What is registration?
Registration is defined in 3/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 36:
Registration is the formal acceptance by the Executive Board of a validated project as a CDM project activity. Registration is the prerequisite for the verification, certification and issuance of CERs relating to that project activity (3/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 36).
The procedures for registration of a CDM project activity as referred to in paragraph 40 of Decision 3/CMP.1 and the procedures for review as contained in the Clean Development Mechanism Project Cycle Procedure shall apply to a PoA.
The Procedures for Registration of a Programme of Activities as a Single CDM Project Activity and Issuance of Certified Emission Reductions for a Programme of Activities (v.4.1) (EB 55, Annex 38) outline the specific procedure which must be followed to register a PoA with the Executive Board (in addition to the general procedures for registration of CDM project activities).
Essentially, once validation is successfully complete, the DOE will submit a request for registration of a proposed PoA to the Executive Board using the PoA registration request form (F-CDM-POA-REG), together with the validation report and any supporting documentation:
A designated operational entity (DOE) shall submit a request for registration of a proposed PoA using the "Programme of Activities registration request form" (F-CDM-POA-REG) along with a validation report and supporting documentation (EB 32, Annex 39, paragraph 6).
If the DOE considers that the PoA meets that validation requirement, it shall submit a request for registration of a proposed PoA using the "Programme of Activities registration request form" (F-CDM-POA-REG) along with a validation report and supporting documentation (EB 55, Annex 38, paragraph 16).
With respect to the start date of CPAs, initially component projects activities (CPAs) were not allowed to start until the PoA as a whole was registered. At EB 47, it was decided that a CPA could start before the PoA's registration date on the basis that it demonstrates CPA additionality. This enables CPAs which have assured financing to commence operation and resolve any technical issues before the crediting period starts. However, there is still a restriction that a CPA cannot start before the validation of the PoA:
Confirmation that the start date of any CPA is not, or will not be, prior to the commencement of validation of the programme of activities, i.e. the date on which the CDM-POA-DD is first published for global stakeholder consultation (EB 55, Annex 38, paragraph 7).
In relation to requirements related to participation in the PoA, the coordinating/managing entity (CME) is required to obtain letters of approval, that have been issued in accordance with the guidance provided by the Board in EB 16, Annex 6, from each host Party and Annex I Party who wishes to be involved in the PoA (EB 55, Annex 38, paragraph 9).
Moreover, if there is a change in the identity of the CME after the registration of the programme, the DOE who is responsible for the next inclusion of a CPA must submit:
a. New letter(s) of authorization by the each respective host Party stating the change in coordinating/managing entity;
b. A confirmation from new coordinating/managing entity that the PoA will be developed and implemented with the same set framework as originally described in the CDM-POA-DD; and
c. A validation opinion by a DOE regarding the compliance of the new coordinating/managing entity with the requirements of paragraph 15 (c) below (EB 55, Annex 38, paragraph 12).
Note: Further details are set out in the Procedures for Registration of a Programme of Activities as a Single CDM Project Activity and Issuance of Certified Emission Reductions for a Programme of Activities and can be accessed here (v.4.1) (EB 55, Annex 38).