Carbon Projects 101

Carbon Project Basics

A carbon credit is generated from a specific project activity that destroys, sequesters or avoids greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One credit is equivalent to 1 Mt (metric tonne) of greenhouse gas emissions, as measured in carbon dioxide equivalency or CO2e. Credits are assigned a value, and are available for purchase. Carbon finance enables projects to exist that wouldn’t otherwise. 

Evergreen Carbon seeks out projects that provide co-benefits for sustainable development, along with the carbon credits. By offsetting unavoidable emissions, organizations and businesses are participants in sustainable development. Greenhouse gas management commitments can do inspiring work around the world with carbon credits that meet strict, well-regulated and quality standards.

All offsets Evergreen Carbon provide are:
Real, Additional, Verified, Registered, and Permanent.

Real – The project has to exist and the credits issues have to represent measurable reductions in greenhouse gases.

Additional – Projects have to be beyond business as usual for that industry. A project is demonstrated to be additional by showing that without carbon finance supporting the project, it wouldn’t happen. Projects have to meet legal, performance and financial standards.

Verified – An independent technically qualified, 3rd party verifies claims of generated carbon credits. Verification requires site visits, interviews and detailed documentation review. Only professionals, with the requisite technical and auditing skills are involved making sure the project credits are what they are claimed.

Registered – Carbon Credits can be used only once. GHG registries holds and tracks credits, while having no involvement in the sale of the credits. The registries provide a serial number and tracking that each credit is used only once and are unique.

Permanent – Carbon credits are only accounted for ex-post, they have to have already been generated. Credits cannot be reversed. Buffers and other safeguards are used to provide assurance of offset permanence.

Our partner consultancy, Lightstone Consulting supports your broader carbon reporting needs.

Help you understand your carbon footprint and to develop a tailored sustainability plan.
Do a supply chain analysis to understand broader carbon impacts
Provide full emissions reporting to such programs as the CDP or The Climate Registry (TCR) and more.
Provide guidance for emissions self-reporting to such programs as the CDP or TCR, and more.

Carbon Credits for Businesses and Organizations

At Evergreen Carbon, we help you gauge the carbon footprint of your business or organization, then work with our team to purchase the carbon credits to get your business or organization in balance. 

Offsetting each employee’s individual carbon footprint, as part of your benefits program, costs less than you might expect and is exceptionally simple to implement. There are opportunities to purchase small amounts of carbon credits for individuals from our partner organization. Carbon Credit Cart. As an average buyer, it’s hard to know what is a reliable carbon credit purchase. We take the guesswork out of this process. A real carbon credit (offset) is traceable to its source; the unique serial number assigned to the carbon credit can be traced to the carbon project, it’s location, the year the carbon credit was verified, who the project proponents are, who the verification team was that independently verified the carbon credit, the greenhouse gas (GHG) registry where the carbon project is listed, etc.

Evergreen Carbon partners with Carbon Credit Cart to provide credible and documented carbon credits. We provided guidance and insights in Carbon Credit Cart’s development. This carbon credit outlet provides relevant original documents associated with the carbon projects. They provide an emailed certificate that specifies the serial number or range of serial numbers for the carbon credits purchased. To learn more about carbon credits, check out Carbon Credit Cart’s Carbon Credits 101.