San Juan Lachao, Western Oaxaca, Mexico
This project restores forest areas affected by damage from erosion, fires, and illegal grazing and forestry exploitation, among other dangers.
Why we love it: This community-owned initiative was set up as a demonstration project. If we demonstrate demand through carbon financing, it could result in more projects like this.
Partnered with Cool Effect
Coke County, Texas, USA
Capricorn Ridge was the first wind energy project in the U.S. to sell offsets under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
Why we love it: By supporting onshore wind farms, we help transition the U.S. to a permanently cleaner grid. Project Drawdown estimates the world needs to invest up to $1.7 trillion in onshore wind to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Partnered with UCAPTURE
Madre de Dios, Peru
Located in the lush primary forests of Madre de Dios, Peru, the Brazil Nut Concession REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) project is a collaboration with Bosques Amazonicos and the Madre de Dios Federation of Brazil Nut Concessioners to apply effective community-based conservation.
Kent County, Maryland, USA
This project supports farmers at Harborview Farms in Maryland to remove carbon from the atmosphere by storing it in the soil.Decades of industrial agriculture have depleted our soil of essential nutrients and carbon. When farmers adopt regenerative practices, they return carbon to their soil and keep it there, improving soil health and farming outcomes while reducing emissions.
A project's reduction in emissions must be measured and verified by a trustworthy, independent third party.
A project must show strong evidence that the emissions reduction it creates wouldn’t have happened without the project.
A project must demonstrate it has taken steps to ensure it won’t be destroyed by natural or human causes during the emissions reduction period.
A project must demonstrate it hasn’t caused emissions to increase somewhere else. For instance, this could happen if a forestry protection project simply displaces logging to another forest.
We need evidence that carbon credits issued from a project are backed by a contract with exclusive ownership - that is, they can’t be sold more than once. Seems crazy, but this really happens.
Where possible we prefer to support projects that create benefits beyond carbon reduction, including job creation, conservation and biodiversity, climate adaptation benefits, or demonstration potential for future projects.
We prefer to buy carbon credits that are recently verified.
The climate crisis presents enormous equity and justice challenges. The poorest and most vulnerable populations are affected most by changing climates. Where possible, we support projects that benefit these populations.
We seek to work with partners that demonstrate transparency in fee structure and operational efficiency. We aim to reduce complexity and fees in the supply chain from project developer to consumer.
We seek to support projects that advance the globally-recognized UN Sustainable Development Goals and Project Drawdown solutions.