The bCarbon Standard
Since November 2019, the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University has been hosting a multi-con¬stituent working group to develop an innovative measurement-based standard for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil. The result is bCarbon, a 100 percent voluntary program designed specifically to work for landowners, businesses and the environment.
The proposed system is designed to enhance economic resilience for both the agricultural and industrial communities, offering solutions that could result in a new, multibillion-dollar market while restoring the robust ecosystem of the native prairie and grasslands. Increasing biodiversity, restoring natural water cycles, and improving drought resistance are all important co-benefits that enhance quality of life for rural communities and economic resilience for ranches and farms.
The goal for bCarbon is certification of one million or more tons of sequestered carbon in year one. By 2023, we anticipate more than 100 million tons, and a goal of 700 million certified tons of soil carbon storage by 2025.
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