The project design document (PDD) is the main document involved in the process of developing a CDM project activity. It is one of the three documents required for a CDM project to be registered
- Letter of approval from the DNA.
- Validation report from the DOE.
The PDD is reviewed by the DOE during the validation process to ensure that a project meets the requirements for validation. The PDD is also used as the basis of consultation with stakeholders, which is conducted by making the PDD and related documentation.
The PDD is submitted by the DOE to the Executive Board for registration.
The requirement to develop a PDD is set out in 3/CMP.1, Annex, Appendix B:
A project activity shall be described in detail taking into account the provisions of the annex on modalities and procedures for a CDM, in particular, section G on validation and registration and section H on monitoring, in a project design document (3/CMP.1, Annex, Appendix B, paragraph 2).
A description of the project comprising the project purpose, a technical description of the project, including how technology will be transferred, if any, and a description and justification of the project boundary
A proposed baseline methodology in accordance with the annex on modalities and procedures for a CDM including, in the case of the:
--- Application of an approved methodology:
Statement of which approved methodology has been selected;
Description of how the approved methodology will be applied in the
context of the project
--- Application of a new methodology:
Description of the baseline methodology and justification of choice,
including an assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the
--- National and/or sectoral policies , transparency and conservative view
Statement of the estimated operational lifetime of the project and which crediting period was selected;
Description of how the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases by sources are reduced below those that would have occurred in the absence of the registered CDM project activity;
Information on sources of public funding for the project activity from Parties included in Annex I which shall provide an affirmation that such funding does not result in a diversion of official development assistance and is separate from and is not counted towards the financial obligations of those Parties
Stakeholder consultation process and comments, and how this was taken into account
The Global Stakeholder Process is conducted by displaying the PDD on the UNFCCC or designated operational entity's website for a period of 30 days, during which time Parties, stakeholders and UNFCCC accredited observers may make comments. These comments are also made publicly available.
--- Data needs and data quality with regard to accuracy, comparability, completeness
--- Methodologies to be used for data collection,quality assurance and quality control provisions
--- In the case of a new monitoring methodology, provide a description of the methodology, including an assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the methodology and whether or not it has been applied successfully elsewhere;