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Climate Community & Biodiversity Alliance audits (CCB – forestry audits)

The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS) is a project design standard and offers rules and guidance for project design and development. It is intended to be applied early on during a project’s design phase to ensure robust project design and local community and biodiversity benefits. It does not verify quantified carbon offsets nor does it provide a registry. The CCBS focus exclusively on land-based biosequestration and mitigation projects and require social and environmental benefits from such projects.

The CCBS was developed by the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) with feedback and suggestions from independent experts. CCBA is a partnership of non-governmental organizations, corporations and research institutes, such as Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, CARE, Sustainable Forestry Management, BP and CATIE. The first edition was released in May 2005.

CCB Alliance is formed by representatives from each member organisation. The alliance currently has 13 members and makes decisions about changes to the standards. It also works closely with the auditors, advising them on interpretation and application of the standards.

Working groups are comprised of alliance members and external advisors and are appointed when needed to address specific issues. Working groups proposals for changes must be approved by the Alliance.

Third-party auditors are certified DOEs under the CDM for afforestation and reforestation – organizations that are approved to evaluate CDM projects – or evaluatorswho are certified under the Forest Stewardship Council. Validation and verification can be done by the same auditor. The Community and Biodiversity Standards are managed by the CCBA which is supported by contributions from alliance member organizations and by foundation grants.

CCB forestry audits must be performed by an experienced and respected environmental auditing company with qualifications as “designated Operational Entity” for the sectoral scope “Afforestation and Reforestation” or “Agriculture” with the CDM Executive Board. It is a partnership between leading companies, NGOs and research institutes seeking to promote integrated solutions to land management around the world. With this goal in mind, the CCBA has developed voluntary standards to help design and identify land management activities that simultaneously minimise climate change, support sustainable development and conserve biodiversity.

Awards & Recognitions

What our clients are saying

We congratulate EPIC for being adjudged as the Best Verifications Agency second year in succession. With our own experience with their team we feel that EPIC deserves to win these international awards. While conducting CDM audits, without making any compromise on regulatory compliance and time lines EPIC is discharging their duties very responsibly.
- Mr.S.U.Joshi, Director ofSahyadri Industries Limited, Pune, India : Expert manufacturer and service provider in Asia for infrastructure products and services

EPIC has been one of the most efficient and reliable DOE we have worked with in India and South East Asia for various CDM and VCS projects. They have extremely well qualified auditors and able senior management. We are really looking forward to continue working withthem.
- Mr.Santosh Kumar Singh, Regional Director ER Projects Southeast Asia, South Pole Group : Leading and World renowned carbon market player based in Zurich, Switzerland

After screening all DOEs operating in Latin Americain the last quarter of 2014, we at EssencisSoluçõesAmbientais S.A. ended up selecting the EPIC Sustainability for performing certification assessments (verifications) for the large landfill gas (LFG) collection and destruction CDM project activity implemented in our landfill located in Caieiras, São Paulo in Brazil. We are very happy with the assessments performed by EPIC and their superior technical approach. Furthermore, the very fast reaction time from EPIC technical and operational teams has been instrumental for successfully meeting the CER delivery schedule towards our current Annex-I project participant based in Europe.
- Mr. Fernando Souza Nazareth de Freitas, EssencisSoluçõesAmbientais S.A, SOLVI Group, Brazil : Leading organization involved in the running of many LFG projects in Latin America

EPIC Sustainability has always delivered the CDM and VCS project reports on scheduled time and their team was found to be very simple and attentive. They are very committed to accomplish the tasks in time with quality. We wish them all success in future.
- Mr.Bharathi Kannan Venkatachalam, Head of GHG & CDM Projects, Tamilnadu Spinning Mills Association TASMA, India : One of the World’s biggest renewal energy GHG/CDM project aggregators & developers

We confirm the quality of work of EPIC team for Gold Standard project verification. The technical knowledge of EPIC’s contribution allowed us to complete our Gold Standard project verification work well in time.
- Mr.StefanSontheimer, Directeur, Quadran Pacific, France :A leading renewal energy producer

We found EPIC team as receptive, professional and on time while delivering services throughout the engagement. In spite of the present carbon market conditions EPIC stayed the course to continue to work well in challenging times and industry.
- Ms.Vichitra Thiyagarajah, Country Manager for Malaysia and Group General Counsel, Alternative Energy Corporation, Singapore : A leading engineering and operations company with one of the largest portfolio of running waste water treatment plants and renewal energy projects

EPIC has carried out the CDM auditing work for our renewable energy projects in a record time and successfully met the strict time lines. We are confident that EPIC will continue to do good work in the industry.
- Mr.Gopal Gandhi, Head of Projects & Advisor, Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Limited, India : Owner of Mines &Renewable energy projects

News and Updates

EPIC participated as an exhibitor at Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2016 at Jeju island, Republic of Korea during 5th to 7th September. We thank all for visiting our booth.

EPIC participated as an exhibitor at Africa Carbon Forum 2016 at Kigali, Rwanda during 28th to 30th June. We thank all for visiting our booth.

EPIC participated as an Exhibitor at Carbon Expo, Cologne, Germany during 25-27th May 2016 and thank all the visitors to the booth

EPIC Team had participated in COP 21 during December 2015 at Paris and was pleased with the signing of the historic and land mark Paris Climate Change Agreement

EPIC Team had participated in Jakarta Climate Festival and Forestry Conference supported by UN-REDD and conducted by Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia during February 2016

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