Panel report on Tontitown project now available

As regular readers know, TerraPass recently conducted a full review of the Tontitown landfill methane flaring project, a project in our portfolio that came under heavy criticism in an article in BusinessWeek magazine. We investigated the allegations in the BusinessWeek article, wrote up our conclusions, and submitted those conclusions to an outside panel of experts for a final determination on project quality.

That determination is now available here. Although we will certainly have additional thoughts on this in future posts, right now it seems best to allow the panel’s well-considered opinions to stand on their own.

In very brief summary, the panel gave qualified approval to the Tontitown project, saying that it meets “a minimum threshold of additionality.” They panel concurs with our analysis showing that the project meets several standard additionality tests, and makes recommendations for further criteria we should apply to future projects.

A huge thanks to the panel for donating their time to this project. Their report is short and readable, so please give it a skim and, as always, send questions our way.

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  1. Anonymous - May 7, 2007

    Does Al Gore own any part of this company and how do I track where my dollars go when I buy the passes?
    I do think you are on the right track and tip my hat to a simple plan to give back.
    Thank you

  2. Adam Stein - May 7, 2007

    Hi anon —
    No, Al Gore does not own any part of TerraPass, although he does own a TerraPass by virtue of his appearance in the Oscar ceremony.
    You can learn about the projects we fund and the specific allocations on our projects page:
    http://www.terrapass.com/projects

  3. Rob - May 8, 2007

    Thanks for posting the report. It’s interesting to see a policy issue in such a nascent state of application — the referenced Defra report is only a few months old.
    On the “three Rs” subject of a few days ago, the Defra report uses “avoid” and “reduce” as the first two, which seems accurate. Adding “offset” still leaves it without much alliteration. :-)

  4. Adam Stein - May 8, 2007

    Still, it’s not bad. If I could think of a synonym for reduce that started with a vowel, we might have something…

  5. MarkS - May 9, 2007

    I think the fact that you guys took the BW article seriously, and are working toward making your purchases more meaningful is admirable. It would have been easy to simply deny, rebutt, or otherwise ignore the BW criticism. But it takes a special organization to accept the criticism, and initiate an open-ended analysis of the project, agreeing to abide by and implement the findings knowing that the outcome could be painful. Makes me even more comitted to your product.

  6. Liz - May 9, 2007

    What I’ll be interested in is, now that TerraPass has put its money where its mouth is, whether Business Week will have the courtesy to respond.