Our Guidelines

The Colorado Carbon Fund partners with The Climate Trust, a national leader in voluntary offset programs, to select projects that result in high quality greenhouse gas reductions (also known as offsets). Colorado Carbon Fund funding is not a government grant: our support represents long-term contractual agreements with project developers that allow us to purchase verified offsets at competitive prices.

Colorado Carbon Fund offset purchases are funded by individuals and organizations who support environmental and economic health in Colorado. Upon offset verification, The Climate Trust purchases and retires the offsets from each project on behalf of the Colorado Carbon Fund donors.

Project Requirements

Projects must meet the following criteria to be considered for Colorado Carbon Fund support.

  • Local. All projects must be located in  Colorado. Projects can be privately or publicly owned.

  • Additional. Project developers must demonstrate that selling emission reductions to The Climate Trust somehow enables a project’s implementation and that without the opportunity to sell the project’s emission reductions the project would not occur. See our additionality standard for more details.

  • Direct. Projects must reduce emissions of one or more of the six greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride). Projects must reduce emissions at the site where they are implemented by reducing or displacing the use of fossil fuels. Projects must demonstrate clear ownership of the emissions reductions, therefore projects that reduce or displace grid electricity are not considered because they result in indirect emission reductions which may cause ownership and double counting concerns.

  • Scale. Projects must reduce at least 40,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalents over the contract term. Similar project types can be aggregated to meet the size requirement. For information and guidance on calculating emission reductions go to the baseline page. Also see the Quick Start Guide for examples of this scale of reductions.

Project Preferences

Although the Colorado Carbon Fund is interested in a variety of clean technologies, we have a preference for projects related to the following:

  • Landfill methane capture
  • Coal mine methane capture
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biomass
  • Cogeneration
  • Transportation

We are not currently considering projects related to reducing or displacing the use of grid-tied electricity. Nor are we considering biologicial or terrestrial sequestration projects (e.g., low or no-till farming practices, reforestation or CO2 injection or storage).

The Proposal Process

Projects are accepted on an ongoing, rolling basis. Please contact Sheldon Zakreski at szakreski@climatetrust.org with questions.  

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Please direct all inquiries to The Climate Trust.

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