Can the Carbon Credit be produced by any agricultural production system?
06.02.2023 - 16hs

Can the Carbon Credit be produced by any agricultural production system?

In summary, it is not any agricultural production system that can produce carbon credits, only projects that really reduce GHGs, clearly demonstrating the rigorous criteria can generate carbon credits that can be commercialized.

The answer to this question is no. However, it is possible to generate credits in any agricultural system, as long as the reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are proven. Once GHG emissions are monitored, reported and verified, actions such as soil management, use of organic fertilizers, crop rotation and integrated production systems can produce carbon credits. So, therefore, for a project to be valid, it must follow strict regulations, in addition to being certified by accredited and independent organizations.

A carbon credit represents a tonne of CO2 equivalent (tCO2 e.) sequestered or not emitted. Therefore, only agricultural production systems that generate reductions or removals of GHGs are capable of producing carbon credits. This includes, for example, projects that promote regenerative agriculture, organic waste management, water use management and the implementation of agroforestry systems.

What are some of the requirements that an agricultural project needs to meet in order to generate carbon credits

An agricultural project needs to meet the following requirements to generate carbon credits: 

Be verified by an accredited certification body.
Apply agricultural practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake.
Demonstrate a proven reduction in emissions or increase in carbon sequestration.
Adopt monitoring and verification measures to ensure the continuity of agricultural practices added to the system.
Comply with national and international regulations for recording carbon credits.

Note: The process may vary depending on the region and specific regulation.

Understanding the concepts of Additionality and Permanence

Additionality and permanence are key concepts for registering and implementing a Carbon Credit generation project. It is these two important elements that will guarantee the project its true function of reducing and sequestering Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere.

Additionality represents practices implemented in the production system capable of reducing or removing GHGs from the atmosphere. In other words, additionality means that a given project is adding practices capable of transforming the system's production methods, making it a less polluting system, or even a CO2 storer.

Permanence represents something complementary to additionality. This concept refers to the permanent continuity of practices implemented in the production system throughout the project's execution time. Therefore, permanence guarantees that the sequestered carbon is not returned to the environment in the form  .

Some agricultural productions with the potential to generate carbon credits include:

1 Precision agriculture
2 Agroforestry
3 No-tillage
4 Crop-Livestock-Forest Integration
5 Crop-Livestock Integration
6 Pasture Recovery
7 Crop Rotation
8 Green adubation 

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