VCS has approved a new methodology to quantify and credit GHG emission reductions from projects that substitute gasoline with ethanol in commercial fleets of flex-fuel vehicles.
The methodology — VM0019: Fuel Switch from Gasoline to Ethanol in Flex-Fuel Vehicle Fleets – was developed by Keyassociados and Ecofrotas.
Projects may apply the methodology if E100 ethanol substitutes at least 95 percent of the gasoline consumed by an existing fleet of commercial flex-fuel vehicles.
The methodology was assessed by two validation/verification bodies under the VCS methodology approval process: DNV and First Environment. All assessment reports and other documents are available on the VM0019 page of the VCS website.
This methodology calculates the GHG emission reductions from substituting ethanol in place of gasoline or gasoline blends in commercial fleets of flex-fuel vehicles. Projects must demonstrate credible historical fuel consumption data for the commercial fleets. Newly purchased flex-fuel vehicles may not be included. The flex-fuel vehicles must consume E100 ethanol for at least 95 percent of the fuel consumed per fleet. Fuel consumption is monitored for each vehicle included within the fleets.