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Case Study 1 - Greenhouse gas emission reduction quantification

IFT has been an active participant in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and mitigation quantification since 2008. We have focused our attention on the "compliance" market in Alberta. A compliance market is where active trading in emission reduction activities is permitted to assist regulated emitters in meeting regulated reduction targets. Alberta is unique in North America in having a compliance market - California is on the brink of having a similar market.

By leading North America into a compliance market for GHG emissions Alberta has encountered many of the challenges that usually confront pioneers. These include lack of available science, scepticism on the part of stakeholders, participants not fully understanding expectations and thus inaccurately estimating reductions or mitigative effects. All of these factors and more have contributed to the Climate Secretariat at Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development raising expectation levels around GHG emission reduction and mitigation activities.

In particular - as of early 2009 quantification protocols have been expected to rely on a limited life cycle analysis approach to quantification. This means that the entire process in which the activity being quantified resides must be assessed to ensure that an overall reduction in emissions is occurring. Similarly protocols must support quantification to a "reasonable level of assurance" which will be required effective January 2013.

IFT developed the first quantification protocol approved under these standards. The QUANTIFICATION PROTOCOL FOR DIRECT REDUCTIONS IN GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS ARISING FROM CHANGES IN FOREST HARVESTING PRACTICES was developed on behalf of Daishowa Marubeni International Ltd. It is the first forestry based protocol to be implemented to successful quantification in Alberta. Details of this protocol can be found at

Case Study 2 - Integrated Long-term Vegetation Management on Rights-of-Way

Case Study 3 – LiDAR Tools - Wet Areas Mapping (WAM)

Case Study 4 - Quantitative Herbicide Risk Analysis

Case Study 5 – Reclamation Strategic Support
(Knowledge Transfer and Best Management Practices)

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