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26.09.03.00.htm 26.09.03.00. Title 26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT Subtitle 09 MARYLAND CO2 BUDGET TRADING PROGRAM Chapter 03 Offset Projects Authority: Environment Article, ยง1-101, 1-404, 2-103, and 2-1002(g) Annotated Code of Maryland
26.09.03.01.htm 26.09.03.01. 01 Purpose.. The Department shall provide for the award of CO2 offset allowances to project sponsors of CO2 emissions offset projects that have demonstrated a reduction or avoidance of atmospheric loading of CO2, CO2 equivalent, or sequestered carbon. These requirements ensure that the awarded CO2 offset allowances represent real, additional, verifiable, enforceable, and permanent CO2 equivalent emission reductions or carbon sequestration. Subject to the rele
26.09.03.02.htm 26.09.03.02. 02 General Requirements for CO2 Emission Offset Projects.. A. Eligible CO2 Emissions Offset Projects. In order to qualify for the award of CO2 offset allowances, the following offset projects shall satisfy all applicable requirements identified in this chapter:1) Landfill methane capture and destruction;. 2) Reduction in emissions of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). 3) Sequestration of carbon due to reforestation, improved forest management, or avoided conversion;.
26.09.03.03.htm 26.09.03.03. 03 Landfill Methane Capture and Destruction Project Standards.. A. Offset projects that capture and destroy methane from landfills qualify for the award of CO2 offset allowances if they meet the requirements of this regulation.B. Eligibility. Eligible offset projects shall occur at landfills that are not subject to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for municipal solid waste landfills, 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart Cc and Subpart WWW.C. Offset Project Descrip
26.09.03.04.htm 26.09.03.04. 04 Reduction in Emissions of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) Project Standards.. A. Qualifications.. 1) Offset projects that prevent emissions of sulfur hexafluoride to the atmosphere from equipment in the electricity transmission and distribution sector through capture and storage, recycling, or destruction, qualify for the award of CO2 offset allowances if they meet the requirements of this section.2) Eligible offset projects shall consist of incremental actions beyond tho
26.09.03.05.htm 26.09.03.05. 05 Sequestration of Carbon due to Reforestation, Improved Forest Management, or Avoided Conversion.. A. Forest Offset Project Standards. Offset projects that involve reforestation, improved forest management, or avoided conversion shall qualify for the award of CO2 allowances if they meet the requirements of this regulation and the forest offset protocol.B. Eligibility. Eligible forest offset projects shall satisfy all eligibility requirements of the forest offset protocol and
26.09.03.06.htm 26.09.03.06. 06 Reduction or Avoidance of CO2 Emissions from Natural Gas, Oil, or Propane End-Use Combustion Due to End-Use Energy Efficiency.A. Offset projects that reduce CO2 emissions by reducing on-site combustion of natural gas, oil, or propane for end-use in an existing or new commercial or residential building by improving the energy efficiency or fuel usage or the energy-efficient delivery of energy services qualify for the award of CO2 offset allowances. Eligible new buildings a
26.09.03.07.htm 26.09.03.07. 07 Avoided Methane Emissions from Agricultural Manure Management Operations.. A. Offset projects that capture and destroy methane from animal manure and organic food waste using anaerobic digesters qualify for the award of CO2 offset allowances if they comply with the requirements of this regulation.B. Eligible offset projects shall consist of the destruction of that portion of methane generated by an anaerobic digester that would have been generated in the absence of the
26.09.03.08.htm 26.09.03.08. 08 Accreditation of Independent Verifiers.. A. Standards for Accreditation. Independent verifiers may be accredited by the Department to provide verification services as required by project sponsors if the independent verifiers meet the requirements of this regulation.B. Verifier Minimum Requirements. Each accredited independent verifier shall demonstrate knowledge of the following topics:1) Utilizing engineering principles;. 2) Quantifying greenhouse gas emissions;.
26.09.03.09.htm 26.09.03.09. 09 Awarding and Recording of CO2 Offset Allowances.. A. CO2 Emissions Offset Projects. Following the issuance of a consistency determination and the approval of a monitoring and verification report, the Department shall award one CO2 offset allowance for each ton of demonstrated reduction in CO2 or CO2 equivalent emissions or sequestration of CO2.B. The Department shall record awarded CO2 offset allowances in the project sponsor's general account.
26.09.03.9999.htm 26.09.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date: July 17, 2008 (35:14 Md. R. 1247). Regulation .01 amended effective January 6, 2014 (40:26 Md. R. 2165). Regulation .02 amended effective May 18, 2009 (36:10 Md. R. 717) January 6, 2014 (40:26 Md. R. 2165). Regulation .04A amended as an emergency provision effective December 28, 2009 (37:4 Md. R. 336) amended permanently effective May 3, 2010 (37:9 Md. R. 674)Regulation .04D amended effective May 18, 2009 (36:10 Md. R. 717) January 6
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