Air Quality

Winding down on the Rice Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Winding down on the Rice Greenhouse Gas Protocol

It’s been a long and winding road on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, but it appears the finish line is near. For six years, the CRC has worked to fully understand the rice industry’s role in California’s climate change and figure out how we might help out. At the beginning of this subject, shortly after the passage of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32, 1996), we decided to become the most proactive organization in agriculture by considering a voluntary rice protocol for our industry.

There was very little we knew then about where we stood. But now we know a lot more. We’ve found that California Rice isn’t a major player from a statewide greenhouse gas emissions standpoint. However, our commitment to be even a small part of the solution in California remains. In a few months, interested growers should be able to consider signing-up for this opportunity to generate greenhouse gas credits–not just here in California but in the south as well.

We are just a few short months away from significant action by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) as it is poised to announce plans to consider the rice protocol at its December 2014 Board meeting. The ARB’s announcement is available at the ARB website.

Here’s what a few others are saying about our efforts to pursue a rice protocol.

We will keep you updated on how all of this is shaping up

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