What Makes a High Quality Forest Carbon Credit?

August 18, 2022

The Yale Forest Forum is excited to announce the next speaker series for the fall 2022 semester, taking place on Thursdays, jointly hosted by the Yale Applied Science Synthesis Program and The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment.

What Makes a High Quality Forest Carbon Credit?

Forests store vast amounts of carbon in vegetation and soils, and humans may be able to protect, manage, and restore forested ecosystems to protect existing carbon and also stimulate faster and greater uptake of atmospheric CO2. Carbon markets are responding to this potential: to date, carbon credits from forests are by far the largest contributor to nature-based offsets. As carbon markets grow, market participants are grappling with fundamental and complex questions of the best methods for measuring, reporting, and verifying CO2 removal from forest carbon projects. Forest carbon accounting is complex because of scientific, political, economic, and social uncertainty. To create transparency and foster credibility in compliance and voluntary forest carbon markets, market players have created voluminous monitoring, verifying, and reporting protocols that cover important metrics in carbon crediting like measurement accuracy and precision, additionality, permanence, leakage, environmental justice, transparency, and traceability. Yet, growing markets have led to growing critiques about carbon accounting methods, market stability, and environmental justice concerns.

This seminar series will explore the current state of carbon markets in the United States and ask major market players—including policymakers, registry developers, credit producers, forestland owners, corporate buyers, journalists, and academics—to address the question of “what makes a high-quality forest carbon credit?” and provide suggestions on how we can build credibility and trust in forest carbon credits.

Join us every Thursday  from September 8 - December 1 from 11:30am-12:10pm US ET. Note: there will be no webinar on October 20 & November 24.

Connecticut Certified Forest Practitioners may receive 1.0 CEU credits for each live lecture attended. Email yff@yale.edu for further details.

Click here to register. Register once to attend all webinars and to view the recordings.

Date Speaker Organization Theme Speaker Information

Webinar (recording and slides)

September 8

Dr. Coeli Hoover - Research Ecologist

USFS, Northern Research Station

The Nuts and Bolts of Forest C Storage Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

September 15

 Dr Rajan Parajuli - Assistant Professor

Dr. Stephanie Chizmar - Postdoc

NC State University College of Natural Resources Introduction to US Carbon Markets Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

September 22 Dr. Mark Trexler - Developer, The Climate Web; Director, Climatographers 

The Climate Web and Climatographers

State of the Debate: Critiques of Forest Carbon Credits Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

September 29 Dr. Marissa Spence - Forestry Manager Climate Action Reserve

Registry Protocol Development

Speaker Bio

Recording

October 6

Christine Cadigan - Senior Director American Forest Foundation Developing a Project: Family Forest Owners Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

October 13

Bryan Van Stippen - Program Director National Indian Carbon Coalition Developing a Project: Indigenous Forest Owners

Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

           

October 27

Jim Hourdequin - CEO and  Managing Director

Lyme Timber Developing a Project: Industry Forest Owners Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

November 3 Tracy Johns - Carbon Removal Specialist Meta Buying Carbon Credits Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

November 10 Jacqueline Patterson - Founder and Executive Director The Chisholm Legacy Project
 
Carbon Markets and Environmental Justics
 
Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides

November 17

Tom Hodgman - Vice President

Nature Based Solutions, Goldman Sachs

Climate Investing Speaker Bio’s

Recording

Slides

December 1 Frances Seymour - Distinguished Senior Fellow World Resources Institute Global Perspectives Speaker Bio

Recording

Slides