Carbon

Measure, Reduce, Offset.

Incentivising business, individuals, farmers and the broader industry to take action and enabling the agricultural sector to account for its emissions reduction credibly

Moving towards a flourishing and sustainable food system

Value creation methodology

Mootral has developed the world's first methodology under the VCS program approved by VERRA for quantifying and monitoring methane emissions from ruminants.

Methane emissions that result from the digestive process of ruminants, such as cattle, sheep, and goats, are responsible for approximately 30% of global anthropogenic methane emissions, and strategies aimed at reducing these emissions are an important part of the fight against climate change. These enteric methane emissions are a result of fermentation that occurs as biomass eaten is broken down in an animal’s digestive system.

Methane is categorised as a ‘short-lived’ climate pollutant but its negative impacts are both fast-acting and extensive. Methane is the second most abundant greenhouse gas released in the atmosphere due to human activity after carbon dioxide (CO2). It is 84 times more powerful than CO2 over the first 20 years of its molecular life.

As more companies and governments are looking to reduce agriculture and livestock emissions, strategies, technologies and financial solutions such as this are an important part of the fight against climate change. 

Mootral has developed a new Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) methodology that will reduce such enteric methane emissions. This new methodology is based on a detailed understanding of the biochemical processes in the rumen and of methanogens (the microorganisms within the rumen that produce the methane) and relies on natural feed supplements that inhibit methanogenic activity and thus reduce methane emissions.

This methodology has been developed in an effort to drive finance into agricultural projects that provide an immediate, permanent and measurable impact on mitigating climate change at a local level. Being able to quantify enteric methane emission reductions from livestock projects represents an important step towards mitigating climate change, delivering long-term sustainable development and many other benefits that further the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Quantifying enteric methane emission allows the livestock industry to contribute to SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals. Reducing enteric fermentation improves the environmental profile of meat and dairy products and provides consumers and livestock producers with sustainable climate-friendly products and a quantified carbon footprint reduction.

Mootral is developing projects using this new VCS methodology with its proprietary natural feed supplement that targets a substantial reduction of enteric methane from ruminants. These carbon projects create value for everyone: farmers, the beef and dairy industry, consumers, governments as well as offering high-quality carbon offset solutions for other industries.

 


 

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VCS METHODOLOGY TITLE

Reduction of Enteric Methane Emissions from Ruminants through the Use of 100% Natural Feed Supplement

METHODOLOGY ATTRIBUTES

- Carbon finance
- Support sustainable agriculture
- Provide scientifically-based approaches
- Meet stringent VCS requirements
- Broadly applicable to livestock ruminants
- Flexible in its use
- Practicable



1 FAO Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM) public database

 

 

 

 

COWCREDIT PROJECTS

We will run a large portfolio of livestock carbon projects worldwide, generating verified carbon credits and many other benefits that further the UN Sustainable Development Goals. On November 25, 2019, Mootral launched the world’s first carbon project for the direct reduction of methane emissions from ruminants in the UK. Further projects in North America, across Europe and Asia Pacific will be announced soon.

Participating in a Mootral carbon project makes a concrete commitment to protecting our climate and helps shape a more sustainable future. Take advantage of our existing projects or ask us to develop a new one in your country...

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THE BENEFITS

Hyper Local

Projects can be tailored at local community level

Methane Reduction

From enteric fermentation for which very few solutions exist

Traceable

Back to the actual farm deploying the technology

Immediate Impact

On global GHG reductions and global warming

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No matter how much we reduce our existing emissions in our operations and supply chains, there will always be some that cannot easily be eliminated. But that doesn’t mean we should give up. On the contrary, we should compensate our remaining footprint by supporting certified carbon offset projects. That way, companies and consumers can then be climate-neutral, as the overall effect on the climate will be offset.

Mootral compensation projects represent the best standards of international emission reductions available today. By supporting our projects, you can offset the emissions that you currently cannot avoid generating and help farmers to reduce their own emissions enables the agricultural sector to contribute to climate protection.  

Many businesses have already made serious commitments to address their actions and take responsibility for their climate footprint so that the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement can be reached. Together with climate-conscious business, we want to create a global system that makes it possible to walk down the path of sustainable development and make real progress!

If you are interested to learn more about the different possibilities to integrate compensation into your sustainability strategy, click below to receive more information and get involved!

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