The Offset Network encourages the use of previously created and approved protocols to decrease the implementer's workload and increase the speed of project development. However, if the project under development does not fit with any existing protocols but meets the principles of a high-quality offset, it may be appropriate to consider developing an innovative offset protocol.
Approved GHG Market or Program Protocols
The GHG programs below are the first places to search for the appropriate protocol for your project. Searching across different GHG programs, you will likely come across multiple protocols for the same project type with different requirements. Deciding which protocol to apply is an important decision as the protocol will guide the entirety of your project. It is recommended that you review all the existing protocols for your project type before selecting one. Select the protocol that you can follow given your organization's resources and capabilities, while maintaining the highest standards feasible for project accounting.
If none of the approved GHG program protocols cover your project type, or can be fulfilled given your organization's resource availability/internal capacity, then it may be appropriate to use a protocol developed by a peer institution, or to create your own.
Offset Network Developed Protocols
You are not the first to go through this process! Take advantage of existing institutional offset protocols within the Offset Network and feel free to use these protocols for projects that are classified as 'peer reviewed' or 'innovative'.
Develop your own Protocol
Establishing your own offset protocol is a good option when you cannot identify a protocol that fits your project type, or if your project differs drastically from an existing protocol in terms of scale. The guidance materials for developing your own protocol are still being created. Use the Get Involved page to connect with the Offset Network regarding the protocol you are thinking of developing. We have experience and expertise to share that can help you achieve your goals.