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Carbon Sequestration Certification Program


About the Program

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The Oklahoma Carbon Sequestration Certification Program encourages Oklahomans to prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and improve air quality by adopting conservation practices that sequester greenhouse gases. By developing a program that combines research, natural resource protection, and state-backed verification of carbon offsets, Oklahoma has a model program that strives to maximize the quality and credibility of offsets from agriculture, forestry, and geologic sequestration.
 

The voluntary program offers fee-based verification of carbon offsets to participating aggregators who hold carbon contracts with agriculture producers and forest landowners. Verification is also offered to oil and gas companies injecting CO2 underground in Oklahoma. Verification is a vital component to carbon credit trading that adds a layer of assurance that buyers of CO2 offsets are getting what they pay for and that purchased offsets are real.                
 

Oklahoma's carbon program: 

  • Is voluntary
  • Is unique, because it is the first to be run by a state agency with statutory authority to verify carbon offsets. 
  • Is developing verification protocols for grasslands, conservation tillage, rangeland, forestry, and downhole injection.
  • Provides information to the public.
  • Provides a mechanism for Oklahomans to take advantage of existing voluntary carbon markets. 
  • Supports and promotes soil carbon research.

Agriculture producers and forest landowners who want their offsets verified by the program should contact a state approved aggregator. Applicants for verification of geologic sequestration apply directly to the Conservation Commission. For questions, call 405-522-4739.

Last Modified on 01/21/2011