Offset Protocol Development

Mitigation/Offset Protocols Explained

A greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation protocol (or offset protocol) represents an accepted, technically sound method for quantifying the emission reductions associated with a particular project type, such as wind power, forestry, landfill gas, acid gas injection or biofuels production.

In most compliance mitigation systems, the system regulator requires that a relevant protocol be in place before a project can be quantified. This is also the case in all reputable voluntary mitigation programs.

Basically, mitigation protocols and methodologies ensure that generated offsets are real, permanent, measurable, verifiable, surplus and additional.

Experts in Protocol Development

Developing a protocol requires technical expertise in both GHG quantification and the technology or project type. Our technical services team expertly combines these knowledge bases to effectively and efficiently develop new protocols, helping our clients realize mitigation credits from the cutting edge of their activities.

Our team developed 25 of the original 29 protocols for the Alberta system, the eight modules of the British Columbia oil and gas meta-protocol, U.S.-based protocols for CCS, intermodal transportation, idling reduction, energy efficiency and fuel switching, and an Ozone Depleting Substances protocol for the voluntary market in Canada.

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