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February 23, 2024

Advancing MRV with National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Isometric’s contribution to multimillion dollar carbon removal effort

Matthew Gammans, Ph.D.
Climate Economist

Isometric is contributing to two critical research projects, funded by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and led by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Isometric is committed to working with partners and contributing to research that has the potential to responsibly and rapidly scale carbon dioxide removal (CDR).

These research projects aim to advance CDR measurement technologies. In both cases, Isometric is the only carbon registry to participate—alongside CDR leaders such as Stripe, Charm Industrial, Carba, Mote, Kodama Systems, Arbor Energy, Lowercarbon Capital and Carbon Direct.

The Isometric Science Team is contributing real-world experience of developing monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) protocols and applying existing science to verify carbon removal activities.

The two projects are defining leadership in MRV by integrating engineering, chemical, geophysical, modeling, and community-centered frameworks into a unified collection of guidelines.

The first project focuses on MRV frameworks for biomass carbon removal (BiCRS), addressing critical challenges for BiCRS pathways.

In developing a market-leading BiCRS protocol, Isometric identified a scientific knowledge gap regarding the durability of various biomass sources, bio-derived products, and storage scenarios. Using lab and field experiments with data-informed life cycle assessment (LCA) models, this project is developing a set of best practices and protocols needed to establish transparent and consistent baselines and boundaries to verify and compare biomass carbon removal techniques.

The second project—led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)—is developing a CDR measurement standardization framework to align methods for quantifying carbon removals. This is critical to increasing transparency and building confidence around a range of carbon dioxide removal pathways.

Isometric’s protocols are grounded in impartial and scientifically rigorous MRV and bring to the project insights from how technologies are being measured in practice. This is critical to ensuring carbon removal retains trust and confidence as it scales.

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