Building the Market for Biochar Through Greenhouse Gas and Water Quality Incentive Programs

Presented by Ryan Anderson on August 8, 2014

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After several years of development, the American Carbon Registry has released its draft Methodology for Emissions Reductions from Biochar Projects (expected to be finalized summer 2014) to quantify and credit avoided emissions from biomass combustion/decomposition as well as long-term increases in soil carbon sequestration. Credits from verified projects can then be transacted on the voluntary market, creating a new revenue stream for both pyrolysis operators and landowners. This presentation will provide an overview of the new methodology and emerging opportunities for implementation in the Midwest, particularly around row crop agriculture and urban forestry. The session will also explore connections to state and regional water quality initiatives, which may create additional credit opportunities for agricultural projects that reduce nutrient runoff.