Radicle Group Inc. (Radicle) and Ducks Unlimited. (DU) are pleased to announce a new partnership focused on generating voluntary carbon offsets in the US from DU’s Prairie Pothole Avoided Conversion of Grasslands and Shrublands project registered on the American Carbon Registry.
DU’s habitat work with private landowners proactively protects at-risk grasslands and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region – a landscape that has experienced some of the highest grassland conversion rates on the continent. In addition to providing critical nesting habitat for migratory birds, these grasslands continuously sequester and store carbon and are the foundation of DU’s Carbon Program and carbon trading efforts to date. DU’s Carbon Program furthers its conservation mission by increasing waterfowl habitat in critical nesting areas through voluntary incentives that financially reward landowners for their efforts.
“This is exactly the kind of win-win solution that Radicle helps organizations achieve by balancing profitability and mission-critical sustainability initiatives,” says Rori Cowan, Director of US Business Development for Radicle. “We’re thrilled to partner with the team at Ducks Unlimited to generate grasslands carbon offsets.”
DU and Radicle’s partnership leverages the strengths of DU’s existing conservation initiatives and longstanding innovation, and Radicle’s experience in scaling carbon offset projects and navigating the dynamic marketplace. Together, the two companies are creating a new horizon of opportunity to generate grassland offset credits in key landscapes of North America.
“Our role at DU is to think innovatively on ways in which we can reward landowners for the services they provide to society,” says Billy Gascoigne, DU’s Economist and Carbon Program Lead. “This partnership with Radicle provides a framework for us to be far more efficient in scaling grassland carbon credit development, with the hope that these gains can lead to new opportunities for grassland landowners in high-conversion landscapes.”
DU’s Carbon Program produced the first verified and validated grassland offsets in the U.S., with roughly 80,000 issued to date – the equivalent of 10,000 cars’ emissions.
The two companies have now joined forces to bring an estimated 100,000 credits to the voluntary market by early-2021.
About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved almost 15 million acres, thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.
Radicle helps guide today’s progressive companies towards tomorrow’s sustainable future. From our early beginnings in Calgary, Canada, when we developed one of the world’s first software platforms to measure, qualify, and aggregate greenhouse gas emissions, we’ve now taken root internationally to leverage data, insights, and technology to safeguard our shared tomorrow. Radicle works with agriculture, energy, manufacturing, commercial, and financial services to enable planet-positive solutions by increasing efficiency while lowering costs and emissions. We believe that financial and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin: balance between the two is possible. Visit radiclebalance.com to learn more.