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 commencing a significant revision and expansion to its Nitrogen Management Project Protocol (NMPP) in Spring 2017. As a first step, in late 2016, the Reserve issued a Nitrogen Management Stakeholder Survey to gather feedback and recommendations from stakeholders involved in the development and/or implementation of the NMPP and/or other agricultural offset protocols and methodologies on the future expansion of the protocol. The results of the survey are summarized in the Nitrogen Management Survey Results Memo below.

On March 15, 2017 the Reserve held a webinar to go over the results of this survey, the biggest takeaways, and next steps for the protocol revision as discussed in the memo. Meeting materials are available below.

The Reserve will be relaunching the NMPP stakeholder workgroup later this Spring, and hopes to present an expanded NMPP Version 2.0 to the Reserve Board of Directors for adoption this Fall. To express interest in participating in the protocol workgroup, please fill out the Stakeholder Statement of Interest form and email it to

Please contact Trevor Anderson 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.