Developed by the Climate Neutral Business Network (of Strategic Environmental Associates, Inc) with funding from EV Charging Carbon Coalition (EVCCC), the Methodology for Electric Vehicle Charging Systems offers guidelines for measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions for projects which install charging systems for EVs. This new methodology leverages previous Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) tools. CDM tools help developing countries claim Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits, or carbon credits that can be bought and traded between nations in service of the Kyoto Protocol.
This new EV Charging methodology exists to quantify emissions displaced from traditional gas-powered vehicles which in turn translate to credits. Equations offered within the report establish GHG measurements based on a project’s geographic boundaries, fleets affected by the project’s activities, and the types of electricity supply sources available to the region. Baseline measurements for comparable fleets in the absence of new charging infrastructure are also provided to establish net savings. In addition to definitions and equations, the methodology also offers estimates for certain parameters. Quality management and record keeping procedures are outlined to monitor a project’s accuracy for credit issuance.