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Request for Proposals: Development of a VCS Biochar Methodology

Biochar — a carbon-rich solid material made from biomass subjected to high heat and limited-oxygen environments — offers compelling climate, agronomic and environmental benefits. Because its organic carbon component is generally one to two orders of magnitude more stable than the feedstock biomass it was produced from, biochar can contribute significantly to climate change mitigation when deployed at a massive global scale. Additionally, it aids in soil fertility and rehabilitation and can be used for alternate and innovative end uses such as in building materials, cement, and asphalt. Despite this potential, the biochar industry remains in its infancy.

To incentivize biochar emission reduction and removal activities, Verra seeks a consultant to develop a comprehensive biochar greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting methodology in our flagship Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program — the world’s largest voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) program with almost 1,700 registered projects in over 80 countries.

Please click here to view the complete Request for Proposals.

All application materials must be submitted via email to by close of business on 15 January 2021. Verra will interview short-listed candidates and/or request clarifying information by 29 January 2021. The successful consultant will be selected in early February.

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