Agroforestry is the practice of integrating trees and shrubs with crops and livestock, which can strengthen sustainable farm production, environmental resilience, biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and increase economic growth. Agroforestry also supports long-term carbon sequestration, soil enrichment, and air and water quality improvements, benefiting the landowners, communities, and global climate.
The Reserve’s Mexico Forest Protocol V3.0 supports agroforestry projects and includes an updated definition, environmental safeguard, and project calculation guidance for agroforestry projects.
Check out our Agroforestry Word Search for a fun way to engage with agroforestry terms and benefits! The word search is available in both English & Spanish.
Cement is a fundamental building block for construction throughout the world. In fact, it’s the second most used material globally, and demand for it is projected to increase as much as 23 percent by 2050. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the cement sector is the third-largest industrial energy consumer in the world, responsible for seven percent of industrial energy use, and it is the second-largest industrial emitter of CO2, producing seven percent of global CO2 emissions. The IEA also cites that the direct CO2 intensity of cement production increased about 1.5 percent per year from 2015-2021.
Given the amount of emissions generated from cement production and expected increases in the future, finding the most impactful point to reduce emissions can produce significant results for the cement industry and consumers of cement throughout the world.
A transition like this needs support, and the Climate Action Reserve is excited to announce it is kicking off the development of a new protocol for low-carbon cement by incentivizing the use of cementitious materials currently going unused or in natural supply. Based on preliminary analysis of this industry, the expectation is for low-carbon cement offset credits issued under this protocol to financially support and incentivize the production and availability of alternative, more environmentally friendly cementitious products that are too cost prohibitive and inefficient to pursue currently. This support and incentivizing of technological advancements would be the first of its kind for the United States market and would reduce the need to produce more energy-intensive cement via more traditional pathways.
The Reserve’s Low-Carbon Cement Protocol would incentivize innovative replacements for ordinary portland cement (OPC), the most common and carbon-intensive type of cement. The majority of emissions from producing OPC is from a high temperature process used to produce clinker, which is cement’s main component. This high-emission clinker content can be reduced or eliminated with supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs). However, currently in the US, the supply of traditional SCMs is diminishing and the use of innovative alternatives is limited by a variety of market, institutional, financial and technology barriers.
According to the IEA, clinker substitutes and SCM replacements will become more important and creating demand for near-zero emission cement will be crucial for achieving a net zero world.
Due to interest already expressed by the cement industry in the US, the Low-Carbon Cement Protocol will initially be applicable in the US, although the Reserve anticipates that, with local regulatory review, the protocol could be adapted for other countries or regions.
As with all Reserve protocols, this Low-Carbon Cement Protocol will go through the organization’s public, transparent protocol development process, which includes public webinars, the formation of an expert work group, ongoing public consultation with any interested stakeholders, and presentation to the Reserve Board of Directors for consideration and adoption. The Reserve strongly encourages experts and participants from this industry, as well as anyone else interested in this protocol, to become involved in developing this protocol, which can be a game changer for the sector. Interested experts and participants can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kickoff webinar for development of the Reserve’s Low-Carbon Cement Protocol will take place November 3, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:00 am PST. Interested participants can register to participate here.
Updates on the protocol development process can be found here.
Join us in reading favorite & recommended books from climate leaders!
American War, by Omar El Akkad
The year is 2074, and the US has banned fossil fuels in response to rising sea levels. Breakaway states (Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, aka The Mag) quit in response and the Second Civil War breaks out. This is the backdrop to a story about refugees, shifting geopolitics, and radicalization – and one which feels believable.
The Library Book, by Susan Orlean
Part mystery, part love letter to libraries, this book tells the story of the 1986 fire at the LA Central Library (was it arson?) in alternating chapters with an exploration of the role libraries play in society now. If you’d told me that a book about libraries would make me cry, I’d never have believed you, and yet there I was, bawling at the end, reflecting on my childhood and I realised that my beloved late mom is responsible for my lifelong love of reading and writing, thanks to our old library.
Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement, by Dr. Michael Méndez
Environmental justice is the crossroads of public health and racial justice and Dr. Méndez captures this intersection in California quite eloquently while also providing recommendations for us all.
Value(s): Building a Better World for All, Mark Carney
I loved the book because it describes the four major crises we are facing (financial, health, climate change and the technology revolution) and how they are related and sets tangible action plans for leaders, companies and countries.
Stakeholder Capitalism, Klaus Schwab
A brief description on how stakeholders made the difference and put climate change (and some other ESG issue) on the top agenda of listed corporations. I think this is particularly important in our developing economies.