Carbon Offset Brokers

While Foundation is a carbon offset retailer and its subsidiary CarbonCo develops carbon offset projects and provides carbon consulting services, there are also carbon offset brokers in the carbon markets.

To begin, carbon offset projects are developed by project developers.  CarbonCo, for example, has developed four Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) projects in the Western Brazilian Amazon state of Acre.  These REDD+ projects, which have been independently validated and verified against both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS) with Gold Level Distinction, are collectively preserving upwards of 300,000 hectares of lowland tropical rainforest, benefitting 2,000+ local community members, and providing habitat to a tremendous amount of terrestrial biodiversity such as jaguars, tapirs, and monkeys.

Upon completing the validation and verification audits, project developers may then sell the carbon offsets generated by their projects directly to an end-user, such as an individual or a company for its climate neutrality commitments, or sell the carbon offsets to an intermediary.  These intermediaries include carbon offset retailers, such as Foundation, and carbon offset aggregators.  There are also carbon offset brokers, which essentially introduce buyer and seller in the marketplace.  Brokers usually do not take ownership of the underlying carbon offset credit; rather, carbon offset brokers help to facilitate the transaction in exchange for a commission.  Brokers primarily operate in the compliance carbon markets, but some brokers also operate in the voluntary carbon market.  The reason for this is because the compliance carbon markets often involve more frequent and higher volume trades at higher prices, as opposed to the voluntary carbon market.

A few of the most popular United States-based carbon offset brokers are:

To learn more about the carbon markets and our projects, please visit Foundation.