Long Beach eyes Forest Carbon Project

Long Beach, California is looking to cash in on the state’s carbon market by generating carbon offsets from the city’s trees.

Facing deficit cuts to the forest maintenance budget, city officials have elected to inventory Long Beach’s extensive urban forests to determine their carbon potential.

The California Air Resources Board has approved four project types, including Forestry and Urban Forestry, to supply carbon offset credits for use in the state’s 2013 mandatory carbon market.

Another California city has already undertaken a carbon project by planting trees in their urban forests.

The carbon offset credits could be necessary, with a projected demand for over 10 million credits in 2013 alone.