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ALM Opportunities Expanding

Over the last few years, the number of Agricultural Land Management (ALM) methodologies available to project developers has been increasing. The American Carbon Registry (ACR), Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) have all added to agricultural project opportunities, including methodologies for reducing nitrous oxide emissions from nitrogen fertilizers, reducing methane emissions from rice cultivation, introduction of sustainable ag. land management, grassland management and a modular soil carbon quantification methodology. 

Greenhouse Gas (Carbon) Management - Whitepaper

Greenhouse gas inventories, carbon footprints, energy efficiency, carbon sequestration and related projects have become “hot button” topics in board rooms around the world as organizations large and small, private and public, grapple with the challenges of reducing emissions. Before any decisions are made regarding carbon footprint management, carbon market participation, or carbon sequestration project development, it is important to understand the facts, opportunities, and potential strategies not only for reducing emissions or increasing sequestration, but also for saving money, increasing revenue, and managing risk from future regulations.

Soil and Atmospheric Carbon Basics

An introduction to the basics of soil and atmospheric carbon as related to carbon sequestration, carbon offsets, and soil carbon reduction projects.

Setting Standards for Green Professionals

The proposed use of “cap and trade” programs to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions raises important questions – who is qualified to quantify and verify GHG reports? As carbon markets continue to grow, a major concern for businesses will be how to evaluate the credentials of staff and consultants who provide GHG professional services.

The Verification Process for GHG Emission Removal Projects

As the voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) emission removal markets have developed in the United States over the last few years, the process for independent, third party verifications has also developed. Historically, the lack of regulatory oversight and control allowed for significant fraud in the voluntary carbon market; however, in most instances the verification process has been able to address the concerns about fraud, while providing project validity and credit assurances that did not exist previously. Multiple trading platforms and certification systems have developed GHG reduction (offsets) protocols that require independent, third-party verifications. Some of these platforms include the Chicago Climate Exchange, the Voluntary Carbon Standard, the Climate Action Reserve and the American Carbon Registry. This article outlines the necessary steps to a successful greenhouse gas offset project.

Basics of Verification for Carbon Sequestration (Offset) Projects

One of the most interesting features about the market for carbon credits is its origins as a completely voluntary system. While a government-mandated, cap-and-trade system is all-but-certain to be in place in the next few years, the current market has developed absent any government oversight. This is in stark contrast to other markets for other ecosystem services such as wetlands mitigation, threatened or endangered species’ habitat, and water quality where government regulation has not only created the demand, but also has total programmatic authority.

An Introduction to Carbon Sequestration

Carbon sequestration and related projects have become “hot button” topics in Board rooms around the world as corporations large and small grapple with the potential positive and negative impacts of emission reductions. Before any decisions can be made about if, how, or why your company should endeavor to improve its carbon footprint, enter the carbon market, or undertake carbon sequestration projects, it is important to understand the very basics of carbon sequestration.

The Cash in Biological Carbon Sequestration

As businesses grapple with the many questions related to environmental legislation, cap and trade systems, and the associated investments, their leaders are searching for the revenue streams that offset those investments. One of the fundamental and most often asked questions then is where does the cash come from in carbon sequestration projects?

Legal and Tax Issues of Carbon Credit Trading

Environmental Services Inc., works on a daily basis with companies from around the United States and the world in the creation (and separately on verification) of carbon offset projects. Because of our daily involvement in this emerging marketplace, we are routinely presented with questions related to both the science of carbon sequestration projects and the related business considerations.

Keylining & Soil Carbon: Can an Obscure Practice Enhance Sequestration?

Environmental Services, Inc. (ESI) recently completed a baseline soil carbon study for a farm manager curious about a relatively unknown management practice that was developed in Australia. Peter Traverse’s interests was to investigate the use of a tillage practice called keylining, and evaluate its effect on increasing soil organic carbon stocks on the land he manages in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. While the practice has production benefits through water management, there is reason to believe that this technique will also result in greater soil carbon sequestration.