The Reserve is developing a Soil Enrichment Protocol (SEP) that will provide guidance on how to quantify, monitor, report, and verify agricultural practices that enhance carbon storage in soils. The primary GHG benefit targeted will be the accrual of additional carbon in agricultural soils, with hopes to incentivize GHG emission reductions from other sources, such as N2O from fertilizer use.
Protocol development is being generously funded by Indigo Ag, who is partnering with the Reserve on this effort. The protocol is expected to be presented to the Reserve Board of Directors in June 2020; see the development timeline below.
Public Scoping Meeting
The Reserve hosted a public scoping meeting on January 15, 2020 to discuss this new project type. The webinar recording is available below and the presentation slides will be available soon.
The Soil Enrichment Protocol will be developed through the Reserve’s multi-stakeholder workgroup process. The Reserve strives to create a well-balanced workgroup consisting of industry representatives, project developers, farmers, environmental NGOs, verification bodies, independent consultants, academia, and government bodies. Workgroup member organizations include:
|Alliance of Crop Soil and Environmental Science Societies||OpenTEAM, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment|
|California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)||Salk Institute|
|Colorado State University||SES, Inc.|
|Continuum Ag||Shell International Exploration and Production Inc.|
|C-Quest Capital||Sierra View Consulting|
|Delta Institute||The Nature Conservancy|
|Goodson Ranch LP||TREES Consulting LLC|
|Indigo Ag, Inc.||University of California, Berkeley|
|Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University||Viresco Solutions Inc|
|NativeEnergy||Woods Hole Research Center|
|Natural Resources Conservation Service||World Resources Institute|
Interested stakeholders 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. Please email [email protected] if interested in participating as an observer.
Protocol Development Timeline
The following timeline will be updated as the protocol development process unfolds.
|Public scoping meeting||January 15|
|SOI form deadline||January 17|
|Staff conducts internal research and drafts protocol||January|
|First workgroup meeting||February 6|
|Second workgroup meeting||Late February|
|Third workgroup meeting at NACW||April 2 (tentative)|
|Public comment period||April – May|
|Protocol presented to Reserve Board for approval||Expected June 10|
- Soil Organic Carbon Scoping Paper (September 23, 2019)
- Soil Enrichment Protocol Workgroup Statement of Interest
Please contact [email protected] with questions or comments.