Document anglais à propos des différentes approches en production bovine pour réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre
SUMMARY OF CHANGES
Below is a summary of key changes from version 1.3 to version 2.0 of this protocol. All hanges apply as of the release date of version 2.0 effective [insert date]. This protocol has been adapted to the new Alberta Environment quantification protocol format. Ownership of offset credits developed under this protocol is assigned to the project developer (e.g.: feedlot operator); however, because cattle in this protocol can span several operations (cow-calf, backgrounding, and feedlot), historic ownership agreements and legal ability to include cattle in the project condition may need to be established through additional contractual obligations (see section 1.2 and section 5.5). Manure must be managed according to the Agricultural Operation Practices Act requirements for confined feeding operations. This protocol uses a full lifecycle for beef cattle to determine emissions reductions. Project developers can use two methods to determine the date of birth of the cattle. The first method is a default birth date assigned to the first cow born on a cow-calf operation. This method is discounted by 28 days to represent the average age of the cattle born on that farm. The other method uses exact birth dates for each calf. More information establishing a date of birth for the calves is provided in section 4.2. Additional details on quantification methodology and records required to support the project condition are provided in section 4.0 and section 5.0. The flexibility mechanism allowing project developers to establish a baseline with less than 3-years of data has been removed. Where a project developer wishes to proceed with a project, but is not able to establish a 3-year baseline, they must contact Alberta Environment to discuss options. Project developers must disclose the legal land location of the feedlot, or lots where the cattle were finished. This information is collected by the Alberta Emissions Offset Registry in a spatial locator template and is used to track aggregated projects on the registry (see section 5.5). Liability clauses for aggregated projects stipulate the project developer cannot pass on liability for errors resulting from errors in the project developer’s data management system (see section 5.4).