Nitrogen Management Protocol

The Climate Action Reserve has developed an agriculture sector Nitrogen Management 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

The Nitrogen Management Protocol is not currently undergoing revision.

Protocol Companion Documents & Tools

The relevant forms that a Project Developer may need to complete in order to submit and register a nitrogen management project are located on the Program and Project Documents webpage. Located below are tools pertinent to protocol eligibility and quantification, and a handbook for assistance with project development and verification.

Document/Tool (version) Description Protocol Version Relevance
Eligibility Lookup Tool v2.1 The Reserve has developed a Nitrogen Management Eligibility Lookup Tool to assist with determining eligibility of projects using the Nitrogen Management Protocol. Request a copy from [email protected]. Version 2.0
NMQuanTool v2.0 The Reserve has developed a Nitrogen Management Quantification Tool to assist with the quantification of projects using the Nitrogen Management Protocol. Use of the tool is mandatory for all projects. Request a copy from [email protected]. Version 2.0
Handbook for Nitrogen Management Project Development v2.0a (March 2019) The Handbook is a plain-language companion document to assist users of the NMP with project initiation, management and verification. This document will be updated periodically by Reserve staff. Version 2.0
Nitrogen Management Monitoring Plan/Report Template (April 2021) This document is intended to assist project developers in organizing project data, summarizing key aspects of a project, and to help facilitate verification. It is created at the beginning of a project, and updated over time as conditions change. Version 2.0

Protocol Development & Previous Versions

Use the links below to access information about the protocol development process of the Nitrogen Management 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 Reserve with questions or comments.