Carbon Compensation

Part of Voluntary Sustainability

Burning fossil fuels generates CO2 emissions, which accounts for the largest amount of greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere. Carbon emissions can be avoided or compensated via sustainable carbon-neutral projects that allow entities that over produce CO2 to balance their production through the acquisition of compliance or voluntary certificates.



CERs, Certified Emission Reductions, are a type of emission units issued by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board under the rules of the Kyoto Protocol. One CER offsets one tonne of CO2 compensation.

Gold Standard

Gold Standard, also known as GS, is a carbon compensation standard that entails its CO2 offset projects to have environmental and social benefits to local communities. These benefits must go beyond the sole goal to compensate CO2 emissions. Gold Standards can be used both for voluntary offsetting projects, as well as CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) projects.


VCS, also known as Verified or Voluntary Carbon Standard, is a voluntary certification for Carbon offsetting. VCS Projects are solely focused on greenhouse gases (GHG) emission reductions, and do not require any additional social or environmental benefit for local communities. The approved projects are registered and traded as VCUs (Voluntary Carbon Units). Each VCU corresponds to 1 metric tonne of CO2 reduction.


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