Ozone Depleting Substances Protocols (U.S. and Article 5)

The United States Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Protocol and the Article 5 Ozone Depleting Substances Protocol provide a standardized approach for quantifying and monitoring the GHG reductions from projects that destroy ODS with high global warming potentials that would have otherwise been vented to the atmosphere. These protocols were first adopted by the Reserve Board in February 2010.

Version 1.0  of the U.S. Ozone Depleting Substances Protocol was approved by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and credits issued under these versions are eligible to be Early Action Offset Credits.  In June 2013, ARB published a notice on its website regarding early action project guidance.  The notice may be accessed here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/offsets/offsets.htm

The Reserve is working closely with ARB to assist with its review of all Reserve-issued guidance relating to this protocol and the Reserve’s other four protocols that ARB adopted for early action.  ARB retains final authority as to what guidance will be accepted for use in the compliance program.

Project Registration Documents

Document Description Required Phase Privilege
Ozone Depleting Substances Project Submittal Form A proposal to undertake an ozone depleting substances project. Project Submittal Public
Offset Project Listing Information Form – Compliance Protocol Project Listing Information Form for submitting a compliance offset project under the California Air Resources Board compliance protocol for ozone depleting substances projects. Project Submittal Public
Certificate of Destruction An official document provided by the destruction facility certifying the date, quantity, and type of ODS destroyed. Verification Private
Laboratory analysis of ODS composition ODS composition analysis by an AHRI certified laboratory Verification Private
Project System Diagram A project diagram is required for non-sequestration projects. See the example ozone depleting substances diagram for recommended format and content. Verification Private

Protocol Development & Previous Versions

Use the links below to access information about the protocol development process of the U.S. and Article 5 Ozone Depleting Substances Protocols. Errata and clarifications, public comments, staff responses to public comments, workgroup participants, and other supporting documents can also be found here.

Click a version of the protocol below to access more information:

Please contact the Reserve with questions or comments.