Our world’s natural landscape, including its forests, grasslands, and wetlands, contributes much to how we sustain our way of life. These habitats and the living organisms within them contribute to the overall sustainability of our food supply, protect us from natural disasters, provide us with recreational opportunities, and support jobs that help boost our economies. They also contribute significantly to the health of our environment. Nature-based solutions (NBS) is the term applied to the sustainable management of our natural resources to address socio-environmental challenges, including water pollution and security, human health, and climate change.
ClimeCo is currently working within the following natural resource areas: Grasslands, Mangroves, Wetlands, and Forests (click below to learn more). ClimeCo has the skills to implement NBS that deliver both ecosystem benefits and financial value by leveraging environmental markets, allowing clients to reduce their carbon footprint, mitigate future emissions, and/or strive for net-zero emissions.
Climate Forward is a Climate Action Reserve program that provides a practical solution for companies and organizations that seek cost-effective mitigation of anticipated GHG emissions. The program is designed to incentivize the development of innovative carbon sequestration projects that are often difficult to scale under traditional offset programs because it allows for upfront crediting during the early stages of a project. This program, which encourages project investments today, offers significant benefits for potential credit buyers by allowing them to directly partner with the developer at the beginning of the project. The credits generated from this program, called Forecasted Mitigation Units (FMUs), are awarded at the beginning of the project’s crediting period, providing an added source of funding to support continued project activities. Click here to learn more about the Climate Forward program.
First Reforestation Climate Forward Project
ClimeCo has been actively involved with the Climate Forward program on a unique reforestation project in the Mississippi River Basin. Championed by Restore the Earth Foundation, the project seeks to restore a total of one million acres of degraded forests, beginning with 5,000 acres of the historic Bald Cypress forest in Pointe-aux-Chenes, Louisiana. The monetization of FMUs from this project today will help fund additional project phases, which would typically be non-feasible under traditional offset programs.
To learn more about this Climate Forward project, click here.
“Nature-based projects represent simple, proven, cost-effective, and impactful solutions to climate change. They also help to ensure that healthy ecosystems, biodiversity, habitat, and community resiliency are enhanced in a long-term self-sustaining system.”
Restore the Earth Foundation
Securing NBS Carbon Offsets
For those organizations that wish to utilize NBS as part of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs, ClimeCo can assist with identifying and securing environmental attributes from projects that meet their specific goals and vision. Our network of global partners and success in the voluntary markets is unmatched!
Q & A’s
Q: Who typically purchases NBS offsets or FMUs?
A: Any organization that desires to voluntarily mitigate their carbon footprint is a candidate to purchase NBS offsets or FMUs. While we typically see demand from consumer products manufacturers, high-tech companies, higher education institutions, transportation companies, and entertainment and sporting events, the demand for NBS offsets and FMUs continue to expand and grow. The presence of various co-benefits in NBS and Climate Forward projects makes them particularly attractive to many voluntary buyers.
Q: What are some examples of co-benefits?
A: In addition to carbon sequestration, most NBS and Climate Forward projects will provide other co-benefits. While these additional benefits may vary from project to project, it is quite common for such projects to provide improved air and water quality, erosion control, nutrient buffering, and habitat protection. Beyond these environmental benefits, these projects can also provide socio-economic benefits, such as enhanced food supply and jobs that support local communities.
Implementing NBS Projects
ClimeCo’s project development team can assist in identifying and qualifying potential project opportunities, guide the project development and independent verification process, and certify emission reductions with established credit registries. We can also provide project financing options.
Monetizing NBS Attributes
During the project implementation process, ClimeCo will work to secure long-term, forward-purchase agreements for the commodities to be generated by the project. In many instances, these agreements can be secured prior to the start of the project, therefore ensuring confidence in a successful project.
ClimeCo has a lengthy and successful track record of value creation in the voluntary markets. Our expertise in natural and agricultural environments, combined with a solid network of project partners and an extensive customer base, makes us the ideal partner for you!
“At IGS, we are actively seeking ways to connect our customers to efforts that make the planet healthier. As a sustainable energy provider, we provide a product to counteract the carbon dioxide a home emits when using natural gas. By purchasing carbon offsets from a forestry project on their behalf, our customers are able to counteract the emissions their home produces, significantly reducing their carbon footprint.”
Grasslands are very important to our ecosystem. They establish natural habitats, provide a food source for livestock and wildlife, and help prevent soil erosion. They also play an increasingly important role in the protection of our environment. Since greenhouse gases (GHGs) are trapped in grassland soils, the disturbance of these soils through tillage or other forms of development will release them into the atmosphere. In fact, land-use changes represent one of the largest sources of global GHG emissions, so the preservation of grasslands is an important weapon in the fight against climate change. ClimeCo is committed to supporting ranchers and large landowners with opportunities to preserve their grasslands and to leverage financial benefits through environmental markets.
Mangroves are tropical trees that thrive in salty, coastal waters amidst the interminable ebb and flow of tides, conditions that most trees would never tolerate. Often referred to as blue carbon forests, their ability to absorb and store vast amounts of carbon … up to 10 times more efficiently than their terrestrial counterparts … make them a key weapon in the fight against climate change. Meanwhile, their dense root systems provide additional benefits to coastal communities and ecological systems, including protection from storm surges and saltwater intrusion, the deposition of nutrient-rich sediments, and safe habitats for the nursing of thousands of fish species. The development of carbon offset projects through ClimeCo can help to incentivize the continued protection and restoration of these vitally important ecosystems.
Wetlands are defined as water-saturated lands, such as swamps or marshes, that link organisms in land and water so that they can naturally coexist. Their rich biodiversity will typically produce a unique carbon sink. Besides their ability to sequester carbon, they also serve as a natural fresh-water filter, they mitigate the effects of floods and hurricane events, they help to recharge underground aquifers, and they support ecotourism. Much of the nation’s wetlands are under the threat of agricultural expansion and/or commercial and residential development. Fortunately, carbon offset projects can incentivize wetland conservation efforts, particularly when they can be combined with other ecological offset programs.
From forestry conservation in Alaska to tree planting along the Gulf Coast, environmental markets are driving the implementation of best management practices that foster carbon sequestration. Whether it be for voluntary purposes that support the ESG goals of an organization, or for use as a cost-control measure in cap-and-trade compliance programs, clients continue to seek forestry-based carbon offsets and reforestation FMUs that demonstrate good environmental stewardship while providing additional eco-benefits. There is a myriad of available protocols and methodologies that support afforestation, reforestation, and conservation activities; ClimeCo can assist forest landowners in crafting a project that maximizes value while addressing their specific needs for the property.
ClimeCo, in partnership with Restore the Earth Foundation, is supporting the reforestation of up to 1,000,000 acres of degraded forest land in the Mississippi River Basin.
This Alaskan-based project, supported by ClimeCo, protects large tracts of undisturbed, native trees along with many species of wildlife, all while promoting additional reforestation efforts.