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HabiTerre Achieves Third Party Model Validation with Climate Action Reserve (CAR)

HabiTerre’s model for quantification of agricultural greenhouse gas sinks and sources, specifically soil organic carbon (SOC) and nitrous oxide (N2O), has been approved by the Climate Action Reserve (CAR), a leading carbon registry body, under their Soil Enrichment Protocol (SEP).

The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) was founded in 2001 by the State of California (formerly known as the California Climate Action Registry) to address climate change through voluntary calculation and public reporting of emissions. Now recognized as one of the most trusted, efficient, and experienced registry for carbon markets, CAR establishes rigorous standards, involving multi-sector stakeholders and third party verification, to support and promote climate change solutions that benefit economies, ecosystems, and society.

"This milestone is just one of many more to come from the team at HabiTerre, where we are fully dedicated to supporting scalable and efficient solutions to drive maximum impact and value to farmers, paving the way for high-quality environmental market opportunities," said Nick Reinke, CEO of HabiTerre.

The ecosys model, used by HabiTerre as part of our advanced system-of-systems modeling approach, is an advanced ecosystem simulation tool that comprehensively models the complex interplay of energy, water, carbon, and nutrient cycles in both aboveground and belowground environments. Developed at the University of Alberta by Dr Robert Grant in 2001, this process-based model uses sophisticated scientific principles to uniquely represent plant and soil processes, making it adaptable to various soil types, climates, and land management practices.

HabiTerre has adapted and maintained a scalable version of ecosys to support the quantification of GHG and soil carbon outcomes resulting from improved agricultural practices. By explicitly representing all above and below ground ag ecosystem processes, this model enables us to analyze how different farming techniques impact crop productivity and the environment. With its detailed representation of plant processes and multi-process interactions including soil microbes and soil carbon pools, the model is a versatile tool applicable to croplands, grasslands, forests, and wetlands, well suited for analyzing the effects of agricultural practices on ecosystem health and greenhouse gas emissions.

The agricultural sector is a significant contributor to global GHG emissions, yet quantifying Scope 3 emissions at scale has been a persistent challenge. Corporate climate targets often rely on low-resolution emissions factors, leading to inaccuracies and inconsistent measurements. Companies and stakeholders in the agricultural industry need reliable, scalable, and accurate data to measure, track, and ultimately reduce their environmental impact, while maintaining cost efficiency. The lack of clear, consistent, and scalable methods for quantifying GHG emissions makes it difficult for businesses to meet their environmental goals and comply with regulatory standards.

The approval of HabiTerre’s model adds an additional layer of confidence to an already trusted approach. Companies can rely on our extensively tested and scientifically rigorous approach, knowing that it complies with the highest national standards and has now been third party validated for commercial application.


Validation Report of the ecosys Model Version 1.0

About the Climate Action Reserve (CAR)

The Climate Action Reserve is the most trusted, efficient, and experienced offset registry for global carbon markets. A pioneer in carbon accounting, the Reserve promotes and fosters the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through credible market-based policies and solutions. As a high-quality offset registry for voluntary carbon markets, it establishes rigorous standards involving multi-sector stakeholder workgroup development and local engagement and issues carbon credits in a transparent and publicly available system. The organization also supports compliance carbon markets in California, Washington and internationally. The Reserve is an environmental nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California with staff members located around the world.The Reserve is an equal opportunity provider.

About HabiTerre

The HabiTerre team is dedicated to making the world a better and more habitable place by advancing sustainable agriculture and land stewardship with a holistic systems approach to farm productivity and resource use efficiency. We do this by helping farmers and the ag value chain maximize profitability and resilience by reducing negative environmental impacts like GHG emissions, nutrient, soil and Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) loss, and water use inefficiencies.

These capabilities and supporting technologies were developed at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign to scalably, accurately, and cost-effectively quantify agricultural productivity and environmental impacts with the utmost scientific rigor. We use our leading-edge technology combining remote sensing, process models, and artificial intelligence to evaluate past, present and future cropland performance, including crop rotation, management history, yield, water use, nutrient dynamics, GHG emissions, and carbon sequestration.

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