Carbon Credits are a way of investing in projects that save or remove carbon outside of your own value chain. When you purchase from us, we only use certified carbon credits to ensure they meet the key principles of high quality carbon credits.
We have carefully put together a portfolio of carbon credits that are all independently certified by either the Gold Standard or the Woodland Carbon Code, so you can be confident that the carbon savings are real and conform to the highest quality standards. Our projects also have additional social and environmental benefits beyond carbon savings.
Once you have purchased your credits, we will retire them in a public registry to prevent double counting and to put your offset on the public record.
In this way, we ensure that you meet the best practice principles of; verifiability; additionality; permanence; and avoidance of negative consequences.
Improved cookstoves for East Africa
Exposure to indoor cooking smoke is the world’s leading killer of children under five and is reported to be responsible for around four million deaths per year. In addition, Malawi alone loses 2,000km2 of forest a year due to 93% of the country’s energy demand coming from wood fuel. 91% of rural households use traditional three-stone stoves that use a lot of wood, produce prodigious smoke and cook food relatively slowly.
The domestic cook-stove model is called the Chitetezo Mbaula in Malawi and Canarumwe in Rwanda. This stove can be used as a portable stove or can be fixed and has a laboratory test efficiency of 30.6%, more than three times the efficiency of the baseline three-stone stoves, which results in reduced fuel consumption, improved heat transfer, raising the cooking pot to the hottest point above the flame and improved heat retention. The ceramic stove is produced locally, using locally-available materials, creating employment in a sustainable industry. The project has reached more than 3.5 million Malawians since 2006 and provides income to about 3000 people, mostly women.
Benefits of the project
Reduced household labour and improved livelihoods:
Stable Farming Environments:
Gold Standard Certified Project
This project supports Sustainable Development Goals...
Neutralising your residual emissions for Net Zero requires physical removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Our recommended approach is through the planting of trees, which absorb CO2 as they grow, via the Woodland Carbon Code.
This provides independent evidence that you have invested in the planting of new trees and verification of when CO2 removal has occurred.
Trees absorb CO2 as they grow and take several years to reach full carbon capture capacity.
The Woodland Carbon Code accounts for this by issuing “Pending Issuance Units” (PIUs) which then get converted into carbon credits called “Woodland Carbon Units” (WCUs) when the woodland is audited in the future.
Once Net Zero has been achieved the need for offsetting does not stop.
You will need to purchase PIUs every year to neutralise your expected residual emissions each year.
Example PIU calculation
Expected residual emissions (tCO2e) = 10 tCO2e
Net zero target year = 2050
Start year = 2025
Carbon Credits FAQs
Are your carbon credits suitable for Net Zero claims?
The aim of our (and any credible) Net Zero programme is to reduce our emissions to as close to zero as possible. However, most organisations are unlikely to be able to reduce to absolute zero, so for them achieving Net Zero will involve the purchase of carbon credits to neutralise their "residual emissions" (the emissions that are left once all carbon reduction options have been exhausted).
We follow the guidelines of the Science-Based Targets Initiative, which state that Net Zero Neutralisation must be done by removing a quantity of CO2 equivalent to a company's residual emissions and locking it away in permanent storage.
Technologies for carbon removal are under development so we keep this constantly under review. Currently our recommended approach is through the planting of trees, which absorb CO2 as they grow, via the Woodland Carbon Code.
Are your carbon credits suitable for Carbon Neutral claims?
We no longer recommend Carbon Neutrality as a desired outcome. However, if this is something you want to do, we believe our managed portfolio is the best approach. We use a combination of carbon credits and tree planting to maximise your impact.
Carbon Neutrality is a goal that we have previously promoted, and when done well it can be beneficial to the global effort to combat climate change. So why do we no longer recommend pursuing Carbon Neutrality as a desired outcome? Our key reasons are as follows:
Members of our previous programme will have a grace period during which they can continue to attain Carbon Neutral certification (Note: Our Carbon Neutral certification requires ongoing carbon reduction and includes the complete carbon footprint).
Members of the Road to Net Zero programme are still very much encouraged to invest in carbon credits as a way to contribute to the global effort to combat climate change. However we no longer refer to these purchases as "offsetting", instead they will be recognised on your certificate as a "Contribution to wider impact" (see Certification page for details).
We acknowledge that this is a change in our position, but we think that it is more important to reflect current best practice than to hold onto an outdated method for the sake of avoiding potential embarrassment.
How will our Carbon Credits purchases be recognised?
If you are a member of the Road to Net Zero programme, any carbon credits you purchase will be recognised on your certificate as a "Contribution to wider impact" or, in the case of Woodland Carbon Code PIUs, as a "Contribution to future impact" (see Certification page for details).