December Acronym of the Month – CEA

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In this month’s jargon-busting breakdown, we unpack the acronym CEA and what it means in the context of a carbon project. 


One of the main acronyms you’ll come across when working with ACCU land sector methods is CEA – or, Carbon Estimation Area. At a high-level, this is an area in which carbon stock change is intended to be increased by implementing a specific activity.


A CEA must generally:

✔️ Be homogenous in terms of its biophysical characteristics (i.e. consistent soil type),
✔️ Have the project activity and any management actions consistently applied across its entirety (i.e., if your activity is environmental planting under the Reforestation method, these must be planted using the same species mix, at the same density, at the same time).


The rules for CEAs differ under each method, and are outlined within the relevant methodology determination. It is important to understand these requirements before starting an ACCU project, as they can have a significant influence in your project design.


Here’s an example from the carbon project at Weelhamby:



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