2. Register your project
1. If you don't yet have an account you must first join the registry
2. You need to provide the following information:
- Details of your company (if you have one) or yourself (if not), including trading name, registered name, address, email, tax number, website, a copy of the company's certificate of incorporation or other company registration data.
- Contact details for billing (name, phone, email)
- Contact details of the account holder (name, phone, email)
- Contact details of the account manager (name, phone, email and address, if different to main company address)
If you do not have a Company Registration Number then either indicate your Charity Registration Number (if you are a charity) or type 'Not Applicable' in the box. Then choose 'Other Company Registration Document'.
3. You will then have to submit identification for your organisation and also for the account manager.
4. Once your details have been checked, Markit will send you a login.
Projects can be validated individually or can come together as a group to be validated. Group validation is an alternative approach which allows a number of projects to become validated under a single statement. This enables financial costs to be shared alongside a common responsibility for ensuring that Woodland Carbon Code requirements are met at all sites. Group validation benefits smaller woodland owners as a result of the lower validation cost per individual project.
A standard project can be any size, and can constitute several blocks of woodland with planting spanning up to five consecutive planting seasons; blocks of woodland must be part of a contiguous land ownership unit or must be under the same ownership and management plan.
Small projects have the same definition as a standard project, but with five hectares net planting area or less. There are optional streamlined requirements/processes which can be used for validation and verification, specifically:
- A simplified WCC Carbon Calculation Spreadsheet for small projects
- Default assumptions made for some sections of the requirements (eg baseline and leakage).
- A less intensive 'Small Project Monitoring Protocol' from year 15 for projects which used the WCC Carbon Calcuation Spreadsheeet for small projects.
The WCC Standard and guidance make clear where requirements differ for proejcts using the 'Small Project Process'.
A group can can span no more than 5 consecutive planting seasons and be constituted of:
- up to 15 'standard' projects; and
- up to 50 hectares (net) area in 'small' projects.
If a group manager wishes to make a case to create and validate a group of more than 15 projects or spanning planting period greater than 5 years, they should contact the preferred validation/verification body and the Forestry Commission to ask for prior written approval.
The addition of new projects after the initial group validation is only allowed in order to replace planted areas that have been withdrawn from the group, or suffered losses due to fire, disease etc. If any such additions occur between 5 or 10-yearly verification events, then a revised PDD needs to be prepared and the group as a whole re-validated.
1. Go to Markit Registry and choose 'Login' (top right). On the first use you need to find 'Environmental Registry' in the list of services provided.
2. Once logged in, go to the 'My projects and issuances' tab and click on 'New Project' (for a single project) or 'New Master Project' (for a group). For a group you need to create 'New Subprojects' within the Master project.
3. For your 'New Project' or each 'New Subproject' in a group you need to input the following information:
- Project name and description
- Project implementation date (=start of planting), start date (=end of planting) and end date (up to 100 years after start date)
- Management regime
- Location (Grid Reference, Nearest town, County, Country)
- Net Area (and whether conifer, mixed or broadleaved)
- Predicted carbon sequestration over project lifetime (claimable by project, buffer and total).
4. If you are creating a 'group', create a dummy 'New Subproject' called 'ProjectName Documents' in which to place your group documents. You simply need to enter zeros or 'not applicable' for the other fields.
5. You will need to upload your draft carbon calculations and a map.
6. Once you have input this information, click on the button at the bottom of the project screen to submit your project as 'Under Development'. Your project details, carbon calculation and map will be available on the Public View of the registry.
You will receive confirmation from Markit that your project has been approved and is now shown as 'under development' in the registry.
Next Step: Design your project and get it validated.