Downforce Technologies gains international certification for their GHG monitoring and removal program
10 October 2023
In a major endorsement of its methods for measuring soil organic carbon removals enhancements, Downforce Technologies has been granted International Organization for Standardization certification for 14064 Part 2 (ISO 14064-2), a first for any company measuring soil organic carbon and assessing land management practices remotely on a global scale.
The accreditation 14064-2 underscores Downforce’s reputation as a leader in science-based, data-driven insights and solutions.
Downforce’s ISO-certified methodology enables companies with land-based supply chains to understand their soil carbon baseline across their portfolio, report their net zero position in a compliant way and establish carbon projects with their suppliers to generate carbon credits for retirement. These credits for verified carbon removals can be used to inset against their supply chain emissions.
ISO is a non-governmental organisation with a membership of 169 national standards bodies and oversees the internationally recognised 14060 family of standards relating to the measurement, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions and removals.
Downforce Technologies has gained ISO 14064-2 for its Downforce Natural Capital (DNC) Programme methodology and process for projects to be developed, monitored and verified for soil organic carbon removals and storage.
Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Prof Jacquie McGlade, a former Chief Scientist of the United Nations Environment Programme, said it was a milestone event for the company and demonstrated the credibility of its data fusion and digital twin methodologies underpinning its scientific assessments.
“Remote assessment, which fuses publicly available ground measurements with earth observation data, significantly reduces the costs to the landholder by minimising the need for standard soil testing. This is critical for Australia where properties range from tens to hundreds of thousands of hectares,” Prof McGlade said.
“ISO accreditation is the pre-eminent GHG certification scheme that enables Downforce to provide independently verified soil organic carbon measurement at scale, globally.”
Prof McGlade said with an ISO-accredited platform, users have access to a third-party verification process to confirm their carbon storage claims.
“Gaining ISO certification for soil carbon within a Natural Capital framework will help Downforce and its customers build confidence and trust in carbon farming as a means to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030,” she said.
Climate change will require significant emissions reductions to meet global commitments to halt the increase of the global average temperature to below 2° Celsius, but carbon removals will also be essential. Accordingly, there are rules and standards, now mandatory from the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), to report GHG net emissions from supply chains. This is a challenge but also an opportunity for food, beverage and textile companies and land managers to work together to reduce emissions as well as enhance carbon removals through good stewardship of the land.
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About Downforce Technologies
Downforce Technologies is a pioneering leader in science-led, data-driven land management solutions focused on optimising soil health, soil organic carbon levels, and biodiversity. With over 30% of the world's soil already degraded, urgent action is needed to address this pressing global challenge.
Soil erosion not only threatens global food security but also exacerbates climate change by releasing carbon into the atmosphere. At Downforce Technologies, our mission is to combat soil degradation head-on, making every hectare count to achieve global climate, biodiversity and food security goals and ensure a resilient and thriving planet for future generations. We revolutionise land management with our science-led, data-driven platform, empowering farmers, landowners, and supply chains to make informed decisions that preserve and restore soil health on a global scale.Back To News