The U.S. Organic Waste Digestion (OWD) Protocol provides an accurate GHG accounting methodology for GHG reduction projects that divert and anaerobically digest eligible organic waste and/or wastewater streams that otherwise would have gone to uncontrolled anaerobic storage, treatment and disposal systems such as solid waste landfills or on-site anaerobic wastewater treatment facilities. The protocol also addresses the co-digestion of eligible organic waste streams with livestock manure. This protocol was first adopted by the Reserve Board in October 2009.
- U.S. Organic Waste Digestion Protocol Version 2.1 (January 16, 2014)
- Errata and Clarifications to the U.S. Organic Waste Digestion Protocol Version 2.1 (November 1, 2018)
- U.S. Organic Waste Digestion Protocol Summary
- Effect of New Waste Diversion Mandates on Reserve Projects (Seattle, California) (January 14, 2015)
Project Registration Documents
|Organic Waste Digestion Project Submittal Form||A proposal to undertake an organic waste digestion project.||Project Submittal||Public|
|Baseline Diagram: Digesting Agro-Industrial Wastewater||A diagrammatic representation of the waste management system(s) existing prior to project implementation if the project is digesting agro-industrial wastewater.||Project Submittal||Public|
|Baseline Diagram: Co-Digesting Manure||A diagrammatic representation of the manure management system(s) existing prior to project implementation if the project is co-digesting with manure.||Project Submittal||Public|
|Project System Diagram||A project diagram is required for non-sequestration projects. See the example diagrams for recommended format and content.||Verification||Private|
|OWD Project Monitoring Report Template||This report is required when a project elects to take a zero-credit reporting period (see section 3.4.7 of the Reserve Program Manual for more information).||Verification||Private|
Protocol Development & Previous Versions
Use the links below to access information about the protocol development process of the U.S. OWD 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.