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

Carbon credits accredited by Verra are globally recognised, and are 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

 

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VCS is a certification standard for carbon projects and credits. VCS does not oversee retail markets nor does it certify or endorse any retailer or broker of VCUs.

 

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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. 

AVOIDED

LOCATION
BRAZIL
PROJECT TYPE
FORESTRY

 

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Deforestation

Description: Located in an area of the Amazon rich in valuable timber species. This area has been subjected to illegal logging, unclear land tenure laws, weak law enforcement, and severe poverty.

This project supports the largest terrestrial 'carbon sink' in the world by preventing unplanned deforestation of native forests, thus avoiding net emissions of at least 80 million tCO2-e over the project's 40 year lifetime.

 

Co-benefits: This project holds the additional certification CCBA Gold Level, showing it addresses support of local communitites and smallholders, and conservation of biodiversity.

The reduction of deforestation and forest degradation benefits the local community directly, by creating new employment opportunities for forest monitoring, providing training, and increasing the capacity of agroforestry techniques.

 

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AVOIDED

LOCATION
PERU
PROJECT TYPE
FORESTRY

 

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Deforestation

Description: Consists of 100,000 hectares of rainforest, located in the peruvian amazon. This area is within the ecological corridor Vilcabamba-Amboro, one of the world's greatest biodiversity hotspots. Avoided deforestation of this area will protect 4 endangered rainforest species and 31 endangered wildlife species.

 

Co-benefits: This project has been verified according to the VCU standard for the 5th consecutive year, and has achieved the additional certification CCBA Gold Level.

Constant monitoring and protection of the area benefits the local communities by providing security, as well as courses and training to those who wish to improve their qualifications. Additionally, some resources from the project are allocated as donations to the local Yine tribe, with the purpose of funding health assistance, transportation improvements, and emergency support services.

 

 

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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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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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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