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Call for Expression of Interest: ICROA Accreditation Programme for non-IETA members.

Through this Call for Expression of Interest, ICROA is "soft launching" its Accreditation Programme for non-IETA members, three months before kickstarting the Audit process. In order to determine the level of interest and effectively schedule the third-party Audit, we are asking all interested organisations to complete the Expression of Interest form. All applicants will be notified about their initial approval and potential Audit timeline within three months from the submission date. The ICROA Accreditation Programme is subject to fees. The information about accreditation and audit fees for non-IETA members will be provided in a separate email to all organisations that expressed their interest in the accreditation within four weeks from the submission date. 

The ICROA Accreditation Programme defines and promotes best practice in the financing of high-quality emissions reductions and use of carbon credits as an effective carbon management tool. Participation requires completion of an annual independent audit to assure compliance to the ICROA Code of Best Practice. ICROA Accredited organisations may use the ICROA Accreditation Label. 

To be eligible for undergoing the third-party Audit, each organisation must indicate their understanding and adherence to the ICROA Code of Best Practice and meet the following criteria: 

  • The organisation is committed to reducing its own GHG emissions and striving for a science-aligned reduction pathway aligned to the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement goals.

  

  • The organisation has been in the business of providing carbon management and/or offsetting services and has been actively trading in the VCM for at least one full year. 

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  • The organisation offers services to estimate carbon footprints, identify and implement internal emission reduction opportunities and offset emissions, and/or 

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  • The organisation actively sells a service to retire ICROA-compliant carbon credits on behalf of corporates and/or individuals, for the purpose of voluntarily offsetting their carbon emissions. 

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  • The organisation is committed to achieving large absolute reductions across its client base and promoting alignment to the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement goals. 

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  • The minimum volume sold or retired annually by the organisation must be at least 10,000 tonnes of CO2e. 

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  • The organisation’s minimum financial turnover must be $100,000 or the local currency equivalent. 

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  • The organisation must disclose to the ICROA Secretariat any pending or ongoing litigation involving a member of IETA or another market participant. 

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  • In applying to become Accredited, the organisation agrees to file an annual report that is verified through a third party independent audit to demonstrate compliance with the Code of Best Practice.

Please download and read through the ICROA Code of Best Practice before proceeding to the Expression of Interest Form.