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What is Commodicarbon?

Commodicarbon is a CO2e certification programme, encouraging a more sustainable and climate friendly agricultural production – where the farmer receives financial support from cultivating for the climate.

Commodicarbon quantifies carbon sequestration and CO2e reductions, and creates the opportunity for issuance of CO2e certificates based on changes in agricultural practices towards Conservation Agriculture.

Commodicarbon’s model for quantifying emission reductions is designed under the ISO 14064 standard, and the methodology is based on IPCC guidelines (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), and last but not least, the CoolFarmTool – the leading GHG quantification algorithm in Europe.

Rethink the soil-for the climate and for the future of agriculture...

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How does it work?

Every hectare of agricultural land has the potential to  reduce green house gas emissions.
The reductions take place both in the form of increased carbon sequestration in the soil, fuel savings of around 50-70%, reduced need for fertilization, as well as greener fields all year round, and thus increased uptake of CO2 in the soil.

1

Farmers change production practices towards more climate friendly cultivation practices and reduces CO2e emissions.

2

The change in practices are verified, and the reductions are quantified in order to create tradable CO2e-certificates.

3

Institutional and private organizations buys CO2e-certificates, and farmers are compensated for their investment.

Emission reduction

3-7 tonnes

Quantifiable CO2e sequestration and reductions per ha/year

Financial incentive

10-15 EUR

Expected payment per verified CO2e certificate

Economic potential 

30-105 EUR

Gross financial gain per ha/year

*Estimated numbers based on European scientific research and market conditions. The final payment is dependent on supply and demand developments in the market in the fall when certificates are sold. The final emission reductions are dependent on soil characteristics, historic cultivation practices, and the level of change which the farmer is implementing. Sign up to get the exact estimates based on specified fields.


Benefits from Conservation Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture and its 5 focus areas

Reduced soil disturbance Crop rotation Distributed  residues Green fields all year optimized fertilization

Conservation Agriculture practices not only benefits the climate, it has several agronomic benefits.


Water

More drought tolerant crops and faster uptake of precipitation

Soil

Improved soil quality and retention of nutrients in the soil

Biodiversity

Greater biological activity via earthworms, insects, fungi and bacteria

CO2e

Færre drivhusgasser ved reduktion i udledningen og lagring af kulstof i jorden

Nicolai Oxholm Tillisch
Rosenfeldt

2.400 hectares, Denmark

“After switching to reduced tillage, we have seen a clear strengthening of our soil quality, and it has become more cultivable. In addition, we have also significantly reduced our fuel consumption and just by not plowing, we save approx. 60 EUR/ha. ”

Hans Damgaard
JD Agro Cocora Farm

12.000 hectares, Romania

“One thing is that we have less overpasses, but most importantly, we reduce the evaporation of moisture from the soil, and that leaves more water for the plants, which is extremely important under these dry conditions we experience from time to time.”

Søren Ilsøe
Knudstrupgaard

305 hectares, Denmark

“When learning how to refrain from tilling the soil every single year, a whole new world opens. Biology can replace diesel and steel, and as an added benefit you will have more beneficial insects, vipers, larks and partridges. ”

Do you want to take part in Commodicarbon?

It all starts with applying for participation in the certification programme.  -And we can’t wait to welcome you!

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Follow the process as described below. You can think of Commodicarbon certificates as an extra crop, which follows the growing season, and is harvested as your last crop every year – and just like with ordinary crops, one reaps as one sows.

1. Registration

Create a user on Commoditrader and upgrade your account to Carbon Premium to access the Commodicarbon Field dashboard

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2. Data collection

Add your fields and include all relevant data on your historic cultivation practices. You will then be able to see calculations on your certificate potential down to specific field level.

3. Planning

With the insight on the field level potential, you can now map out your plans and enter specific field strategies into the system.

4. Execution

You execute on the field strategies and comply with the new initiatives set out in your plans. You regularly update the system with your cultivation activities.

5. Verification

We verify your data and quantify the final CO2e reduction jointly with data partners and a third-party certification unit.

6. Payout

We sell your Commodicarbon certificates and pay you for your CO2e reduction. You are now ready to start again from step 3, with new field plans and new potentials.

From farmers to farmers-for the future of agriculture

A group of innovative farmers have in recent years invested in the development of Commoditrader and CommodiCarbon. They believe in thinking out of the box, and forward thinking that do not fit into existing structures. They live and breathe for development, and dare to think positively about the future of farming.

Nicolai Oxholm Tillisch
Rosenfeldt

“I believe that the farmer can become a climate hero in the future, while strengthening the bottom line. I believe that with the help of CommodiCarbon we can change our cultivation practices and maybe even end up choosing crops in order to optimize in regards to the sequestration of CO2 in the future. I truly believe that we can make a difference”

Rasmus Bencard Hansen
Skovlund

“CommodiCarbon is an interesting supplement to our current operations, where we are constantly trying to optimize the result.

There is a political focus on climate change pointing towards farmers, but with Commodicarbon we voluntarily get a unique opportunity to increase earnings while changing production practices with the climate in mind. “

Christine Jansby
Agroskandia

“With Conservation Agriculture, we constantly try to sequester carbon in the soil. We do this to counteract climate change and to make our soils and crops more resilient. CommodiCarbon is a big step on the way to an improved bottom line, as CommodiCarbon helps us to valuate carbon sequestration and make our work visible. ”

Kim Kjær Knudsen
Allindemaglegård

“It is not enough to be food producers for a growing world population – as farmers we play a key role in overcoming the climate challenges the world is facing. CommodiCarbon is a big step in that direction! We must, for the first time ever harvest CO2.

CommodiCarbon is a change in attitude, and going forward, we will not only be delivering the best food for the world, but also the most sustainable”

Michael Bundgaard
Klitgaard Agro

“In recent years, we have invested in conservation agriculture because we see a clear picture of both the agronomic and climate related benefits. Therefore, it has been a natural part of our strategy to help boost CommodiCarbon. In the US, farmers already sells CO2-certificates, and receives the gains from it – and CommodiCarbon is a reflection of that. “

Iben & Anders Møller
Kattrup Gods

“We see great potential in the implementation of no-till and conservation agriculture in general, both in terms of operational savings and the whole idea of increased biodiversity in the field for the benefit of animal and plant life. CommodiCarbon comes as an additional incentive where you can store carbon in the soil and be rewarded for this climate related benefits. When there is an economic incentive to change the way the land is operated, we believe that the road has been paved for a sustainable future for agriculture.”

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Frequently asked questions

Each certificate documents the reduction of one tonne of greenhouse gases in the form of CO2 equivalents (CO2e). The certificates are uniquely identifiable and for each certificate we can track and identify the specific field from which the reduction has taken place.

A Commodicarbon certificate represents 1 tonne of CO2e (greenhouse gases). It accounts for the reduction of emissions from agricultural production, or the absorption of CO2e from the atmosphere, stored in the soil as carbon via the photosynthesis of the plants.

Over the last 10 years, companies and organizations around the world have invested billions in their climate goals – in fact, a quarter of all the world’s 500 largest companies have committed to becoming CO2 neutral in the near future, and most of them are buying CO2e certificates as an addition to achieving their ambitious goals.

All farmers who are part of the program are certified and their activities and data are verified on an ongoing basis before the certificates are issued. All this is done by our certification partner, who ensures that Commodicarbon certificates are valid and approved.

It is absolutely central for buyers of the certificates that the effect can be documented, and that is precisely why we have an international and experienced partner verifying the programme and issuing the certificates.

Your registration and certification must start during the growing season, based on initiatives that have begun after the last harvest and before initiatives have begun for next year’s harvest.

You should consider carbon certificates a bit like an extra crop where you harvest at the end of your growing season. Carbon certificates are sold after carbon storage has taken place, and emissions have been reduced – that is, when you have harvested the field.

First and foremost, you need to switch to Conservation agriculture because you feel it is right for you – both now and in the long run.

Commodicarbon certificates intend to create an additional source of revenue in connection with your change in production practices, which can both help absorb costs associated with machine investments and new knowledge.

In theory, anyone can sell certificates – but buyers demand verified certificates, as this is a hallmark of direct traceability and documented climate impact.

Thorough certification, independent verification and validation of data are thus basic prerequisites for being able to sell certificates at an attractive price.

You will be asked to share information about your activity on the registered fields throughout the year. The information is used to verify and audit your activity, to ultimately calculate your total CO2e reduction.

Documentation and data contain the following:

  • Details of soil type (texture, humus, drainage etc.
  • Harvest information (crop, yield, etc.)
  • Tillage practices
  • Post-crop practice
  • Handling of straw and residues
  • Fertilizer data (types, quantities, method)
  • Plant protection information
  • Diesel / oil consumption

First of all, you will receive the calculated potential of your agricultural land when entering your historic production data – both agronomically and economically. If you based on the calculated potential decides to be part of the programme, your provided data will work as the direct source of documentation for CO2e reductions and thus your future issued certificates.

The payout depends on supply / demand – at this moment we are working towards a minimum price of 10 EUR per. tonnes of reduced CO2e.

Interest in climate certificates from farmland has increased globally over the past year, which is why we expect to be able to sell the certificates at a higher price.

We have already made agreements with a lot of farm consultants, and they are ready to help with advice, planning and implementation. We have made sure that they are well equipped to help you get started, and they are made aware of how the algorithm behind the certification and the programme in itself works. If your consultant is not enrolled and equipped to guide you, share his contact information, and we will help him get started.

Commodicarbon membership can be unsubscribed with one month’s notice.

If you want to commit to a field strategy and benefit from certificate sales, you need to commit to not tilling for 5 to 10 years, unless you get dispensation to till the soil because of agronomic needs. Carbon storage only makes sense if the year-on-year stored carbon is actually retained in the soil. It is part of the certification and a security og validity the buyer of the certificate gets. It also means that a Commodicarbon certification is a strategic and long-term decision.

As an introduction price, it costs EUR 50 per month to participate (EUR 100 from March 2021). With the membership, you get free access to all functionalities, market analytics and price insights on Commoditrader, as well as Commodicarbon membership.
Costs for auditing and selling certificates should be expected.

Soil testing and data quantification will calculate the storage volumes to be able to estimate the volume of certificates.

Quality is ensured by many initiatives such as verification & validation of activities and data; by checking for additionality, as well as by deducting the uncertainty calculations. Thus, we ensure that all parameters count and weigh correctly in the equation and that we do not overestimate the potential.

These quantity and quality parameters ensure that the buyer gets the climate footprint he pays for, while the seller has a good product that can be counted on, so that he gets the right price for his certificates, and thereby his efforts to help the climate.

Commodicarbon’s calculation algorithms stand on the shoulders of internationally recognized research, IPCC guidelines (UN Climate Panel) and models developed by a consortium of leading European universities, as well as used by some of the largest food companies in the world. In addition, we have added parameters that are important for  particular latitudes – our model will be ISO certified and verified by a neutral third party.

There is no doubt that the method will develop further over the next 10 years, but we have ensured a method standard that is the most excellent that exists at present time.

To ensure trust and credibility, we build on the international third-party standard ISO 14064. It is this standard which, together with calculation models, field data and applied practice, forms the basis for a certification.


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