Comparison of online greenhouse gas accounting tools for agriculture

Key messages

  • Six online greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting tools were identified and analyzed to determine their advantages and disadvantages to how they estimate GHG emissions and emission reductions and provide context-relevant mitigation options with details regarding mitigation potential and potential trade-offs.
  • The tools are the CCAFS Mitigation Options Tool (CCAFS-MOT), the Agriculture and Land Use Greenhouse Gas Inventory (ALU) Software, the Small-Holder Agriculture Monitoring and Baseline Assessment (SHAMBA), the EX-Ante Carbon-balance Tool (EX-ACT), the Cool Farm Tool (CFT), and the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP).
  • This comparison aims to help potential users to better understand in which projects and activities the GHG accounting tools will be most relevant.
  • Differential features include data required, emission factors used, whether mitigation options are identified, and usability at different geographic scales.

MacSween K, Feliciano D. 2018. Comparison of online greenhouse gas accounting tools for agriculture. CCAFS Info Note. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).