Road-testing Improved Forest Management Offset Protocols

Staff: Lee, C.M. ; Smith, G. ; Carney, K.
Date: 2010-2011

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets ; Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This research compares the draft U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders forest management protocol with protocols from four other offset programs: the American Carbon Registry (ACR), the Climate Action Reserve, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). We road-test these protocols for four sample projects that vary by project location and starting carbon stock levels to reveal why protocols differ in the number of offsets generated from the same sample project.