Adipic Acid Production Protocol

The Reserve is developing an Adipic Acid Production Protocol that will provide guidance on how to quantify, monitor, report, and verify nitrous oxide (N2O) emission reductions at adipic acid production facilities.

The draft protocol is available for public review below. The protocol will be presented to the Reserve Board of Directors on September 30, 2020.

Public Comments

The public comment period ended on August 31, 2020. The Reserve has responded to all comments received; please see the submitted public comment and response to comments below.

Public Comment Webinar

The Reserve hosted a public webinar on August 12, 2020 to discuss the draft protocol and solicit public comments.

Public Scoping Meeting

The Reserve hosted a public scoping meeting on September 17, 2019 to discuss this new project type. The presentation slides and meeting video are available below.

Issue Paper and Proposed Protocol

This issue paper, developed by ClimeCo, reviews the potential to reduce GHG emissions and generate voluntary offset credits, or Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRTs), by creating an Adipic Acid Production Protocol through the Climate Action Reserve. It summarizes the existing literature, reviews data and quantification methodologies related to adipic acid emissions abatement, and leverages lessons learned from historical international projects. Because adipic acid production and GHG abatement technology closely mirrors the production and abatement of GHGs from nitric acid production, this issue paper relies heavily on the Reserve’s existing Nitric Acid Production Protocol.


The Adipic Acid Production Protocol is being developed through the Reserve’s multi-stakeholder workgroup process. The Reserve strives to create a well-balanced workgroup consisting of industry representatives, environmental NGOs, project developers, verification bodies, independent consultants, academia, and government bodies. Workgroup member organizations include:

Carbonomics, LLC Öko-Institut
ClimeCo Corporation Ruby Canyon Engineering, Inc
Element Markets  

Stakeholders not chosen to be part of the workgroup are welcome to participate in the process as “observers.” Observers may attend workgroup meetings in listen-only mode, comment on the draft protocol when it is released for public comment, and attend the public webinar held during the public comment period.

Workgroup Meetings

Adipic Acid Production Protocol V1.0 Workgroup Meeting 3
July 1, 2020
Presentation Slides
Meeting Video

Adipic Acid Production Protocol V1.0 Workgroup Meeting 2
November 13, 2019
Meeting Agenda
Adipic Acid Production Protocol Version 1.0 – Workgroup Draft for Comment
Presentation Slides
Meeting Video

Adipic Acid Production Protocol V1.0 Workgroup Meeting 1
October 8, 2019
Meeting Agenda
Presentation Slides
Meeting Video

Protocol Development Timeline

The following timeline will be updated as the protocol development process unfolds.

Public scoping meeting September 17, 2019
Staff conducts internal research and drafts protocol September 2019
First workgroup meeting October 8, 2019
Second workgroup meeting to discuss draft protocol November 13, 2019
Third workgroup meeting to discuss draft protocol July 1, 2020
Public comment period July 31 – August 31, 2020
Public comment webinar August 12, 2020
Protocol presented to Reserve Board for approval September 30, 2020

Please contact [email protected] with questions or comments.