A new methodology to quantify and credit GHG emission reductions from projects that optimize nitrogen fertilizer application has been approved under the VCS Program.
VM0022: Quantifying N2O Emissions Reductions in Agricultural Crops through Nitrogen Fertilizer Rate Reductionwas developed by Michigan State University with support from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
VM0022 is applicable to projects located anywhere in the United States that limit nitrogen fertilizer on cropland. The methodology also offers an approach specific to the Midwest region, building on field studies from the state of Michigan, for projects that reduce fertilizer application during corn, soy and wheat production.
Environmental Services, Inc and Det Norske Veritas Climate Change Services (DNV) assessed the methodology; all assessment reports and other documents are available on the VM0022 page of the VCS website.
VCS, Michigan State University, EPRI and Environmental Services hosted a webinar on 21 March to introduce stakeholders to the methodology.
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