Tree Farms - (Afforestation)

Albert Cerenzie

Afforestation is the process of establishing a forest on land that is not a forest, or has not been a forest for a long time by planting trees or their seeds. Tree plantation projects sequester CO2 through photosynthesis; thus allowing for the creation of carbon credits.

The ability of trees to remove carbon from the atmosphere, coupled with the potential new value of carbon, will increase the value of tree-planting activities in Canada.

GGSSI offers consultation in the process of applying carbon credit trading and GHG technologies for Tree Farming and Afforestation Projects.

The Role of Forests in the Carbon Markets

Forestry projects jump-started the global carbon offset market in the early 1990s, when environmental non-profits and industrial companies initiated partnerships to conserve and plant forests with the aim of balancing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by capturing carbon in trees. Although forestry transactions were the first-ever carbon offsets, they were soon sidelined in emerging global GHG regulations and a narrow band of forestry offsets were recognized under the Kyoto Protocol.

This left the voluntary markets to pick up the slack. Some buyers have been drawn to this tangible, land-based offset category and others have veered away from the complexities and risks of forest carbon offset projects. Over time, however, the role of forests in mitigating climate change has increasingly gained credence – thanks largely to the resolution of scientific disputes over how to measure and monitor the amount of carbon captured in trees, as well as growing political consensus on the need to reduce emissions as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

This acceptance has begun to impact global climate policy. In 2007, at international climate change negotiations, the Bali Action Plan laid out a strategy for developing consensus on how to recognize reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD). In 2009, the Copenhagen Accord explicitly stated the need to develop mechanisms that would reward sustainable land-use practices that capture carbon in trees. These regulatory developments have the potential to stimulate tremendous demand for land-based carbon credits.

An excellent review, The State of Forest Carbon Markets, can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

Dorigo Tree Farm for Credit

GGSSI and Dorigo Tree Farm are working together for the purpose of reduction and absorption in emissions of greenhouse gasses. GGSSI is now the exclusive agent for Dorigo Tree Farm for the purpose of generation, prospection and marketing of carbon credits generated from the Dorigo Tree Farm.

Dorigo Tree Farm (registered not-for-profit in Alberta) is looking for financial support from Industry and private investors to complete the Greenhouse and Heat Transfer Woodstove. The Dorigo Tree Farm is also asking for free poplar seedlings for 2011 spring planting. Any interest of supporting this Tree Farm project, please contact Albert Cerenzie at GGSSI.

Extraction of oil from tar sands (oil sands) in Alberta has been bombarded by endless negative publicity. Alberta’s greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands are projected to grow by 2020, exceeding the current emissions of Austria, Portugal, Ireland, Denmark and Belgium. Although Alberta’s climate change plan doesn’t give much attention to biological carbon sequestration by trees, the initiatives hope to deliver a 50% (50 megatonnes) reduction in emissions by 2050 or taking 10 million cars off the road for a year. The Dorigo Tree Farm Project believes we have a moral responsibility to contribute our share in this emissions reduction.

In light of negative publicity of Alberta’s tar sands, the Dorigo Tree Farm Project can give a positive image to Alberta by planting an astronomical 2.5 million trees on its 350 acres of open land and absorbing an estimated 5,500 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, an equivalence of taking 100,000 cars off the road for a year. The project will also create jobs and provide continuous supply of its waste wood for energy production in the community.

The Dorigo Tree Farm, headed by James Dorigo, Executive Director, is a not for profit, apolitical and community based organization with objectives of greening the Parkland County area, fostering sustainable development, tackling climate change, as well as ensuring future generations to enjoy country living. Construction has already been completed of a link road to the highway, a nursery building, two water wells for irrigation, fitting of water pipes and a water reservoir (see pictures below). The Dorigo Tree Farm will foster sustainable development in the Parkland County area, and realize this environmentally sustainable and timely project to help put the Alberta and Canada on the climate change map.

Dorigo Tree Farm Pictures

Rae Zen CO2 Tree Farm for Credit

GGSSI is also partnering with Rae Zen CO2 Tree Farms to reduce greenhouse gas and tap into the Carbon Trading Market through Tree Farms

Darling Rae (President) is looking for financial support for this not-for-profit company, including Poplar seedlings for spring planting, Heat Transer Wood Stove, and a Greenhouse. Any interest of supporting this Tree Farm project, please contact Albert Cerenzie at GGSSI.

Carbon trading is one of the fastest growing specialties, with companies scrambling to get a slice of a market now worth about $30 billion and could grow to $1 trillion within a decade (The New York Times).The World Bank put global trade in carbon as a growing business with quadrupling in international carbon sales in 2006 at over $25B USD. Carbon trading is the new big thing according to "In London's Financial World”. Carbon will be the world's biggest commodity market, and it could become the world's biggest market over all, it added.

The clarity of this assertion is reflected in the fact that governments are increasingly regulating their country's emissions and as more companies (just as it’s happening in Europe, US and Canada) mandatorily or voluntarily limit their emissions, the demand for available carbon credits will skyrocket, so will the price! If increased demand dictates an increase in price, getting in now could be one of the wisest investment moves you may make for a bright and economically sustainable future. Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management Act 2007, and British Columbia Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act or Cap and Trade Act, 2008, pave the way for industrial plants in these provinces, to take action to mitigate their carbon intensity by a series of measures, including buying of carbon credits to offset and meet their greenhouse gas emissions intensity target, therefore pioneering carbon trading in these provinces and Canada at large.

Throughout Canada, labor intensive work by farmers in the fields, degraded land which have been abandoned, and un-used grassland or woodland has been increasingly replaced by the growth of trees for credits.

Greenhouse Gas Separation Systems Inc., through a team of scientist and business experts, provide expert services in the growing of trees, converting the trees to carbon credits and trading the credits on the carbon market. This Greenhouse Gas Separation Systems Inc.’s novel blend of technical and business expertise in generating carbon credits in conformance with national and international guidelines and protocols (e.g. Alberta Offset Systems, BC Cap and Trade, ISO 14064, IPCC and GHG Protocol).

Rae Zen Tree Farm Pictures

Greenhouses

A next step that will soon be implemented on both Dorigo Tree Farm and Rae Zen CO2 Tree Farm will be the building of Greenhouses. This will give the farms the advantage of year-round growing of Poplar seedlings for planting. The Greenhouses will also provide a self-sustained food source for Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Rasberries, Strawberries, in addition to traditional indiginous Herbs.