Articles tagged as: Methodology and Standards Watch

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Gold Standard Seeks Comments As It Expands Forest Carbon Palette

June 5, 2013

Until late last year, the Gold Standard seemed happy to serve as the go-to standard for industrial offsets while watching the more recently-minted Verified Carbon Standard take a dominant position in land-based offsets. Now the Gold Standard is seeking input from participants as it expands its land-based coverage, beginning with Afforestation/Reforestation.

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Soil Carbon Lands Market Opportunities Through New Offset Methodology

December 12, 2012

The Verified Carbon Standard recently approved The Earth Partners’ soil carbon methodology for use on agricultural offset projects. The methodology, while new to the carbon markets, is grounded on decades’ worth of USDA science – with the capacity to cover most ecosystems and land types. The science is there. The challenge, as always, is scaling up.

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Gold Standard and Fairtrade Broaden Market Access for Small Producers

December 3, 2012

Small-scale farmers around the world have the potential to employ climate-safe agriculture like no-till farming and tree planting on a cumulatively grand scale, but they’re also among those hardest hit when the climate goes haywire. Now Fairtrade and the Gold Standard are teaming up on a groundbreaking initiative aimed at bringing carbon income to...

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American Carbon Registry Approves Landmark Methodology For Wetlands Restoration In The Mississippi Delta Region

September 20, 2012

As the Gulf Coast States’ vulnerability to hurricanes and other powerful storms continues to increase, a new methodology, developed by New Orleans based Tierra Resources and approved by the ACR, for the restoration of the Mississippi River deltaic wetlands with a focus on mitigating hurricane harm, might prove to be the solution.  ...

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Writing the Rule That Will Rebuild the Bayou – With Carbon

January 23, 2012

Mangroves and coastal wetlands have long protected the Mississippi Delta from floods, but the degradation of those wetlands leaves the region more vulnerable to events like Hurricane Katrina. Carbon finance can help reverse the degradation – and new rules for developing bayou credits could make that finance possible....

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VCS and Chilean Exchange Team up to Speed Project Development

May 19, 2011

Latin America could become a model of low-carbon development – if it can beef up local expertise and speed up development of carbon offset projects.  The Santiago Climate Exchange and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) are working together to do just that....

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China Transacts First Panda Standard VERs

March 30, 2011

Answering China’s call for intensified emissions targets, the nation yesterday saw its first transaction of voluntary carbon credits piloted under the domestic Panda Standard. The credits – purchased from a bamboo reforestation project by a large Chinese real estate firm – signal Chinese companies’ willingness to pay for...

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Regulators Embrace Voluntary Carbon

March 11, 2011

The global carbon markets began quietly in the late 1980s as part of a voluntary effort to save rainforests, but these small, voluntary efforts were quickly eclipsed – and often dismissed – when the Kyoto Protocol ushered in compliance markets a decade later.  Now, however, it’s the compliance markets that are turning to the...

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New Methodology Sets Building Blocks for REDD

December 3, 2010

As formal negotiations regarding the role of forest conservation to fight climate change occur behind closed doors, another major milestone is announced in the voluntary forest carbon market. After more than two years of development, a broad new REDD methodology has finally cleared the second validation needed for acceptance under the Voluntary Carbon Standard.

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China Bets on Panda to Take a Bite Out of Land-Use Emissions (and Reduce Poverty)

September 23, 2010

China generates the lion’s share of global offsets under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), but it doesn't cap its own emissions. It does, however, have its own voluntary carbon standard – the “Panda Standard” – which was unveiled at last year's Climate-Change Conference in Copenhagen and is designed to...

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CarbonFix Outlines Modifications to its Forest Protocol

September 16, 2010

/Last week, CarbonFix announced via twitter [1] that its Technical Board will be considering revisions to their forest carbon standard. We caught up with Moriz Vohrer, Chairman of the Technical Board to get some more details./ [1] http://twitter.com/CarbonFix/status/23239118721...

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VCS Unveils its First Methodology for Generating Carbon Credits by Saving Trees

August 25, 2010

Tackling tropical deforestation can put a huge dent in global carbon emissions, but also requires a big pool of money to make forests more valuable alive than dead. Forest projects seeking carbon credits received a boon this week as a major standard provider announced its first benchmark to quantify the climate benefits of tropical forest conservation.

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Voluntary Carbon Standard Aims for Simplicity in 2011

August 10, 2010

The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) Association is set to unveil its Program 2011 update -- a streamlined version of the market’s most in-demand third-party standard and program. Today, voluntary market participants got their first glimpse of the update via e-mail, with more detailed documents slated for posting on the VCS website on Thursday,...

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Development of Carbon Standards and Access to International Carbon Markets

June 25, 2010

Carbon markets around the globe are developing rapidly in terms of both complexity and maturity. Faced with evolving policies and growing demand, rigorous standards have emerged as a critical foundation for projects pursued in markets outside any government mandate. In the forestry sector, the demand for quality has pushed its way into the world of...

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CCB to Introduce New Forestry Standard

November 27, 2009

The group that oversees the Climate Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards has more than 100 projects in its pipeline, and more than half of these are designed to generate carbon credits by reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). In Copenhagen, they'll be introducing the new "REDD + Social and Environmental" Standards.

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The UNFCCC REDD Web Platform Requests Information Sharing on Costs of Implementing REDD Methodologies and Monitoring Systems

August 3, 2009

The UNFCCC recently released a technical paper on the cost of implementing methodologies and monitoring systems related to estimates on greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, the assessment of carbon stocks and greenhouse gas emissions from changes in forest cover, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

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For Public Review - CarbonFix Standard v3.0

June 16, 2009

The CarbonFix Standard Version 3.0 is available for public review from June 15th to July 15th. - In Version 3.0 the CarbonFix Standard recognizes documentation of already certified FSC or CCBA projects. This avoids double work for project developers and ensures premium-quality credits on the market. - The new version has widened its applicability by...

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Methodology and Standards Watch

January 1, 2009

Summary and links to Methodologies and Standards updates....

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