Disclaimer: This article was published on the 26th of April in 2023 and may therefore not be 100% accurate in the future.
In April 2023, we are releasing an updated baseline calculation, this is essential to ensure an internationally recognised programme that delivers high-value certificates. Therefore, we would like to explain what this update means for the Agreena programme.
What does the update incorporate?
An updated baseline calculation and a new field definition form
From mid-April, our platform will encompass a new format of data collection for field definition as well as new logic applied to calculate the field’s baseline. This is done to align with the changes in industry standards towards a more detailed field-level calculation including a 5-year historic view of cultivation practices. This is an important measure for additionality and credibility in the carbon markets.
A field’s baseline reflects the current state of GHG emissions and sequestration at the field level before entering the AgreenaCarbon programme.
The new baseline calculation requires an updated field definition form. This will not only allow us to implement the new baseline calculation but is also offering an improved experience for you when reporting historic cultivation practices.
The new updated Cool Farm Tool
The Cool Farm Tool (CFT) is an integrated part of our methodology, as it is a leading science-based GHG calculation tool in agriculture. On April 26th, Cool Farm Tool released a new updated version (2.0). To see more about what changes this update brings, take a look at CFT's own press release here.
The new CFT 2.0 features a set of methodological updates and refinements, many of which are based on further aligning with the IPCC’s 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.
The IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is a body of the United Nations responsible for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change. It is currently composed of 195 member states and has thousands of people and experts who volunteer their time to summarise the latest scientific finds on climate change, its impacts, and approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Why do we update our methodology?
We want our calculations to be in line with the latest regulations and we always follow the newest scientific and climate data. This allows us to continue building a strong carbon certification programme and ensure the high quality of Agreena Verified Certificates.
As a result, we are regularly working on our methodology with our team of scientists and relevant partners. We are doing this by prioritising our farmers and for the integrity of our certificates on the voluntary carbon market. Any changes will always be announced via newsletters, the help centre, and/or directly on the platform.
Moreover, all our methodology updates are aligned with international standards and are validated by our third-party verifier, DNV, one of the world’s leading certification bodies.
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