VCS Version 3 Updates List

Below is a list of all updates to VCS Version 3 documentation since March 2011, when Version 3 was first released.

VCS documentation is updated periodically and individual updates are incorporated into the relevant documents. Updates strengthen or expand the scope of the program.




Update Overview (release date: 21 June 2017)

·         Streamlined project review processes for projects using both the CCB and VCS Programs

·         Expanded types of methodologies that can undergo a streamlined approval process, which requires just one VVB assessment

·         Updated source of global warming potentials to IPCC Fourth Assessment Report

Update webinar video (11 June , 12 June) and slides.




Update Overview (release date: 19 October 2016)

·         Clarified requirements for right of use

·         Introduced requirements for addressing negative environmental and socio-economic impacts

·         Introduced requirements for conducting local stakeholder consultations

·         Introduced requirements for public comment periods for projects


Update webinar video and slides



Update Overview (release date: 23 September 2015)

·         Removed validation deadline for projects applying a standardized method for demonstrating additionality

·         Released clarification to the VCS Standard

·         Released errata for the Non-Permanence Risk Report Calculation Tool


Update Overview (release date: 25 March 2015)

·         Introduced methodology concept screening process

·         Introduced procedure for Joint Implementation projects to register with the VCS Program

·         Updated program fee schedule (released 12 January 2015)




Update Overview (release date: 30 October 2014)

·         Revised JNR Requirements to provide additional clarification and guidance.

·         Released new JNR monitoring report template and jurisdictional representations.

·         Updated several project proponent representations.

·         Released clarifications to the VCS Standard and Registration and Issuance Process.


Exclusion of HFC-23 (release date: 9 January 2014)

·         HFC-23 excluded from the scope of the VCS Program




Update Overview (release date: 8 October 2013)

·         A new process for reviewing project registration and issuance requests

·         Revised templates for project development, monitoring, validation and verification

·         Updates to the methodology approval process to clarify and streamline the process

·         Revised templates for methodology development

·         New JNR documents and tools

·         View a recording of the webinar describing the program update (or download the presentation slides)

·         Listen to a recording of the JNR specific webinar(in English or Spanish) and see the presentation slides (in English orSpanish)




Updates Overview(release date: 4 October 2012; updated: 17 December 2012)

·         Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) requirements released

·         Wetlands Restoration and Conservation (WRC) requirements released

·         Introduced requirements on rotation of validation/verification bodies (VVBs)

·         Updated VCS Standard to include requirements for project description deviations

·         Updated methodology grace period rules to limit grace periods to projects listed on Project Pipeline

·         Revised Registration and Issuance Process to require all registered projects register publicly

·         Updated requirements on materiality, models, REDD project eligibility and other requirements

·         Released Validation and Verification Manual


Updates Overview(release date: 1 May 2012)

·         Project Pipeline launches


Updates Overview(release date: 1 February 2012)

·         Standardized methods requirements released

·         Expanded requirements and procedures for AFOLU projects registering and issuing credits under VCS and an approved GHG program

·         Updated grace periods for methodologies that are revised

·         Inserted criteria and procedures to determine the baseline pattern of carbon loss in soil, wood products, dead wood and below-ground biomass

·         Revised additionality regulatory surplus rules to differentiate between Annex I and non-Annex I countries

·         Clarified complaints and appeals procedure

·         Updated rules on double counting to clarify requirements governing double monetization and double selling versus double claiming. See Double Counting Policy Brief




 Updates Overview(release date: 19 October 2011)

·         New Avoided Conversion of Grasslands and Shrublands (ACoGS) project category

·         Clarified methodology review process

·         Release of Methodology Assessment Report Template

·         New pathway for temporary VVB accreditation


 Updates Overview(release date: 15 July 2011)

·         Introduced policy on VCU tags

·         Extension of AFOLU validation/verification deadlines for pre-2002 projects

·         Requirements for projects registered sequentially under the VCS Program and a non-approved GHG program

·         Clarified grace period rules for projects using new methodologies

·         Clarified qualifications for AFOLU experts


Version 3 released

·         Release presentation

·         Consultation synopsis