Deforestation in California - A Poorly Understood GHG Emission Source and Emission Reduction Opportunity: Policy and Carbon Offset Methodology Options - Final Project Report

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Publication Number: CEC-500-2013-142
Report Date: March 2013

Deforestation in California - A Poorly Understood GHG Emission Source and Emission Reduction Opportunity: Policy and Carbon Offset Methodology Options
Final Project Report. (PDF file, 40 pages, 520 kb).


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Abstract

Deforestation events occurring daily around California are poorly accounted under current greenhouse gas emission monitoring systems and there is no standard methodology for tracking these emissions. The significance of small-scale development as a source of greenhouse gases is therefore currently unknown.

This report summarized the research conducted over three years to improve estimates of greenhouse gas emissions from small-scale development in California. The research included a spatial analysis, development of emission factors and an estimate of emissions from developments across four study areas, and an analysis of the economic impacts of deforestation for development. The report provided an overview of existing policy and recommendations for additional policy action that could address emissions from development. Recommendations were focused on four potential policy options: promoting appropriate locations for development, including infill and urban growth boundaries; reducing tree removal through cluster developments; incentive programs; and revising the timberland conversion process.

Additionally, the report analyzed the potential for developing a carbon offset project methodology for reduced emissions from conversion for development.