Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) recently finalized an initiative to develop a protocol for issuing offsets to projects that avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through composting or other similar approaches. This article explores the development of the new protocol, reviews its key attributes and describes how an entity can earn tradable credits for its GHG mitigation project. To date, landfill gas capture and destruction, with or without utilization for energy production, has dominated the landscape as the primary project-based opportunity for reducing landfill methane emissions to the atmosphere. CCX is an international rules-based GHG emission reduction, verification, registry and trading program based in the US. Every GHG mitigation project enrolled in CCX must meet eligibility standards and undergo independent verification before it can be issued tradable offsets in the CCX Registry. Having been subjected to several rounds of review by the CCX Offsets Committee, the protocol was approved for use on Apr 17, 2009.
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