China Adipic Acid Production Protocol development

The Climate Action Reserve is developing a China Adipic Acid Production Protocol. This protocol will provide guidance on how to quantify, monitor, report, and verify nitrous oxide (N2O) emission reductions at adipic acid production facilities in China. In 2015, annual global production was estimated at over 3 million metric tons, with China and the United States representing the two largest sources of global production. Although growth of adipic acid production has slowed in the U.S., production in China is projected to grow at 5.5%, faster than any other nation. With N2O having a global warming potential 273 times that of CO2, the China Adipic Acid Production Protocol will incentivize the installation and use of N2O emission control technology to reduce N2O emissions.

Local Stakeholder Engagement

The Reserve seeks to engage stakeholders throughout the China Adipic Acid Production Protocol development process to identify and incorporate applicable laws, norms, and conditions applicable to the adipic acid industry in China. Stakeholders interested in the protocol process should complete the Local Engagement form below and submit it to [email protected] to help ensure that you receive the appropriate notifications for public engagement opportunities during protocol development.


The China 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, project developers, environmental NGOs, verification bodies, independent consultants, academia, and government bodies. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to apply by filling out the application below and submitting it to [email protected] by Friday, March 17, 2023. All workgroup meetings will have simultaneous translation in Mandarin, as well as presentation slides available in both English and Mandarin.

Stakeholders not selected or interested in the workgroup are encouraged to participate in the process as “observers.” Observers may attend workgroup meetings in listen-only mode, submit written comments on the draft methodology when it is available for public comment, and attend the public webinar(s) held during the public comment period.

Workgroup drafts

Kickoff Webinar

The Reserve held a public webinar on March 6, 2023, to kickoff the development of the China Adipic Acid Production Protocol with simultaneous translation from English to Mandarin.

Development Timeline

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

Protocol kickoff webinar March 6, 2023 (USA)
| March 7, 2023 (China)
Workgroup SOIs due March 17, 2023
Formation of workgroup March 2023
Workgroup meetings March/April 2023
Public comment period Spring 2023
Protocol presented to Reserve Board for approval Summer/Fall 2023

Technical and Financial Support

Partial funding and technical support were provided by ClimeCo.