Offset Credit System Protocols


The Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation replaces the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation on January 1, 2018. Updated regulations and publications are available at:

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Alberta Carbon Offset System Standards and Guidance

The Standard for Greenhouse Gas Emission Offset Project Developers replaces the Technical Guidance for Offset Project Developers effective January 1, 2018. The Standard for Verification replaces the Technical Guidance for Verifications at Reasonable Level Assurance effective January 1, 2018.

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.

Documents for 30-day Comment

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 Quantification Protocol for Aerobic Composting

Draft Quantification Protocol for Biogas Production and Combustion

Draft Quantification Protocol for Engine Fuel Management and Vent Gas Capture

Draft Quantification Protocol for Landfill Gas Capture and Combustion

Draft Quantification Protocol for Waste Heat Recovery

Draft Technical Guidance for the Assessment of Additionality

Drafts Previously Posted for 30-Day Comment (Comments No Longer Accepted)

Stakeholder Information

Withdrawn Protocols

The following protocols have been withdrawn 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.

Carbon Emission Offset Mailing List

This automatic email system distributes information pertaining to the Alberta Emission Offset program to subscribers. This list and the department’s web site are the primary sources of information and updates on emission offsets in Alberta.

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Updated: Apr 6, 2018