Program Manuals and Policies

Program Manual Public Comment Period

The Climate Action Reserve has released a draft updated Program Manual for public review and comment. Changes include clarifying the process for renewing crediting periods; expanding options for projects seeking verification extensions; and documenting the process for avoiding double counting, accepting stakeholder input on projects, and interactions with other GHG programs. A redline version of the manual is available below, as well as a summary outlining significant changes from the September 2015 version of the Program Manual. Comments should be emailed to [email protected] by 6:00 pm PT on Friday, October 4, 2019.

The Reserve held a public webinar on September 19, 2019 reviewing the summary of changes. Please see the slides and webinar recording below:

  • Presentation slides
  • Webinar recording: (Please enter your name and email address below to access the webinar recording)

Program Manual

The Climate Action Reserve 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.

Policy Memos

The Reserve may release policy memos that update or replace guidance in the 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.