Offset Credit System Protocols

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Alberta Carbon Offset System Guidance

Approved Quantification Protocols

1 Protocol is undergoing review to address known risks in the protocol. No new offset projects will be accepted under these protocols until the reviews are complete or the project has received written approval from the Climate Change Office. Please contact the Climate Change Office for additional guidance and more information.

Please contact the Climate Change Office to obtain background information that supports the protocols such as comments tables, technical seed documents for protocols.

Carbon Offset Emission Factors Handbook

The Carbon Offset Emission Factors Handbook contains a listing of common emission factors as well as common quantification methodologies. The Handbook includes the Quantification of Avoided Landfill and Stockpile Methane Emissions. The Handbook will be updated periodically to reflect changes in methodologies and emission factors. Current projects will be required to transfer go updated factors if they receive a project extension.

Draft Documents under Development

Alberta's protocol development process can be found in the protocol guidance document above. Protocol developers must adhere to each step in order for the protocols to be approved for use.

Prior to approval, all draft protocols and guidance documents are posted for a 30-day public review and comment period.

To comment on a document:

  1. Review each document.
  2. Make your comments for each document using the comments forms provided.
  3. When you have finished making comments, save the comments form to your desktop.
  4. Forward your completed comments form to:

Draft Standard for Greenhouse Gas Emission Offset Project Developers

Quantification Protocol for Greenhouse Gas Reductions from Pneumatic Devices

Quantification Protocol for Aerobic Composting

Terminated Protocols

The following protocols have been terminated and are no longer available for use in the Alberta offset system.

3The Quantification Protocol for Tillage System Management (February 2009) has been replaced with the Quantification Protocol for Conservation Cropping (March 2012) effective January 1, 2012 for offset credits generated in 2012 and forward. Opportunity to claim offset credits under the Quantification Protocol for Tillage System Management (February 2009) expired December 31, 2011 for vintage year 2002 to 2011 credits inclusively. Project developers bringing forward historic offset credits under this protocol have until September 30, 2012 to claim 2011 vintage credits. First Nations have until March 31, 2013 to claim historic tillage system management projects for vintage years 2002 to 2011.

4The Quantification Protocol Reducing Days on Feed of Beef Cattle has been replaced with the Quantification Protocol for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fed Cattle.

Stakeholder Information

Carbon Emission Offset Mailing List

The department has an automatic emailing system that distributes air quality modelling related information to subscribers. This e-mail list, along with the department website, is the main mode by which air quality model users are informed regarding department policy and model updates. Subscription to this list is open to all department staff, industry, NGO's and consultants, as well as members of the general public.

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Contact Us

For more information, or to provide feedback or comments, please contact department staff by phone at 780-427-5200 (for toll free access anywhere in Alberta, first dial 310-0000), or by email at:


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Updated: Mar 27, 2017