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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Motivate for a clean development mechanism (CDM) project 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244290  Motivate for a clean development mechanism (CDM) project 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Occupational Health and Safety 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Preventive Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard requires of learners to demonstrate the ability to identify a Clean Development Mechanism project in a workplace.

Learners credited with this unit standard are capable of:
  • Discussing the history of greenhouse gas abatement methods and the legislative framework and objectives of the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Describing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism.
  • Explaining the importance of the energy sector in South Africa and why CDM is critical for the country.
  • Explaining how South African and international legislation governs and affects CDM.
  • Describing the CDM project cycle, how the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders are determined and how a potential CDM project is motivated for a specific workplace.
  • Explaining certified emissions trading. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical skills at NQF Level 4.
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Discuss the history of greenhouse gas abatement methods and the legislative framework and objectives of the Kyoto Protocol. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The explanation must include:
  • Mechanisms through which global warming occurs.
  • The philosophy and principles of the legislative framework for international climate change in general. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The history of greenhouse gas abatement methods is discussed and the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol are explained in terms of climate change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The legislative framework of the Kyoto Protocol is explained in terms of applying the Protocol to avert climate change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sources of six greenhouse gases, specified in the Kyoto Protocol, are discussed in terms of the rationale for their selection. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change and the clean development mechanism. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is described in terms of efforts to address the challenge posed by climate change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The issues of global climate change are explained in terms of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Non-compliance to emission reduction commitments are described in terms of the penalties attached. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the importance of the energy sector in South Africa and why CDM is critical for the country. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The current functioning of energy sector in South Africa is explained in terms of efficiency and pollution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of adopting the Clean Development Mechanism in South Africa is explained in terms of efficiency of energy supply and the prevention of pollution. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation must include:
  • Rising demand.
  • Electricity shortages.
  • Dependence on greenhouse gas emitting coal.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain how south Africa and international legislation governs and affects CDM. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the Designated National Authority and the designated operational entity is clarified according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of the United Nations is clarified according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Environmental approval required for CDM projects is discussed according to specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the CDM project cycle, how the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders are determined and how a potential CDM project is motivated for a specific workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the CDM project cycle is explained in terms of its application to South African conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Stakeholders within the CDM project cycle are identified and their roles, responsibilities and functions explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A workplace is identified for a potential CDM project in terms of the findings of an initial investigation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The rationale for identifying a project as a CDM project is explained and motivated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Explain certified emissions trading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Certified Emission Reduction (CER) trading is explained in as a trading commodity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various methods used with CER Trading are discussed. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA according the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following categories of documentations:

    Legal:

    Include, but not limited to, pertinent sections of legislation - including associated regulations - and other supporting documentation:
  • National Environmental Management; National Air Quality Management; EIA Regulations
  • Kyoto Protocol; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Working Guides. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: By investigating options for CDM projects in a workplace, the individual will assist in solving problems related to climate change. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The individual will have to liaise with others to identify stakeholders and role players, party to the CDM project, showing an ability to work with others as a team and not only him/herself. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: During the workplace investigation to identify a CDM project, the individual will conduct himself/herself in a responsible and effective manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, organize and critically evaluate information.

    Note: When investigating options for CDM, the individual will have to collect and organise information in such a way that he/she will be able to evaluate it and make decisions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematics and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: Actions resulting from the investigations of a potential CDM must be communicated to all relevant persons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically (showing responsibility toward the environment and health of others).

    Note: Science and technology are used at the appropriate level, e.g. in interpreting and discussing data. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note: He/she must demonstrate understanding of the impact of his/her or others' actions in the overall objectives of the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58625   National Certificate: Occupational Safety  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  79808   National Diploma: Occupational Safety  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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