Resources

For additional information, please visit the Cap-and-Trade Program section of the Air Resources Board (ARB) website.

Guidance on Early Action and Compliance Protocols

Guidance for Transitioning Early Action Forest Projects to the California Air Resources Board’s Compliance Offset Protocol (March 19, 2015)
Process for Transitioning Credits to ARBOCs (October 30, 2013)
Forest Project Guidance: Tree Height Estimation (May 13, 2013)

Comparisons Between Reserve and ARB Protocols

Calculation Tools

The Climate Action Reserve has created tools to assist account holders who are developing livestock and U.S. forest projects under the Compliance Offset Protocols. Use of these tools is optional, but only the most current version should be used for project quantification. Please note that these tools have not been officially sanctioned by the California Air Resources Board.

Tool Description COP
COP Tool Version 2011d (May 2014)
COP Tool Version 2014b (April 2015)
The Beta Livestock COP Tools assist with the quantification of modeled and metered emission reductions for compliance livestock projects. This tool is made available to Reserve account holders upon request.
To receive a copy, please send an e-mail to reserve@climateactionreserve.org. In the body of the e-mail, please include the following information:

  1. Reserve Project ID number
  2. Dates of the current reporting period for your project
  3. Version of the Compliance Offset Protocol for which the tool will be used
Compliance Offset Protocol – Livestock Projects
(October 20, 2011 and November 14, 2014)
COP Monitoring Calculation Worksheet – Avoided Conversion
(July 2015)
COP Monitoring Calculation Worksheet – Improved Forest Management
(July 2015)
COP Monitoring Calculation Worksheet – Reforestation
(July 2015)
The COP Monitoring Calculation Worksheet is an Excel file designed to help OPO/APDs organize their data and facilitate verification over the span of the project’s crediting period. This tool is made available to Reserve account holders upon request.
To receive a copy, please send an e-mail to reserve@climateactionreserve.org. In the body of the e-mail, please include the following information:

  1. Reserve Project ID number
  2. Dates of the current reporting period for your project
  3. U.S. Forest project type
Compliance Offset Protocol – U.S. Forest Projects
(October 20, 2011 and November 14, 2014)
COP Harvested Wood Products Worksheet (July 2015) The Harvested Wood Products Worksheet is an Excel file that will process a compliance project’s harvest data, as well as calculate project carbon and assist in the calculation of baseline carbon from harvested wood products for each reporting period. This tool is designed to be used in conjunction with the Monitoring Calculation Worksheet and can be made available to Reserve account holders upon request.
To receive a copy, please send an e-mail to reserve@climateactionreserve.org. In the body of the e-mail, please include the following information:

  1. Reserve Project ID number
  2. Dates of the current reporting period for your project
Compliance Offset Protocol – U.S. Forest Projects
(October 20, 2011 and November 14, 2014)