ARB Offset Program Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
ARB has developed general guidance on the compliance offset program. ARB's main webpage for the Compliance Offset Program contains information and materials including:
In addition, ARB publishes guidance and FAQs that address general questions related to the offsets program.
- Guidance for CITSS Registration for Offset Project Operators and Authorized Project Designees
- Technical Guidance for Offset Verifiers
- Guidance for Verifying Forest Carbon Inventories
- U.S. Forest Projects Compliance Offset Protocol FAQs
- Ozone Depleting Substances Projects Compliance Offset Protocol FAQs
- Livestock Projects Compliance Offset Protocol FAQs
- Early Action FAQs
Potential New Compliance Offset Projects
The Cap-and-Trade Regulation establishes procedures for the approval of new Compliance Offset Protocols as well as requirements for new Compliance Offset Protocols. All new protocols will be developed by ARB, with public input, to satisfy the requirements of the Regulation.
Proposed Project Types:Compliance Offset Protocol Rice Cultivation Projects
Offset Project Listing Requirements for Native American Tribes
Tribes, because of their unique status as sovereign nations, must include a limited waiver of sovereign immunity that is legally binding under the Tribe’s laws as part of the offset project listing requirements to participate in the Compliance Offset Program. Tribes must meet the requirements of sections 95975(c)(1) through (5), and the requirements of section 95975(l) of the Cap-and-Trade Regulation before any offset project located on the categories of land specified in section 95973(d) of the Cap-and-Trade Regulation can be listed under ARB’s Compliance Offset Program. For more information please see the Offset Project Listing Requirements for Native American Tribes web page.
WEBINAR: How to List and Issue Registry Offset Credits and Early Action Offset Credits on ACR
To learn more about the process for listing and issuance of Registry Offset Credits and Early Action Offset Credits on ACR for the California Cap-and-Trade Program, view a powerpoint presentation and an instructional webinar video .