Carbon Sequestration Certification Program
The Oklahoma Carbon Program encourages Oklahomans to voluntarily protect water quality, prevent soil erosion, and improve air quality by adopting conservation practices that sequester or avoid emissions of greenhouse gases. By developing a program that combines research, natural resource protection, and state-backed verification of carbon offsets, Oklahoma has a model, voluntary program that strives to maximize the quality of offsets from agriculture, forestry, and geologic sequestration.
The Program offers fee-based verification of carbon offsets to participating aggregators who hold carbon contracts with agriculture producers and forest landowners. Verification is also provided to oil and gas companies injecting CO2 underground. As a part of its development and growth, the program is participating in several projects with federal, state, and private partners.
The Program was developed with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2010 Conservation Innovation Grant. Support was also provided by Touchstone Energy via Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Forestry Services, participating Oklahoma Conservation Districts, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For background information, see the legislation and rules page.