Nature-Based Solutions in Canada
The world needs a range of measures to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while meeting rising energy demand. One such measure is the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems such as forests, grasslands and wetlands.
Nature based solutions include all activities related to the protection, creation or redevelopment or natural ecosystems – such as forests, wetlands and grasslands – to help absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Using nature to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in this way presents an immediate opportunity as it can be used while other low-carbon solutions are deployed at scale or can compensate for emissions that cannot be avoided. They also have further benefits such as offering alternative sources of income to local communities, improving soil productivity, cleaning air and water, and maintaining biodiversity.
Tŝilhqot’in Reforestation Project
Shell and the Tŝilhqot’in National Government are jointly undertaking a reforestation project in the Chilcotin Region of the British Columbia (B.C.) Interior. Wildfires in recent years have significantly impacted the region and the Tŝilhqot’in communities located there.
Shell will provide funding, and tree planting will be managed by Central Chilcotin Rehabilitation (CCR), a Tŝilhqot’in forestry company. Tree planting will start in the spring of 2021, focused on areas that have not regenerated on their own or that have been slow to regenerate.
In addition to reforesting with an estimated 840,000 native tree species on approximately 700 hectares of land devastated by wildfire, the project has the potential to deliver other benefits, including Indigenous and local employment, and improvements in the local ecosystem.
In future, the project may also lead to opportunities to generate carbon credits.
Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project
To offset carbon emissions for Canadian drivers, Shell has sourced some carbon credits from within Canada from the Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project, an initiative of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, in addition to several global nature-based projects. The Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project markets carbon credits generated from the Darkwoods Conservation Area in Southeast British Columbia. The conservation area protects 630 km2 of rare inland temperate rainforest, subalpine meadows and freshwater systems. It protects mature and old-growth forests from being intensively harvested for timber.
The conservation management of Darkwoods follows an internationally recognized protocol for carbon projects and was audited and approved by a number of independent organizations. This project has been validated and verified in accordance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB), the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and under the SD Vista sustainable development framework.
Retaining Canada's Grasslands Using Carbon Offset Markets
Shell and a diverse group of organizations are pursuing a pilot project to test and refine a carbon offset protocol, to enable the generation of carbon credits for carbon stored by conserved grasslands in Canada.
The two-year pilot will allow landowners and ranchers to generate carbon offsets for carbon stored in conserved grasslands in Canada. The pilot will enable qualifying landowners who sign a land conservation agreement that protects grasslands to generate additional revenue through carbon offsets.
Funding for this project has been provided through the AgriAssurance Program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, with industry funding from Shell Canada. The project is led by the Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association and supported by a diverse group of organizations who are contributing significant knowledge and in-kind resources.
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The world needs a range of measures to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while meeting rising energy demand. They include the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems such as forests, grasslands and wetlands. But what are nature-based solutions and what is Shell doing to support them?
Our conservation projects are designed to help protect the nature we know and love by supplying natural habitat for plants and animals, maintaining biodiversity and filtering our water and air.
CO2 offsetting does not imply that there is no environmental impact from the production and use of the product as associated emissions remain in the atmosphere. CO2 offsetting is not a substitute for switching to lower emission energy solutions or reducing the use of fossil fuels. Shell businesses focus first on emissions that can be avoided or reduced and only then, offsetting the remaining emissions.
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