Rangeland Compost Protocol

In October 2014, the American Carbon Registry (ACR) accepted the rangeland compost protocol, Compost Additions to Grazed Grasslands, developed by MCP and our partners. Ranchers may now use the protocol to increase carbon sequestration on their land, have it independently verified and generate tradable carbon offset credits.

The new protocol has the potential to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 28 million metric tons per year if compost can be applied to just 5 percent of California’s rangelands. That’s equivalent to removing nearly 6 million cars from the road.

Details of the protocol are available on ACR's website.

MCP has been working to develop and submit this protocol for inclusion in the carbon market. ACR is one of the leading carbon registries in California that reviews and advances protocols for carbon offset credits.