Pioneering Standards Support Ranchers While Reducing Greenhouse Gases
New offset protocol allows credits for sequestering carbon on rangelands
The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit that oversees the creation of rigorous carbon offset protocols as well as the independent registration of carbon offset projects, approved standards today that are designed to enlist ranchers in the fight against climate change. The standards reward ranchers for land management practices that put more carbon in the soil, thereby improving soil health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The new protocol, Compost Additions to Grazed Grasslands, provides a clear process for calculating the GHG reductions from applying compost to rangeland. By strategically applying compost to grasslands, ranchers have the opportunity to generate revenue from environmental stewardship through the sale of emission reductions on voluntary carbon markets.
“This project rewards ranchers for stewardship activities that help store carbon in their soils, while improving soil health and the productivity of their land,” said Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment. “The American Carbon Registry’s approval of this protocol supports the ability of innovative efforts like the Marin Carbon Project to identify conservation practices that increase productivity and create new sources of revenue for ranchers.”
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