The Climate Trust is actively originating a portfolio of projects that generate carbon credits. We work with developers before projects are implemented to maximize the revenue a project is able to realize from its carbon asset. We purchase and retire carbon credits for our existing programs and market credits to the voluntary, pre-compliance and compliance markets in the United States. We are also piloting and testing new innovation models in the agriculture sector.
The Climate Trust currently has five programs for which we are purchasing and retiring credits. The unique requirements of each program are described below:
- Oregon Program -This compliance program is actively funding innovative projects in the forestry, agriculture and transportation sectors that meet high quality standards in reducing carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Utilities have relied on The Climate Trust to finance and effectively manage numerous greenhouse gas reduction projects in eight different sectors. The Climate Trust is responsible for managing carbon funds; originating, contracting, and managing carbon projects, and registering and retiring carbon credits on behalf of regulated utilities.
- Smart Energy - Since 2007, The Climate Trust’s innovative partnership has been expanding with NW Natural Smart Energy™, a voluntary carbon program that allows customers to offset the emissions from their natural gas. The program focuses investments in biogas projects, in which the methane from cow manure and other organic waste is captured and turned into energy. The successful program has enrolled over 13,500 residential and commercial customers, and invested in four projects in Oregon and Washington that are anticipated to deliver more than 135,000 tons of carbon credits.
- Colorado Carbon Fund - The Climate Trust has grown the Colorado Carbon Fund (CCF) in partnership with the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, and has now taken over administration of the program. The CCF is the first and only state-sponsored voluntary carbon program in the U.S., that has helped over 2,000 individuals, business owners and event planners measure and reduce their carbon footprint. CCF is currently operating six emission reduction projects in the state of Colorado, and has retired credits from the Larimer Landfill project.
- Washington Program - This small compliance program targets projects that can be certified under the Climate Action Reserve or the Voluntary Carbon Standard, with a preference for projects in the state of Washington. All greenhouse gases are eligible.
- Massachusetts Program - This compliance program of up to $450,000 seeks projects that can be certified under the Climate Action Reserve or Voluntary Carbon Standard, with a preference for projects in Massachusetts or New England. All greenhouse gases are eligible.
- Rural Farms and Climate Change Initiative - The objective of the Rural Farms and Climate Change Initiative is to create economic incentives for farmers and ranchers to engage in sustainable 'climate friendly' agriculture, protecting the environment and enhancing the quality of life for rural communities. Improving the sustainability of operations is only the first step; we also work to expand farmer outreach and education to replicate these sustainable practices by sharing ‘success stories’ from leading early adopters. Innovative practices that we will advance through this initiative include improved nutrient and rangeland management, avoided grassland conversion, use of bio-fertilizers, biochar, and new dairy biogas/digester facilities.
If you have questions or want to discuss a project concept, please contact Senior Project Analyst Peter Weisberg at 503.238.1915 x207.
Step 1: Submit a Project Information Note.
For forestry projects, submit a Forestry Project Information Note
Step 2: Upon The Climate Trust's request, submit a Project Information Document.
Step 3: Negotiate an Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement.