Content of the PDD

Requirement to submit a PDD

Project participants in Track 2 JI projects are required to submit to the accredited independent entity (AIE) a project design document (PDD) that contains all information required to determine whether the project:

These requirements are set out in full in 9/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 31:

Project participants shall submit to an accredited independent entity a project design document that contains all information needed for the determination of whether the project:

  1. Has been approved by the Parties involved;
  2. Would result in a reduction of anthropogenic emissions by sources or an enhancement of anthropogenic removals by sinks that is additional to any that would otherwise occur;
  3. Has an appropriate baseline and monitoring plan in accordance with the criteria set out in appendix B below (9/CMP.1, Annex, paragraph 31).

At its first meeting, the COP/MOP requested that the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) create a standardised PDD for JI projects:

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol ...

  1. Requests the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee to establish and execute a work programme including the following tasks: ...
    1. To elaborate and agree on a joint implementation project design document pursuant to paragraph 3 (e) of the guidelines for the implementation of Article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol, with the understanding that it shall be applied provisionally until the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol has adopted it in accordance with the guidelines for the implementation of Article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol (10/CMP.1, paragraph 2(d)).

Standardised JI-PDD

This standardised PDD was developed and adopted by the JISC at its first meeting (JISC 1, Annex 2).  At its second meeting, the JISC requested that the secretariat compile inputs received from stakeholders and prepare a revised draft JI PDD form.  The JISC adopted the revised version at its third meeting (JISC 3, Annex 1).  The current version (still called Version 1) of the JI-PDD is available on the UNFCCC website here.

The JI PDD draws on aspects of the CDM- PDD, as anticipated by the COP/MOP:

The relevant parts of the clean development mechanism project design document, and of the project design document for small-scale clean development mechanism project activities, may be applied by project participants under joint implementation, as appropriate (10/CMP.1, paragraph 4(b)).

The JI PDD forms were adopted by the COP/MOP at its second meeting:

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol: ...

  1. Adopts the joint implementation project design document forms, elaborated by the Committee in accordance with paragraph 3 (e) of the joint implementation guidelines and paragraph 2 (d) of decision 10/CMP.1, as contained in annex II of document FCCC/KP/CMP/2006/5 and annexes I and II of document FCCC/KP/CMP/2006/5/Add.1 (2/CMP.2, paragraph 3).

The COP/MOP also authorised the JISC to make any necessary amendments to the PDD:

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol: ...

  1. Authorizes the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, taking into account experience gained, to make any amendments or additions to the project design document forms, as appropriate, and to elaborate in its annual report to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, for information, on any such amendments or additions (2/CMP.2, paragraph 4).

Guidelines for completing the JI-PDD

The COP/MOP also requested that the JISC develop guidelines for completing the JI PDD, drawing on the guidelines developed for completing the CDM PDD:

The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol ...

  1. Requests the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee to establish and execute a work programme including the following tasks: ...
    1. To develop, as soon as possible, guidelines for users, inter alia, of the joint implementation project design document, drawing on guidelines developed by the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism, where appropriate (10/CMP.1, paragraph 2(e)).

In accordance with the COP/MOP's request, the JISC developed the Guidelines for users of the joint implementation project design document form and adopted it at its second meeting (JISC 2, Annex 1).  At its second meeting, the JISC requested that the secretariat compile inputs received from stakeholders and prepare revised draft guidelines for users of the JI PDD form.  The JISC adopted the revised version at its third meeting (JISC 3, Annex 2). The current version (Version 4) was adopted at its eighteenth meeting (JISC 18, Annex 4) and is available from the UNFCCC website here. The glossary of joint implementation terms can be found here.

Last updated on 28 May 2010

Related topics

Accredited independent entity

What is a baseline?

What is additionality?

Track 2 monitoring

Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee