What are carbon credits?
A carbon credit is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to compensate for emissions made somewhere else. Credits are traceable, tradable and finite: When they are purchased, they are retired forever. This revenue funds projects and activities that protect or restore forests, often supporting local communities with alternative livelihood opportunities that keep trees standing, and it helps fund programs to do so in perpetuity.
A solution for climate change
Addressing climate change requires reducing carbon emissions. You can neutralize your emissions by retiring carbon credits.
Nature can provide at least 30 percent of the mitigation action needed to limit global warming. Currently, the world’s forests store more carbon than is in the entire atmosphere. Deforestation contributes 11 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions — more than all passenger cars combined.
Protecting forests and other natural ecosystems is one of the most effective ways to stabilize global climate change. By investing in the protection of forests through offsetting your emissions, you are helping protect forests from being burned and cleared, releasing their stored carbon. This also delivers multiple benefits that support critical habitat for threatened species, and that support communities that care for and depend on forests.
What do carbon credits support?
The purchase of certified carbon credits helps protect forests around the world vital to local communities as well as to climate change mitigation. Funds will support the recruitment and training of local rangers, construction of new ranger stations, new communication and monitoring equipment, programs to convert illegal loggers to eco-entrepreneurs, and improving roads for rangers and tourists.
The goal of validated and verified carbon projects is to improve the well-being of resident communities by enabling the sustainable use of nature and by maintaining healthy ecosystems. Funds from carbon credits are used to improve health care facilities and schools; start local environmental education programs; and support local income-generating activities that promote conservation, such as ecotourism, tree nurseries, beekeeping and sustainable crafts.
The purchase of certified carbon credits helps protect forests that are home to globally significant biodiversity — including many plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Funds help to implement endangered species management strategies, pay for additional camera traps for wildlife monitoring and install fences where necessary to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
Carbon credits protect forests
Carbon credits directly support community-driven projects that protect and restore critical forests around the world. These forests:
- Absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
- Conserve valuable biodiversity
- Sustain livelihoods for millions of people
- Help Indigenous communities around the world build resilience to climate change
YOUR CARBON CREDITS IN ACTION
offset the annual impact of the average U.S. student with a car
offset the annual impact of the average U.S. resident
offset the annual impact of the average U.S. family