Global interest in carbon offset projects is increasing, with the subsequent demand for the validation and verification of trees planted by Tree Canada increasing as well. As part of this trend, individuals, event organizers, organizations and companies increasingly see value in Tree Canada being able to provide greater assurance of the GHG impact of its plantings. Comparisons of offset programs are continually being made by various institutes to assist customers seeking reliable ways to offset GHG emissions. In response to these customer and client demands, Tree Canada has sought to create a carbon standard to increase the rigour of the validation and verification of the carbon offsets created by its plantings.
This standard is intended to provide guidance to Tree Canada in planning and developing projects, preparing its contractual arrangements with field contractors and project sponsors, monitoring the projects, and calculating the amount of offset credits that are generated. The protocol will discuss monitoring and, to a lesser extent, verification, and may be used to assist third-party verifiers that may be engaged by Tree Canada to verify the offsets created from its projects.