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The Woodland Carbon Code

A UK Carbon Standard

The Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) is a UK-wide carbon standard. Forest Carbon was one of the driving forces behind its creation, back in 2011, and our woodlands are validated and verified with the WCC.

This certification gives buyers confidence that the carbon credits they buy represent permanent and additional removals of carbon – that their investment reduces atmospheric carbon beyond what would have happened otherwise.

Validation and verification with the Code also provides landowners with a trusted framework for quantifying the carbon stored in their new woodlands.

Pending Issuance Units

Pending Issuance Units (PIUs) are issued at the outset of a woodland creation project, once the trees have gone into the ground and the project has been validated through the Woodland Carbon Code. Each PIU represents one tonne of CO2e that will be sequestered by the trees as they grow, from the day they’re planted until the end of the project, 30-100 years later.

Woodland Carbon Units

Under the Woodland Carbon Code, a woodland must be verified every 10 years from year 5 onwards. At each verification, the tonnes of sequestered CO2e are measured, and a commensurate quantity of Pending Issuance Units are converted to Woodland Carbon Units (WCUs). By the end of a project, if it has grown as expected, all PIUs will have been converted to WCUs.

While new woodlands will, in many cases, continue to sequester carbon for 100 years and beyond, Project Hosts often choose shorter commitments under the WCC. What this means is that we may stop verifying and quantifying the carbon stored in the woodland after 50 or 60 years, but it will continue to capture carbon and provide a range of benefits for decades to come. 

Where our
projects are

Forest Carbon leads the way in developing woodland creation and peatland restoration projects for carbon capture and ecosystem services. Through the planting of over 9.5 million new trees in 200+ new woodlands in the UK since 2006 our partners’ projects are removing over 2.000,000 tonnes of CO2 from the global atmosphere, as well as providing a host of other benefits to society, including flood mitigation, river improvement and public access.

The quality of our schemes is assured by the UK government’s Woodland Carbon Code and the IUCN's Peatland Code, both of which certify our projects in important areas like biodiversity, ‘additionality’, risk management and carbon capture measurement.

Compensating for your unavoidable environmental impact by helping to create a new woodland or restore a degraded peatland is rewarding in many ways. Check out our project location map to see what we've done in different parts of the UK.

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