VCS provides a robust, global standard and program for approval of credible voluntary offsets. The Verified Carbon Standard is presently the world’s leading voluntary greenhouse gas program.
VCS quality assurance principles ensure all VCUs represent GHG emission reductions or removals that are real, measurable, additional, permanent, independently verified, conservatively estimated, uniquely numbered, and transparently listed.
The benefits of VCS include:
The Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta) is a flexible framework for assessing and reporting on the sustainable development benefits of project-based activities, helping unlock new sources of finance to support and scale up high-impact efforts.
The SD VISta Program sets out rules and criteria for the design, implementation and assessment of projects that aim to deliver high-impact sustainable development benefits. Under SD VISta, projects must demonstrate to the satisfaction of a third-party assessor that they meet the SD VISta Program’s rigorous rules and requirements and advance the SDGs. Once projects have been certified in the SD VISta Program, their contributions to the SDGs are listed on the Verra Registry. Some projects may
issue SD VISta assets: units representing sustainable development benefits that can be sold or retired and claimed.
The Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards identify a project that simultaneously addresses climate change, supports local communities and smallholders, and conserve biodiversity. The CCB Standards identify land management projects that deliver net positive benefits for climate change mitigation, for local communities and for biodiversity. The CCB Standards can be applied to any land management project, including projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or from avoided degradation of other ecosystems, and projects that remove carbon dioxide by sequestering carbon (e.g., reforestation, afforestation, re-vegetation, forest restoration, agroforestry, and sustainable agriculture) or other land management, from design through implementation and monitoring.
The CCB aims to leverage policies and markets to promote the development of forest protection, restoration, and agroforestry projects through high-quality multiple-benefit land-based carbon projects.CCB helps clients to achieve emission reductions along with conserving biodiversity and support local stakeholders.