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• Mission: To provide expertise, financing, and inspiration to 
accelerate innovative climate solutions that endure 
• Car...
A bit of history… 
• The Climate Trust was founded in 1997 to acquire 
carbon offsets on behalf of new power plants 
regul...
Lessons Learned: 
• By 2012, 98% of transacted forest carbon offsets 
certified to a project standard 
• Consolidated, sta...
Key takeaways: 
• Carbon projects work best when they fit overall 
land management goals. 
• Carbon projects need to make ...
Many commonalities across Standards, 
but differences matter 
• Project Start Date and timing of first and 
subsequent Ver...
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Overview of Forestry Protocols

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An introduction to the intersection of Forestry protocols and carbon markets.

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Overview of Forestry Protocols

  1. 1. • Mission: To provide expertise, financing, and inspiration to accelerate innovative climate solutions that endure • Carbon Asset Management – compliance and voluntary programs (OR, WA, MT, MA, CA, Colorado Carbon Fund, NW Natural Smart Energy) – $15.5M in 10 project sectors, focus on agriculture, forestry, and biogas • Climate Services • Policies & Standards
  2. 2. A bit of history… • The Climate Trust was founded in 1997 to acquire carbon offsets on behalf of new power plants regulated by the Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard • Developed processes in house to evaluate and compare potential projects, quantify, verify, and register offsets  Oregon Standard – Deschutes Riparian Reforestation – Arlecho Creek Forest Preservation – Ecuadorian Rainforest Restoration
  3. 3. Lessons Learned: • By 2012, 98% of transacted forest carbon offsets certified to a project standard • Consolidated, standardized protocols reduce risks and costs for all participants; creating these and support infrastructure for customized expensive, complex • Standards and protocols need to be accurate, transparent, conservative, and practical • Quality matters • Scale and support infrastructure matter
  4. 4. Key takeaways: • Carbon projects work best when they fit overall land management goals. • Carbon projects need to make business sense: – Costs – Carbon offset volumes – Timing matters • Identifying a buyer willing to make a contractual commitment to purchase offsets at volume and terms sufficient to cover the costs of developing and maintaining the project is critical
  5. 5. Many commonalities across Standards, but differences matter • Project Start Date and timing of first and subsequent Verifications • Included carbon pools • Length of commitment, flexibility mechanisms • Forest Certification requirements • Treatment of Aggregation

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