The ROW releases final recommendations

New Report Outlines Roadmap for How States and Provinces Can Link With California’s Cap-and-Trade Program to Reduce Tropical Deforestation

SACRAMENTO – Today, an expert panel convening for two years released its final recommendations incorporating hundreds of comments from stakeholders on how the state of Acre in Brazil and the state of Chiapas in Mexico could link efforts to reduce deforestation and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions under the state of California’s cap-and-trade system.

The report, titled “The ROW Report: Recommendations to Conserve Tropical Rainforests, Protect Local Communities and Reduce State-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” was completed after an extensive multi-country, multi-stakeholder public outreach effort to present a balanced approach focused on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Tropical Deforestation, otherwise known as REDD. Tropical deforestation now accounts for 15% of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector.

“Reducing tropical deforestation has to be part of any state or national effort to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions,” said Tony Brunello, Executive Director of the Green Technology Leadership Group and Facilitator for the REDD Offset Working Group (ROW). “This report provides a simple roadmap for how any state or national jurisdiction can link with California’s rigorous cap-and-trade system.”

The ROW was created in 2011 through a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Acre, California and Chiapas. The three states requested the ROW to develop a set of recommendations on how to design a compliance-grade jurisdictional (state or province-wide) system for REDD+ and link this program to California’s cap-and-trade system. Under the ROW, the GTLG worked with experts in affiliation with the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, Conservation International and other environmental organizations in California, Chiapas and Acre to complete the recommendations.

“Without the expert input from the ROW experts and hundreds of comments from interested stakeholders, we could not have completed this effort,” Brunello said. “Now, we look forward to working with California, Acre and Chiapas, and any other cap-and-trade compliance regime, to begin the process to create a REDD offset compliance program.”

The draft ROW report was released earlier this year followed by three workshops at Stanford University, the University of California at Davis, and the University of California at Los Angeles, where the ROW collected comments from stakeholders and the public. Highlights from these workshops and all ROW information can be found at


Contact: Tony Brunello,, 916.718.8292

About the Green Technology Leadership Group

GTLG is a nonprofit organization committed to providing policy leadership for the sector by connecting innovators with policymakers. Participants in the organization are leading companies, clean technology business organizations and policy experts in the areas of renewable energy (solar, biomass, wind, and geothermal), alternatives fuels, carbon management, energy efficiency, and other green technology innovators. 


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