Information on developing soil carbon trading markets
Carbon may be one way to address concerns about climate change and environmental impacts. Regional, state, and national and eventually international initiatives will be needed to achieve the critical mass to arrest the growth of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. With the introduction of greenhouse gas emissions trading, farmers will also have a new source of income. Carbon stored in soils reduces atmospheric levels of carbon, and the stored tons of carbon can be traded or sold as ‘carbon credits.’
Below are the functioning markets that I am aware of in the
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A list of functioning
soil carbon markets and aggregators in the
The Chicago Climate Exchange has shown to be the most
reliable and influential carbon credits market that exists within the
+01 (312) 554-3350
Fax: +01 (312) 554-3373
The Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association is a grower-based organization committed to increasing
economical, direct seed farming systems in the
PNDSA is developing the protocol to aggregate CO2 from agricultural soil and developing offset emissions guidelines for growers and is taking a lead role to consolidate a position on Carbon Trading with a broad range of agriculture commodity groups and conservation farming organizations. PNDSA is working to develop a second generation carbon sequestration contract to aggregate approximately 400,000 acres.
The Iowa Farm Bureau is working to
aggregate carbon credits from
Carbon Credit Aggregation Program
The National Farmers Union is
working to aggregate carbon credits for farmers from fourteen
For More Information:
Dale Enerson - 800-366-8331 ext.116
The Delta Institute:
As part of the Illinois Conservation and Climate Initiative, the Delta Institute is a certified aggregator for the CCX that allows farmers and landowners to earn greenhouse gas emission credits when they implement conservation tillage, methane capture or grass or tree plantings.
The Delta Institute
For More Information:
Phone: (312) 554-0900 x 24
C-Green Aggregators Ltd
C-Green Aggregators Ltd is now
accepting applications for carbon credit contracts from minimum or no-till
farmers for agricultural land in
C-Green Aggregators Ltd
1560-2002 Victoria Avenue
other accredited offices:
Participating credit unions
CGF brokerage 1-800-667-6378
Canadian Association of farm advisors (Dave Anderson P.AG.) 306-221-2204
Agriculture Development Corp. (Brad Farquhar) 306-347-3015
Precision Ag Services 306-457-2220
Scientists at the South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology are leading an effort to create a carbon sequestration program in
Phone: 605-394-2511 or 800-544-8162
Forecon Inc. (Forecon):
Forecon is a
multi-disciplinary forestry and natural resources company started in
National Carbon Offset Coalition, Inc. (NCOC)
National Carbon Offset Coalition, Inc. is comprised of seven
National Carbon Offset Coalition
305 W. Mercury, Room 408,
Phone: 406-723-6262 or 406-491-4471 or 406-491-4472
AgCert ™ International plc was founded in 2002 to produce and sell reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (referred to as "offsets") from agricultural sources on an industrial scale. These offsets are intended to satisfy the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol and be capable of being traded on the European cap and trade system, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme ("EU-ETS").
Toenges, Duane A.
AgCert USA Services
Office Phone: 319-373-5342
Cell Phone: 515-341-2774
1901 South Harbor City Blvd, Suite 400
Melbourne, Florida 32901 USA
The list of additional web sites for information on carbon sequestration.
CarboEurope Cluster - working to advance the understanding of carbon fixation mechanisms and to quantify the magnitude of the carbon sources/sinks for a range of European terrestrial ecosystems.
Dioxide Sequestration in Geologic Media - investigations at the Bureau of
Carbon Seqestration in Terrestrial Ecosystems (CSiTE) - established by the U.S. Department of Energy to perform fundamental research that will lead to acceptable methods to enhance carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems.
Carbon Sequestration and Trading Implications for Canadian Agriculture - discussion paper coordinated by the Soil Conservation Council of Canada.
Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture: Value and Implementation - working paper accessing the value of carbon sequestration and carbon permit trading market.
CASFOR - European Forest Institute - project exploring carbon sequestration in afforestation and sustainable forest management.
Centre for CO2 Technology - University College London (United Kingdom) - established in response to the Kyoto Protocol and the recognition that existing technologies will not be able to meet the emission targets agreed upon for carbon dioxide.
CO2 Capture Project - aims to reduce the cost of CO2 capture from combustion sources and develop methods for safely storing CO2 underground.
- ongoing project investigating the feasibility of CO2 sequestration in deep,
unmineable coals. Field demonstrations are being performed in the
Carbon Sequestration - transcript from
Fuels Decarbonization and Carbon Sequestration Workshop - report exploring the management of carbon on a global scale.
Greenfleet - specializes in reducing the environmental impacts of transportation by planting native trees to offset current CO2 emissions.
Solutions and Carbon Sequestration - feature produced by
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Laboratory for Energy and the Environment - Carbon Sequestration Initiative (CSI) - industrial consortium that will support research on carbon sequestration.
Anthropogenic CO: The Natural Carbon Cycle Reclaims Center Stage - part of the U.S. National Report to International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics 1991-1994.
Carbon Cycle - traces the movement of carbon, in its many forms, between the biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and geosphere.
Carbon Cycle, Climate, and the Long-Term Effects of Fossil Fuel Burning - Consequences article.
Carbon Cycle, The - from the online text Fundamentals of Physical Geography.
Hiilen Kierto - The Carbon Cycle - Kolets Kretslopp - Der Kreislauf des Kohlenstoffs - illustrates the occurrence of carbon in the natural world and the human impact on the carbon cycle.
NOAA Office of Global Programs - Global Carbon Cycle - program seeking to improve our ability to predict the fate of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) and future atmospheric CO2 concentrations using a combination of atmospheric and oceanic global observations, process-oriented field studies, and modeling.
Ocean Carbon-Cycle Model Intercomparison Project (OCMIP) - working to identify and understand differences between existing 3D global ocean carbon-cycle models and speed their development.
U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program (CCSP) - investigates the rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and its potential impact on future climate.
Understanding the Global Carbon Cycle - article from The Woods Hole Research Center.
USGS Global Change Research Program - Carbon Cycle Research - provides project summaries and reports.
What is the Carbon Cycle? - describes the pathway that carbon takes as it is transferred from plant to animal to atmosphere to ocean and so on.
List of publications related to water and carbon trading programs.
Getting Paid for Stewardship: An Agricultural Community Water Quality Trading Guide
Many agricultural producers already know the benefits of implementing conservation practices in their operations. Better soil, cleaner water and greater profits are just some of the advantages. What if producers could earn even more for those same conservation practices? It’s possible with water quality trading. This guide introduces the elements that are keys to the trading process, noting critical questions to keep in mind as you go.
Jackson, RB, EG Jobbágy, R Avissar, SB Roy, DJ Barrett, CW Cook, KA Farley, DC le Maitre, BA McCarl, and B C Murray. 2005. Trading Water for Carbon with Biological Carbon Sequestration. Science 310: 1944-1947.
C-Lock (Patent Pending): a System for Estimating and Certifying Carbon Emission Reduction Credits for the Sequestration of Soil Carbon on Agricultural Land . 2005. Technical paper for Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer Science and Business Media B.V., Volume 10, Number 2, p. 307-331.
Manley, J., Van Kooten, G.C., Moeltner, K., and Johnson, D.W. 2005. Creating carbon offsets in agriculture through no-till cultivation: a meta-analysis of costs and carbon benefits. Climate Change 68:41-65.
The following book has a section that explores the potential for agricultural soils to generate soil carbon credits that could be traded in the broader greenhouse gas credit market.
Kimball, J. M., Rice, C. W., Reed, D., Mooney, S., Follett,
R.F., and Lal, R. 2007. Soil Carbon Management: Economic, Environmental and Societal
Benefits. CRC press,