Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets

Harnessing Farms and Forests in the Low-Carbon Economy: How to Create, Measure, and Verify Greenhouse Gas Offsets

by Zach Willey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822341689

ISBN-13: 9780822341680

Pub. Date: 07/31/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

As the United States moves to a low-carbon economy in order to combat global warming, credits for reducing carbon dioxide emissions will increasingly become a commodity that is bought and sold on the open market. Farmers and other landowners can benefit from this new economy by conducting land management practices that help sequester carbon dioxide, creating

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Overview

As the United States moves to a low-carbon economy in order to combat global warming, credits for reducing carbon dioxide emissions will increasingly become a commodity that is bought and sold on the open market. Farmers and other landowners can benefit from this new economy by conducting land management practices that help sequester carbon dioxide, creating credits they can sell to industry to “offset” industrial emissions of greenhouse gases.

This guide is the first comprehensive technical publication providing direction to landowners for sequestering carbon and information for traders and others who will need to verify the sequestration. It will provide invaluable direction to farmers, foresters, land managers, consultants, brokers, investors, regulators, and others interested in creating consistent, credible greenhouse gas offsets as a tradable commodity in the United States.

The guide contains a non-technical section detailing methodologies for scoping of the costs and benefits of a proposed project, quantifying offsets of various sorts under a range of situations and conditions, and verifying and registering the offsets. The technical section provides specific information for quantifying, verifying, and regulating offsets from agricultural and forestry practices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341680
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Part I. Overview

1. Introduction: The Role of Landowners and Farmers in the New Low-Carbon Economy 3

2. The Process of Creating Offsets 10

3. Land-Management Options for Creating Offsets 22

Part II. Steps in Determining a Project's Offsets

4. Step 1: Scoping the Costs and Benefits of a Proposed Project 39

5. Step 2: Determining Additionality and Baselines 46

6. Step 3: Quantifying the Carbon Sequestered in Forests 52

7. Step 4: Quantifying the Carbon Sequestered in Soil 64

8. Step 5: Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Manure 75

9. Step 6: Quantifying and Minimizing Methane and Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Soil 84

10. Step 7: Estimating Leakage or Off-Site Emissions Caused by the Project 91

11. Step 8: Verifying and Registering Offsets 99

12: Conclusion: Putting These Guidelines into Pratice 107

Appendices 109

Notes 209

Bibliography 215

Index 223

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