Verification Program Manual, summary of changes, and redline version incorporating changes are available for review. Please submit written comments, preferably in MS Word format, to [email protected] by 6:00 pm PT on Friday, December 18, 2020.

Previous Versions of the Reserve Offset Program Manual and Verification Program Manual

Use the links below to access past versions of the Program Manual and Verification Program Manual:

Please contact the Reserve with questions or comments.