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Landfill Methane Gas Capture and Destruction

This page contains the forms and instructions necessary for an Offset Project Sponsor (Project Sponsor) to apply for New York CO2 Budget Trading Program (Program) offset allowances under the category of landfill methane gas capture and destruction for projects located in New York State. The eligibility and offset project standards can be found in the New York State regulations for the Program at 6 NYCRR Subpart 242-10.

Before any forms can be completed, the Project Sponsor must establish a general account and obtain an offset project ID code through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) CO2 Allowance Tracking System (RGGI COATS). The Project Sponsor identified in the Consistency Application must be the same as the Authorized Account Representative for the RGGI COATS general account. For information about establishing a RGGI COATS general account and offset project ID code, consult the RGGI COATS User's Guide link listed in the right column.

Consistency Application

To demonstrate that the landfill methane capture and destruction project qualifies for an award of CO2 offset allowances, a Project Sponsor must submit to the Department an Offset Project Consistency Application ("Consistency Application"), including the cover sheet and all forms and related attachments. Following these instructions (PDF 46 KB) (Microsoft Word version) will ensure that the Consistency Application contains all necessary information and is submitted properly.

The Project Sponsor's inability to fully complete the Consistency Application forms pertaining to the accredited independent verifier information will not, in and of itself, disqualify such Project Sponsor from receiving an award of CO2 offset allowances, provided that the Consistency Application is submitted to the Department by the applicable deadline.

Key eligibility dates and application submittal requirements for offset projects are as follows:

  • The Consistency Application must be submitted within six months after the project is commenced.
  • For an offset project located in New York the Consistency Application must be filed with the Department.
  • For an offset project located in more than one participating state, the Consistency Application must be filed in the participating state where the majority of the CO2-equivalent emissions reduction or carbon sequestration due to the offset project is expected to occur.

Consistency Application Submission Instructions

Submit one (1) hardcopy original Consistency Application as well as an electronic copy in the form of a CD to the Department at the location specified below. Submit hard copies of forms requiring signatures as originally-signed copies and scan such signed forms for electronic submission. Facsimiles of the Consistency Application are not acceptable under any circumstances.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Climate Change
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1030

The Consistency Application has three parts, as described below. Each part comprises specified forms and required documentation. Enter information directly into the fields provided or submit information or documentation as an attachment. Include headers on all attachments indicating the form to which each is attached, the offset project name, and offset project ID code.

The Project Sponsor should save an electronic copy for its file to serve as a reference for any necessary remediation or updates.

Consistency Application Forms

The Consistency Application includes nine (9) forms divided into three parts, as follows:

Part 1 - General Information Forms
Part 2 - Category-Specific Information and Documentation Forms
Part 3 - Independent Verification Form

Monitoring and Verification Report

To demonstrate the achievement of CO2-equivalent emissions reductions for a landfill methane capture and destruction offset project that has received a consistency determination from the Department, a Project Sponsor must submit an Offset Program Monitoring and Verification Report ("M&V Report"), consisting of the cover sheet and all forms and related attachments, to the department in accordance with these instructions. Following these instructions (PDF 28 KB) (Microsoft Word version) will ensure that the M&V Report contains all necessary information.

The Project Sponsor's inability to fully complete the M&V Report forms pertaining to the accredited independent verifier information will not, in and of itself, disqualify such Project Sponsor from receiving an award of CO2 offset allowances, provided that the M&V Report is submitted to the Department by the applicable deadline.

Monitoring and Verification Report Submission Instructions

Submit one (1) complete paper hardcopy original and one (1) electronic copy of the M&V Report in the form of a CD to the Department at the location specified below. Submit hard copies of forms requiring signatures as originally-signed copies and scan such signed forms for electronic submission. Facsimiles of the M&V Report are not acceptable under any circumstances.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Office of Climate Change
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1030

The M&V Report includes three parts, as described below. Each part comprises specified forms and required documentation. Enter information directly into the fields provided or submit information or documentation as an attachment, as instructed. Include headers on all attachments indicating the form to which each is attached, the offset project name, and offset project ID code.

The Project Sponsor should save an electronic copy for its file to serve as a reference for any necessary remediation or updates.

Monitoring and Verification Report Forms

The M&V Report consists of eight (8) forms divided into three parts, as follows:

Part 1 - General Information Forms
Part 2 - Category-Specific Information and Documentation Forms
Part 3 - Independent Verification Form