Merom Farms

Abbotsford, British Columbia

Canada

Biomass

Technical details

You may have tasted a bell pepper from Merom Farms. The family-run operation in the Canadian province of British Columbia, less than an hour’s drive southeast of Vancouver, ships 11 million green, yellow, orange, and red bell peppers every year to grocery stores across Canada and into the United States.

The peppers grow hydroponically in 36 acres of greenhouses. That requires less land and water than conventional agriculture. Merom Farms also uses biological rather than chemical pest control, deploying “good bugs” to fight bad bugs that might damage the crop. Looking to further improve its sustainability, the company switched in 2006 from fossil fuels to biomass to heat the greenhouses. It fuels the boilers with waste wood from local sawmills and other industrial operations.

During 2013, according to independently verified calculations by the project designer, the switch in heating fuel reduced the amount of carbon dioxide or equivalent greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere by 9,076 metric tons (10,005 US tons). So the project produced 9,076 carbon offsets that year, because each offset (sometimes called a carbon credit) represents 1 metric ton of reduced or avoided emissions. Cloverly purchased 430 of those offsets.

Cloverly buys offsets that meet accepted standards for being real, measurable, verifiable, permanent, and additional. “Additional” means that the carbon savings would not have happened without the offset project and that the project would not have happened unless it got certified to sell carbon offsets. The Merom project is registered with the CSA GHG CleanProjects Registry. You can find verification documents at https://www.csaregistries.ca/cleanprojects/masterprojectdetails_e.cfm?pid=710.

Projects can produce many offsets during a year. So a project may appear more than once in the Cloverly portfolio. You can tell the year of the offset by the date in the web address: “12-months-starting-[month]-[year].” For a list of all the project in our portfolio and an interactive map, see https://dashboard.cloverly.com/offsets. Learn more about Cloverly at https://cloverly.com.

Percent Utilized

100.000%

Total Capacity

Instrument Type

Carbon Offset

Registry Name

CSA