The design of agricultural climate policy must be informed by the best available science and should be adaptable over time to integrate improved science.
Only quantifiable and verifiable programs and activities that deliver net reductions of atmospheric GHG concentrations should be rewarded.
Accelerating innovation is critical to delivering substantial net reductions in atmospheric GHG concentrations. Many innovators are early actors and the results delivered by their actions should be recognized.
Only net reductions of atmospheric GHG concentrations beyond business as usual should be rewarded.
Programs and activities should provide for continued storage of sequestered carbon over timeframes that are meaningful in the context of mitigating climate change.
A comprehensive accounting should be made of all GHG’s impacted by a program or activity.
Programs and activities should identify social and non-GHG environmental impacts and take steps to mitigate those impacts where possible. Contributions to social and community well-being; conservation of biodiversity; and improvements to soil, air and water quality should be encouraged.
Activities that generate multiple environmental benefits that can be clearly identified should potentially qualify for multiple credits or incentives.
Stakeholders should be engaged in a transparent, accountable consultation process with program administrators. The consultation process should take account of comments and suggestions from stakeholders in the design of technical standards.
David Antonioli, Voluntary Carbon Standard Association
Steve Apfelbaum, Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
Andrew Arnold, SureHarvest
Ricardo Bayon, EKO Asset Management Partners
Jason Clay, World Wildlife Fund
Craig Cox, Environmental Working Group
Steve De Gryze, Terra Global Capital, LLC
Jeff Dlott, SureHarvest
Keith Driver, Blue Source Canada
Leslie Durschinger, Terra Global Capital, LLC
Karen Haugen-Kozyra, Climate Change Central
Eric Holst, Environmental Defense Fund
John Kadyszewski, Winrock International
Alexia Kelly, World Resources Institute
John Kimble, Consultant
Rattan Lal, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center,
OARDC/FAES, The Ohio State University
Timothy LaSalle, The Rodale Institute
Daniella Malin, Sustainable Food Lab
Liz Mathern, North Dakota Farmers Union
Ken Newcombe, C-Quest Capital LLC
Lydia Olander, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
Phil Ovitt, C-Quest Capital LLC
Debbie Reed, DRD Associates
Walt Reid, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Charles Rice, Kansas State University
Bill Salas, Applied Geosolutions, Inc.
Gia Schneider, EKO Asset Management Partners
Jerry Seager, Voluntary Carbon Standard Association
Johan Six, University of California-Davis
Charlotte Streck, Climate Focus
Roger Williams, Blue Source
Climate Change Central
EKO Asset Management Partners
Environmental Defense Fund
National Farmers Union
North Dakota Farmers Union
The Earth Partners and Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
Voluntary Carbon Standard Association
Members of the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases propose the following guiding principles for designing policy
to enable the agricultural sector to participate effectively in the effort to mitigate climate change.
Carbon and Agriculture: Getting Measurable Results is a C-AGG Report providing information useful for designing policies and programs to realize agriculture’s potential contributions to Greenhouse Gas mitigation.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's goals, through the use of grants, are to improve the lives of children, enable creative pursuit of science, advance reproductive health, and conserve and restore earth’s natural systems.