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Why do we prefer to buy all the carbon from a project?

The Woodland Carbon Code has inbuilt conservatism in its carbon calculations, which can lead to projects achieving more WCUs at verification than was predicted. 

At Forest Carbon, when we commit to purchasing a project’s carbon, our contract stipulates that we are also buying any extra WCUs that arise during future verifications. This is in contrast to some Project Developers, who offer the extra WCUs to the Project Host (landowner).

While we understand that the prospect of extra carbon credits is appealing, we believe it is misguided to treat any WCUs as surplus until the project completion date. 

Our rationale is as follows:

For all of these reasons Forest Carbon store any surplus WCUs in our own internal buffer. We do not sell any of these WCUs, but instead retain them as a safeguard to reduce the likelihood of a carbon shortfall at any stage in a project’s lifetime. We believe that this approach is the most responsible, risk-averse strategy available to Project Developers operating within the voluntary carbon market.


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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 additionality, permanence, 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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