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 that have different requirements for the same project type. Deciding which protocol to apply is an important decision, as the protocol chosen 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 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 - feel free to use these protocols for projects following the 'innovative' pathway.

 Residential Energy Efficiency Protocol

Residential Energy Efficiency Protocol

 Urban Forestry Protocol

Urban Forestry Protocol

 Afforestation Protocol

Afforestation Protocol

Protocols in Development

The following carbon sequestration and emission reduction activities are currently being developed by members of the Offset Network into protocols:

  1. Rotational pasture management

  2. Agroforestry

  3. Home Weatherization

 Rotational Pasture Management


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. Use the Develop a Project page to learn more about the process the Offset Network has developed. When developing your own protocol you will need to have that protocol pass through the "Public Assessment" process, to receive review from at least 3 subject matter experts, before you can develop a project according to that protocol's instructions. 

Please don't hesitate to connect with the Offset Network - we have experience and expertise to share that can help you achieve your goals.