Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) are fully accredited carbon offsets sourced from projects worldwide, including many in the developing world. The majority of the VCUs Carbon Neutral offers are verified by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). This Standard is among the most widely used quality assurance systems for accounting for GHG emissions reductions in the voluntary carbon market. 

Carbon offsets accredited by VCS are globally recognised and are also an eligible offset under the Australian Federal Government's National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

Key characteristics include:

  • VCUs remove or prevent CO2-e emissions from entering the atmosphere
  • One VCU equals one (1) tonne of CO2-e
  • VCUs are retired on an international registry. This guarantees that the carbon credits cannot be resold
  • The projects provide ongoing training and job opportunities for local communities in developing countries
  • The projects improve investment and support infrastructure for projects that remove or prevent CO2-e emissions from entering the atmosphere
  • Most VCU projects also enable technology transfer from industrial nations to developing countries

Verification conditions of this Standard include:

  • Real (the GHG reduction / avoidance must have happened)
  • Measurable
  • Conservative
  • Additional to business-as-usual scenario
  • Permanent
  • Independently verified
  • Uniquely numbered and transparently listed

 

Verified Carbon Units: Verified Carbon Standard

 

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Marketing and promotional materials are available for most projects, allowing you to demonstrate your commitment to reducing GHGs to your clients and stakeholders.

If you have a particular scheme or country in mind, please let us know and we can identify further options. 

Renewable

LOCATION

 

CHINA

 

PROJECT TYPE

 

(small)

HYDROPOWER

 

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Energy

Description: This small-scale hydropower project generates clean energy by utilising the water resources of the Dachunhe River to generate electricity. 

There is no reservoir formed in the project, so there is no submerged land or community displacement.

Note: During the dry seasons (Jan to May) the project stops operation in order to guarantee irrigation and ecological water to the community.

 

Co-benefits: Projects such as this in remote and less developed areas, reduces the migration of people to the already overcrowded cities by providing opportunities to develop themselves while remaining in a familiar environment. In summary, the project:

  • Creates jobs
  • Improves economic development and infrastructure
  • Builds knowledge and expertise within the hydro-energy sector
  • The local population has access to a stable source of sustainable energy

 

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AVOIDED

LOCATION

 

BRAZIL

 

PROJECT TYPE

 
FORESTRY

 

 

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Deforestation

Description: The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by stopping the deforestation of degraded and mature forests. This project is solely dedicated to sustainable management of its native forest. 

This project aims for a multiple usage of forest resources while at the same time protecting the ecosystem in the long term. Selective logging is undertaken and skidding is done carefully, minimising the harm to the brushwood and other trees.

 

Co-benefits:The project generates net positive impacts on the social and economic well-being of the local communities who derive livelihoods from the project area.

The sustainable forestry operations are warranted through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). By implementing its particular protection system the project contributes to reduce the deforestation and forest degradation in the Amazonian region.

A professional educational program started in 2014 and trains the foresters in new lines of action about the topic forest and its economic, and at the same time long–lasting, usage.

 

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Renewable

LOCATION

 

CHINA

 

PROJECT TYPE

 

WIND FARM

Energy

Description: The proposed project, located at Bayannaoer City; Inner Mongolia (China), will have a total installed capacity of 49.5MW. This will consist of 33 sets of 1.5MW wind turbines and the annual generation delivered to the grid is in excess of 120,000 MWh.

 

Co-benefits: The construction and operation of the proposed project will increase the local employment, improving living conditions of local people. The development of the proposed project will also contribute to the improvement of the local power system structure and the promotion of renewable energy’s utilisation. The project will help reduce GHG emissions and other pollutants compared with fossil fuel fired power generation.

 

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Renewable

LOCATION

 

UNITED STATES

 

PROJECT TYPE

 

LANDFILL GAS

 

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Energy

Description: This project involves two phases. Phase 1 involves recovery and flaring of landfill gases (LFGs) emitted by a municipal landfill in Illinois. The second phase utilises the flared LFGs for renewable energy generation, with the capacity to produce 42,000 MWh of electricity annually.

 

Co-benefits: This has a dual source of economic benefits by providing carbon credits for a reduction in emissions by capturing and flaring LFGs. Renewable energy is also produced as a by-product from flaring. Implementing and operating the project also provides a boost to local employment. A crucial benefit is the opportunity for other municipal landfills to implement the technology from this project to replicate its success.

 

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Renewable

LOCATION

 

INDIA

 

PROJECT TYPE

 

WIND FARM

 

 

Energy

Description: This project's main activity is to produce renewable energy from natural wind sources and to promote the sustainable development of the wind industry by bringing investors with small to medium power requirements to invest in wind power generation. The project consists of over 800 wind turbine generators which collectively produce approximately 817.63 GWh of power.

 

Co-benefits: One of the core focus points for the project is to actively promote and increase investment into the wind power generation industry contributing to long term sustainable development and power generation diversity. The project has provided short term job opportunities and contracting for the construction of the wind farms. Long term employment opportunities have also been created for the ongoing commissioning of the project

 

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PROTECTION

LOCATION

 

AUSTRALIA

 

PROJECT TYPE

 

FORESTRY

 

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Description: This project promotes improved forestry management by bringing and supporting groups of local landholders to protect areas of forests that would have otherwise been logged in the absence of carbon financing.

 

Co-benefits:  Boundary is home to a number of native species including: the Rainbow Lorikeet, Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-Tail Quoll, and the Albino Wallaby which will all be protected.

 

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LOCATION

 

GUATEMALA

 

PROJECT TYPE

 

FORESTRY

 

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Description: This project consists of the rejuvenation and establishment of multiple rubber tree plantations. It is a first of its kind VCS Forestry Project in the American continent, presenting a worldwide milestone on responsible reforestation with rubber trees.

 

Co-benefits:   This project entails reforestation and plantation of rubber trees in areas where deforestation and degradation has occurred due to cattle grazing and helps alleviate poverty by creating 1,200 permanent jobs, as well as bringing an increase in regional wellbeing with local support from the project owner. Furthermore it supports rural schools.

 

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