With your purchase order, we buy and hold regulated U.S. emission rights and issue and retire Air to Earth Carbon Removal Offsets on your behalf. In exchange, we recognize your leadership and register your voluntary effort to reduce emissions and remove carbon from the air in a socially beneficial, permanent, additional, real and quantifiable (“SPARQ”) manner.
We remove carbon by forcing U.S. power plants to reduce emissions when we buy and hold scarce emission rights
As background, regulated U.S. power plants have a license to emit carbon. In certain jurisdictions, they must pay for this right. For example, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or “RGGI”, a cooperative effort by eleven New England and Mid-Atlantic States (1), requires power generators to purchase “allowances” or the legal right to emit a ton of carbon for each ton of carbon they release burning fossil fuels. The process is transparent, conducted by auction and enforceable; generators are obligated to measure and report their emissions to the EPA and must surrender a matching quantity of allowances to regulators or face stiff financial penalties and/or revocation of operating licenses. RGGI recently mandated an additional 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from current levels by 2030.
Our goal is to cause the RGGI power sector to cut their emissions IN HALF by 2030 – consistent with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C
We believe RGGI is a tremendous success story that is completely underutilized by the voluntary carbon markets. RGGI has achieved tangible and certifiable emission reduction results, having reduced their overall CO2 emissions by 18% over the decade ending 2017 compared to a 11% reduction in non-RGGI States (2). The power generation sector led the way, accounting for just 23% of CO2 emissions in 2017 versus 35% from non-RGGI States (3). Since the program’s inception in 2008, RGGI States have raised and used $4.0 billion of auction proceeds to fund energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy projects, greenhouse gas abatement and direct bill assistance. Air to Earth Carbon Removal Offsets leverage the most successful regulatory frameworks that are proven and demonstrated to reduce U.S. emissions.
(1) Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. For more detail, see Acadia Center, 2019. “The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – Ten Years in Review”.
(2) U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), May 20, 2020 Release Date - Table 1 - State energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by year, unadjusted (1990-2017) and calculations made by us for this analysis.
(3) U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), May 20, 2020 Release Date - Table 4 – 2017 State energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by sector and calculations made by us for this analysis.
ADVOCACY & SPONSORSHIP
Kiss the Ground is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to awaken people to the possibilities of regeneration and inspire participation in this movement through media, communications, education, workshops, immersive programming, and advocacy. Since being established in 2013 with the goal of creating societal awareness around the extraordinary potential of healthy soil, Kiss the Ground has educated and activated millions.
Our mission is to awaken people to the possibilities of regeneration. Our vision comes from our heart. Earth is thriving because humanity is in balance with all living systems. Reverence and interconnection are the foundation of our relationship with nature.
From growing 95% of our food to creating freshwater sources to balancing our climate to being the foundation of all life on land, soil drives our optimism for what’s possible.
Soil sequestration is a cost-effective and readily available climate solution, with the potential to remove 250 million metric tons or more of CO2 per year in the United States alone (4)
Founded in 1995, Restore America’s Estuaries leads a national alliance of 10 coastal conservation groups dedicated to restoring and preserving America’s estuaries and coasts. RAE member organizations restore coastal habitats in 11 estuaries and 16 states nationwide. Stretching from Maine to California, we have unmatched national reach and effectiveness; our local projects restore coastal wetlands, open fish passages, remove invasive species, build living shorelines, transplant seagrasses, replant salt marshes, and restore shellfish habitat.
As the leader of a national alliance, we are a powerful force for coastal habitat restoration in the nation’s capital. We provide a unified voice for coastal conservation in Washington D.C. and advance the science and practice of habitat restoration through on-the-ground projects, groundbreaking science, high-level meetings, and our biennial National Coastal and Estuarine Summit.
Coastal blue carbon is the ability of tidal wetlands and seagrass habitats to capture and store carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which are among the most land efficient regions on Earth for naturally storing carbon
We believe technological innovation is paramount to meet the challenge presented by Net Zero Emissions (4). We are focused on improving efficiencies of Direct Air Capture and Storage, as it is linear and directly solves the problem of legacy carbon emissions. Done properly, it has the potential to completely alter the playing field of carbon removal and the probability of actually attaining Net Zero Emissions globally by 2050. We support our parent company, Air to Earth LLC, who has designed and engineered a hydraulically efficient direct air capture facility, as confirmed by computational fluid dynamics simulations. We plan to optimize its design and evaluate novel ways to efficiently extract CO2 from the air and remove it from the filters.
(4) National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
To achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century, reduced emissions alone will no longer be enough