Best Carbon Credits

The best carbon credits, also known as verified emission reductions or carbon offsets, are generated from sustainable, carbon reduction projects that have been independently validated and verified against a leading third party certification standard. The best carbon credits are based all around the world and may come from projects in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and forestry sectors.

Some of the leading third party, voluntary carbon certification standards include the American Carbon Registry, the Climate Action Reserve, the Gold Standard, and the Verified Carbon Standard. For forestry projects, the Verified Carbon Standard is often coupled with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard. Foundation has a quality assurance protocol to ensure we are sourcing the best carbon credits. In addition to projects satisfying the technical requirements of the chosen certification standard – such as addressing additionality, permanence, and leakage – Foundation also looks at the project’s location, the project’s potential for market transformation, the social and environmental co-benefits generated by the project, and ultimately whether there is an inspiring story associated with the project.

There are a lot of examples of the best carbon credits. Foundation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, has four Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects in the Brazilian Amazon that are preserving rainforest habitat for a tremendous amount of biodiversity including jaguars, monkeys, and toucans. In addition, such projects are delivering direct benefits to local communities such as building health clinics, facilitating visits by doctors and nurses, renovating schools, and building community bathrooms.

There are also many carbon reduction projects that involve water filtration programmes and clean cookstoves, which are not only reducing emissions, but are also improving indoor air quality and improving access to potable water for local communities. Foundation has also supported US-based wind projects, truck stop electrification projects, and livestock methane projects which directly help local landowners, local truckers, and local farmers.

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