Soil Enrichment Protocol

The Soil Enrichment Protocol (SEP) provides guidance on how to quantify, monitor, report, and verify agricultural practices that enhance carbon storage in soils. The primary GHG benefit targeted is the accrual of additional carbon in agricultural soils, with hopes to incentivize GHG emission reductions from other sources, such as N2O from fertilizer use. The protocol was adopted by the Reserve Board of Directors in September 2020.

Protocol Revisions

The Soil Enrichment Protocol is not undergoing revision at this time.

Protocol Companion Documents & Tools

The documents and tools below are companions to the protocol and must be used for project development and verification oversight.

Document/Tool
SEP Model Requirements and Guidance v1.0a
SEP Parameters v1.0a
SEP Additionality Tool v1.0a
SEP Uncertainty Example Spreadsheet v1.0a

Protocol Development

The protocol development process for the Soil Enrichment Protocol involved a multi-stakeholder workgroup, public comment period, and responses to public comments. For more information, please visit:

Please contact [email protected] with questions or comments.