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The Delta P2E2 Center Carbon Program works with farmers and landowners to earn greenhouse gas emissions credits when they use conservation tillage, plant grasses and trees, or manage forests sustainably.

Carbon Offset Aggregation

The Delta Institute is a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange and is an approved aggregator. Our specialists help landowners, farmers, and foresters aggregate carbon sequestration credits and sell them on the Chicago Climate Exchange’s trading platform.

Controlling greenhouse gas emissions is fast becoming a management priority. Analysts predict that even for companies not directly subject to greenhouse gas regulation, significant emissions will eventually increase costs or reduce sales.

In North America, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX®) is a member-based market for trading carbon credits obtained by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Delta P2E2 Center helps companies, farmers, and landowners get involved in carbon trading on the CCX® by providing the following services.

Carbon Baseline Analysis
Our experts work with direct emitters, such as manufacturers, and indirect emitters, such as office-based service companies, to fulfill Chicago Climate Exchange requirements.

Develop a Carbon Emissions Footprint
A carbon emissions profile takes into account all activities that generate greenhouse gases, such as manufacturing and facility operations, corporate travel, and energy use. To develop the profile, we assess corporate data on carbon emissions, identify gaps, and fill them. This information is used to calculate a carbon emissions baseline and establish protocols for tracking changes in a company’s footprint moving forward.

Create Carbon Credits
he Delta P2E2 Center works with companies to design pollution prevention and energy efficiency strategies for reducing their carbon footprint—in some cases by a sufficient amount to generate carbon credits. Financing to implement these strategies is available through the Delta P2E2 Center.

Carbon Offset Aggregation
Both carbon dioxide and methane are greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The Chicago Climate Exchange specifies a range of eligible conservation practices for reducing these greenhouse gases and allows benefits from these practices to be quantified, credited, and sold. Credits are aggregated, or pooled, from many different producers and landowners for sale to CCX® members—large companies, municipalities, and institutions that have made voluntary commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These organizations agree either to reduce their own emissions or to offset their emissions by purchasing credits generated by other organizations or by farmers and landowners.

Quantify Credits from Eligible Conservation Practices
Experts from the Delta P2E2 Center can help farmers and landowners identify, quantify and aggregate credits resulting from eligible conservation practices.

Conservation Farming
The Chicago Climate Exchange allows carbon credits from conservation practices including continuous no-till and strip-till farming. The producer or landowner must make a contractual commitment through 2010. The carbon benefit is credited at 0.2 to 0.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per acre per year, depending on location.

Grass Plantings
A contractual commitment through 2010 to maintain grass plantings must be made by the producer or landowner. Permanent grass plantings implemented after January 1, 1999 can be credited at 0.4 or 1.0 metric tons of CO2 per year, depending on location.

Tree Planting
Projects involving afforestation--direct human-induced conversion of non-forested or degraded land into forest--are eligible if initiated on or after January 1, 1990. Eligible plantings can earn between 0.251 and 7.572 metric tons of CO2 per acre per year, depending on stand age/type and location.

Sustainable Forest Management
Projects involving sustainably managed forestlands require a third-party certification approved by the Chicago Climate Exchange Forestry Committee. At this time, eligible programs include the Independently Managed Groups of the American Tree Farm System (detailed here), Forest Stewardship Council, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Annual carbon sequestration values are based on stand inventories run through a growth-and-yield model.

Methane Digesters
Eligible methane digesters are those that were in operation any time after 1999 and have installed biogas flow monitoring and/or electrical metering equipment. Methane is credited at 21 metric tons of CO2 per ton of methane, per year.

Aggregate and Trade Credits
The Delta P2E2 Center serves as aggregator to sell carbon credits on behalf of producers or landowners. All credits are traded on the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX®). The market price per metric ton of carbon varies. For current market prices see Sale proceeds are returned to the producer/landowner minus a per-ton trading fee from CCX®, and an aggregation fee.

Enroll in the Carbon Trading Program
Contact the Delta P2E2 Center or visit the Delta Carbon site for an application form and contract, then complete and return the forms. CCX® requires that all projects be subject to verification by an independent party. The Delta P2E2 Center, as aggregator, will arrange for verification. Once verification reports are sent to CCX®, trading can occur.

Contact Delta Institute

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53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 230
Chicago, Illinois  60604
Phone: (312) 554-0900 x 14
Fax: (312) 554-0193


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