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What are the project criteria?
According to the final groundrules, the Evaluation Panel is responsible for accepting or rejecting project submissions for inclusion in the USIJI based on the specific criteria. The criteria as indicated in the final groundrules appear below. Further discussion of criteria appears in the preamble to the Federal Register notice of the final groundrules. In evaluating projects, the Evaluation Panel consider how a project measures against all criteria as well as how the project contributes to the purposes of the pilot program. While failure on any single criterion could keep a project from being approved, the Evaluation Panel may find relatively poor adherence on one criterion to be outweighed by excellent adherence on another. Similarly, if a projectís adherence to all criteria is seen as only barely acceptable, it may not be approved by the panel.

Project Criteria

Criteria from the final USIJI groundrules as published in the Federal Register on June 1, 1994:

"Section V: Criteria

A. To be included in the USIJI, the Evaluation Panel must find that a project submission:

(1) Is acceptable to the government of the host country

(2) Involves specific measures to reduce or sequester greenhouse gas emissions initiated as a result of the U.S. Initiative on Joint Implementation or in reasonable anticipation thereof

(3) Provides data and methodological information sufficient to establish a baseline of current and future greenhouse gas emissions:

(a) in the absence of the specific measures referred to in A.(2) of this section; and

(b) as the result of the specific measures referred to in A.(2) of this section

(4) Will reduce or sequester greenhouse gas emissions beyond those referred to in A.(3) of this section, and if federally funded, is or will by undertaken with funds in excess of those available for such activities in fiscal year 1993

(5) Contains adequate provisions for tracking the greenhouse gas emissions reduced or sequestered resulting from the project, and on a periodic basis, for modifying such estimates and for comparing actual results with those originally projected

(6) Contains adequate provisions for external verification of the greenhouse gas emissions reduced or sequestered by the project

(7) Identifies any associated nongreenhouse gas environmental impacts/benefits

(8) Provides adequate assurance that greenhouse gas emissions reduced or sequestered over time will not be lost or reversed

(9) Provides for annual reports to the Evaluation Panel on the emissions reduced or sequestered, and on the share of such emissions attributed to each of the participants, domestic and foreign, pursuant to the terms of voluntary agreements among project participants

B. In determining whether to include projects under the USIJI, the Evaluation Panel shall also consider:
(1) The potential for the project to lead to changes in greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere

(2) The potential positive and negative effects of the project apart from its effect on greenhouse gas emissions reduced or sequestered

(3) Whether the U.S. participants are emitters of greenhouse gases within the United States and, if so, whether they are taking measures to reduce or sequester such emissions

(4) Whether efforts are underway within the host country to ratify or accede to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to develop a national inventory and/or baseline of greenhouse gas emissions by sources and removals by sinks, and whether the host country is taking measures to reduce its emissions and enhance its sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases."

The proposal guidelines offer further information on what the Evaluation Panel needs to evaluate submissions for inclusion in the USIJI portfolio. In addition, staff members are available to answer questions regarding the preparation of proposals and other aspects of the program.

Please keep in mind that the USIJI is a pilot program that continues to evolve as more is learned about project evaluation and implementation processes. The groundrules provide for the Evaluation Panel to develop "operational modalities" to implement the program. While these guidelines provide some interpretation of the project criteria, the Evaluation Panel may refine the procedures as the program progresses.

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