As member of the Cool Farm Alliance, we are using the Cool Farm Tool (CFT) for the calculation of the total farm footprint, including all sources of the internal CO2 emissions. In addition to the assessment of the CFT our Standard is assessing data of afforestation & reforestation, compost requirements, renewable energy as well as the soil carbon sequestration. With the help of the CFT it is possible to get a holistic picture of each farm’s impact.

The cool farm tool covers the five different areas of tree, compost, renewable energy, soil and Lifestock and this is how:

The Economy of Love Standard uses verified assessment tools for the collection of data on the amount of carbon emissions, sequestration, or avoidance. It allows the EoL to sell carbon credits under verified conditions. To ensure that a farm meets all Economy of Love criteria, the following key requirements have to be met:

EoL Afforestation & Reforestation Requirements

The EoL Tree Tool calculates the above-ground biomass and the below-ground biomass through the methods of Clean Development Mechanism CDM (IPCC Guidelines). For the planting and assessment of new trees the "Good Practice Guidance for Land Use - Land-Use Change and Forestry" (GPG-LULUCF) is used. The estimated carbon stock depends on the average carbon sequestration on the licensee farm during the crediting period. For Afforestation/Reforestation (A/R) EoL counts a crediting period of minimum 30 years and maximum 50 years. The amount of carbon sequestration depends on the estimated growth rate of the trees during the crediting period of EoL licensee. Yearly forest inventory should be done in order to update the carbon model and accordingly adapt the growth rate. The estimated carbon stock is calculated according to every tree species by the use of the IPCC factors. A realistic survival-rate should be reflected in the growth-model. Replanting of newly planted trees of 10% to 20% is normal in the long-term CO2-Fixation project.