Nitrogen Management Project Protocol

The Climate Action Reserve has developed an agriculture sector Nitrogen Management Project Protocol to provide guidance on how to quantify, monitor, and verify greenhouse gas emission reductions from improving nitrogen use efficiency in crop production. The protocol was first adopted by the Reserve Board in June 2012.

Protocol Revisions

With the generous support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, under the Conservation Innovation Grant program (grant number 69-3A75-16-016), the Reserve is launching a significant revision and expansion to its Nitrogen Management Project Protocol (NMPP) in Fall 2016. As a first step, the Reserve is seeking feedback from stakeholders that have been involved in the development and/or implementation of the NMPP and/or other agricultural offset protocols and methodologies through a stakeholder survey: Nitrogen Management Stakeholder Survey.

All survey responses are anonymous, but stakeholders are given the opportunity to identify themselves. The Reserve also encourages stakeholders to share this survey with colleagues!! Responses to the survey are due Monday, October 17. 

The Reserve plans to relaunch the NMPP stakeholder workgroup this Fall and responses to this survey will help guide next steps. The Reserve hopes to present an expanded NMPP, version 2.0, to the Reserve’s Board of Directors for adoption next Spring.

Please contact Teresa Lang at with any questions, additional feedback, and/or resources.

As always, on an ongoing basis, the Reserve will also accept submittals of data that could be used to develop new or expand upon existing quantification methodologies. For additional information, please see the following webpage: Submitting Data for Future Expansion.

Protocol Development & Previous Versions

Use the links below to access information about the protocol development process of the Nitrogen Management Project Protocol. Public comments, staff responses to public comments, workgroup participants, and other supporting documents can also be found here.

Click a version of the protocol below to access more information:

Please contact the Policy Team with questions or comments.