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  • 11 Oct 2021 15:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In response to the statement made by Greenpeace's Executive Director Jennifer Morgan at the Reuters Impact conference, and published by Reuters on 6 October.


    ICROA would like to express its respect and support for the work of Greenpeace and echo the concerns of many climate activists around the world in demanding more action and raising concerns about the pace of emissions reductions by companies and governments. For many years, ICROA and its members have raised awareness about the urgency of the climate emergency and that both governments and businesses must do their utmost to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    Calling on companies, including the energy sector giants in particular, to accelerate their carbon reduction efforts is not in question. We welcome the actions taken by thousands of companies who have publicly committed to reducing their carbon footprint by setting ambitious science-based targets and successfully pursuing their net-zero decarbonisation strategy.

    However, we strongly disagree with Greenpeace about the statements criticising the role that carbon credits play in catalysing climate action and believe that Greenpeace misunderstands the role of external Emission Reductions (offsetting alongside and over and above deep internal reductions), in helping the world reach its climate goals. The statement made by Greenpeace's Executive Director Jennifer Morgan provides, we believe, misleading information about the role of carbon credits in climate action.

    The key criteria for any carbon market to work properly – whether it is a voluntary or compliance programme  - is that it does two things – 1) it puts a price on emitting carbon that motivates the emitter to reduce or stop the underlying emitting activity, and 2) it finances an equivalent reduction elsewhere that would not otherwise have happened. Indeed, the Voluntary Carbon Market, alongside the expansion of renewable energy, is one of the few areas of climate action that have funded and delivered real Emission Reductions over the last decade. It is a vital tool in the climate change ‘toolbox’.

    Several independent initiatives help corporates set science-based climate targets in a transparent, rigorous, and accountable way. None of them specifies using carbon credits as the only tool to meet those targets or indeed using offsets to achieve science-based interim targets. In fact, companies are urged to use carbon credits – over and above a Paris-aligned decarbonisation pathway – to tackle unavoidable emissions. Apart from delivering externally verified Emission Reductions, carbon offset projects drive capital and low-carbon technology to local economies, and also create jobs, provide education, and support indigenous communities. This flow of finance is urgently needed and should be both recognised and encouraged.

    We completely agree with Greenpeace that we need to hold companies accountable for their impact on climate by demanding transparent and credible action from them, but it is equally important that they take full responsibility for the residual emissions by channelling vital finance to impactful projects beyond their value chain to achieve further ambition.

    We support offsetting unavoidable residual emissions with high-quality carbon credits and in strict adherence to the mitigation hierarchy by ensuring best practices through the ICROA Accreditation Scheme. The members of ICROA adhere to a strict code of practice and are audited annually against this Code.


    ICROA Secretariat.

    Media Contact:

    Lukasz Biernacki

    Communications Director, ICROA.

    E: biernacki@ieta.org

  • 04 Aug 2021 23:51 | Deleted user

    ICROA has conditionally endorsed the Global Carbon Council (GCC) into the ICROA Code of Best Practice.  The ICROA Code is the established benchmark of quality for carbon management and offset service providers, and ICROA’s endorsement of credible carbon standards demonstrates quality, integrity and credibility in the voluntary carbon market.  GCC projects and credits will effectively be able to be used by ICROA members during the time frame of conditional endorsement.

    “We are thrilled to include GCC within our Code and are excited to see the operationalisation of the programme. We look forward to working with the team at GCC as we believe that it has the potential for real, credible and impactful emissions reductions,“ says Claire Mizutani, Director at ICROA. The conditional endorsement will allow for the programme to be used within the Code and once the operational threshold values are achieved, will be up for full endorsement.

    GCC is an initiative of Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD, Qatar – is the first and only global voluntary GHG Offsetting Program based in the MENA region and aims to contribute to a vision of sustainable and low carbon economy, helping people to preserve the environment. Established in 2016 and operational since 2019, GCC has received full approval under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) of the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 19 March 2021. GCC-issued carbon credits will be used for a fully carbon neutral FIFA World Cup in 2022. 

    Dr. Yousef Al Horr, President-Global Carbon Council said, “We are delighted to receive conditional approval of ICROA, and are confident of receiving its full approval based on experience needed in terms of number of projects registered and carbon credits issued. GCC, with two most important endorsements - CORSIA and ICROA, operates a robust carbon offsetting program to deliver high quality carbon credits, and wishes to serve corporates and state actors in meeting their carbon neutrality goals as well as raising the ambition of global climate mitigation drive.” 

    GCC is receiving a lot of attention from project owners from various countries including Turkey, India, Oman, Jamaica, Serbia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Vietnam, Kenya, South Africa, Canada, USA, Belgium and China. There are 23 projects submitted to GCC and several in pipeline of submission. These includes a wide diversity of project types such as: Renewables (Solar, wind, hydro, biogas); sewage treatment and palletization; composting of animal manure; biogas generation and power generation from animal manure and agro-industry waste; energy efficiency in pumping system for produced water in oil & gas industry; agricultural pump efficiency improvement and renewable energy application; energy efficient household lights; LED streetlights; district cooling systems etc. GCC’s is gaining interest from several interested buyers including corporates, traders, brokers, banks, exchanges etc. GCC, apart from allowing CDM methodologies for its projects, is planning to develop several methodologies, standards and tools in the area of carbon capture & storage/utilisation, forestry, soil carbon, agriculture and more.

  • 10 Mar 2021 17:23 | Deleted user

    ICROA has officially endorsed the UK Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) into the ICROA Code of Best Practice.  The ICROA Code is the established benchmark of quality for carbon management and offset service providers, and ICROA’s endorsement of credible carbon standards demonstrates quality, integrity and credibility in the voluntary carbon market.  This will be welcome news for both landowners in the UK looking to create woodland carbon projects, as well as providing added assurance for organisations looking to purchase carbon units to compensate for their UK-based unavoidable emissions.  

    The UK’s WCC is the first new standard added to the Code of Best Practice this year after the Technical Working Group's first Quarterly Standards Review held at the end of January 2021. 

    This voluntary code (UK WCC) encourages a consistent approach to woodland carbon projects, and offers clarity and transparency to customers – and “we are proud to include the WCC into the ICROA Code and commend the WCC for their great work and improvements over the years to be best-in-class” says ICROA Programme Director Antoine Diemert. 

    Dr. Vicky West, the WCC Manager says that "endorsement by ICROA is an important step for the UK’s Woodland Carbon Code, and will provide confidence to buyers of the credibility of carbon units provided by our programme." 

    Launched in 2011, the WCC is the UK’s government-backed standard for woodland carbon projects. It applies similar standards to other global carbon initiatives, but is tailored to UK conditions and existing legislation and provides the mechanism for landowners to engage in the carbon market in the UK, providing assurance that CO2 removals through planting new woodlands are permanent and additional. The scheme is based on robust carbon prediction tools and monitoring protocols developed by Forest Research; new woodlands meeting the standard have to be third-party checked by Soil Association or Organic Farmers and Growers as being sustainably managed and meeting high carbon standards, giving confidence to buyers.  Both organisations are accredited ISO 14065 by the UK Accreditation Service.  There is also a project and carbon unit registry (provided by IHS Markit), that tracks the issuance, ownership and use of carbon units ensuring transparency and boosting confidence. 

  • 01 Mar 2021 22:18 | Deleted user

    ICROA is very pleased to welcome ClimatePartner as a new member organisation as of February 2021 !

    Dr. Sacha Lafeld, Head of Carbon Offset & Green Energy Services at ClimatePartner believes that “joining ICROA is an important step for ClimatePartner on its way to a truly global service provider for corporate climate action. The voluntary carbon market is at a watershed moment and we are proud to be contributing our views on this market via the globally leading industry association.

    ClimatePartner was founded in Munich in 2006 and today has over 150 employees across offices in Munich, Berlin, Essen, Cologne, Vienna, Zürich, London, The Hague and Yerevan, and works with more than 3,000 companies in over 35 countries. ClimatePartner is a solution provider for climate action, combining tailored consulting services with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for company and product carbon footprints. ClimatePartner helps companies calculate and reduce carbon emissions, as well as offset unavoidable emissions, enabling them to become Climate Neutral.

    Offering carbon offset projects across the world with different technologies from nature-based solutions to community projects and renewable energy, ClimatePartner follows strict due-diligence and abide by the highest standards.  ICROA Programme Director Claire Mizutani is “thrilled to have ClimatePartner as part of ICROA, as the organization truly embeds effectiveness, transparency and credibility into its values and is 100% aligned with ICROA in the promotion of sustainable and impactful voluntary climate action on a global scale.”

  • 05 Oct 2020 11:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ICROA is pleased to welcome ALLCOT as a new member organization.

    Since 2009, ALLCOT has been recognized for using an innovative approach to help companies reduce their environmental impact in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and actively combat the climate crisis under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement aligned with the 2030 Agenda. Building long term partnerships to promote sustainability within a variety of sectors, ALLCOT provides services and tools to build and deploy emissions reduction strategies, supporting clients with foot printing activities, project development, renewable energy certificates, and even training programs. Up to this date, ALLCOT is present in more than 6 countries, having a portfolio of over 50+ projects in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Senegal and more, resulting in over 2.9 million carbon credits in the process of verification.

    Alexis L. Leroy, Founder and CEO of ALLCOT, commented: “We are proud to be part of ICROA for the values it carries and its legacy as the voice of the voluntary market. With the help of its members and secretariat, we aim to reach out to the LAC markets in order to promote collaboration across key stakeholders and influencers to enhance confidence in and respect for the value and impact of voluntary climate action, in line with ICROA's and ALLCOT’s values and principles”.

    “ALLCOT has successfully completed ICROA’s third party audit process and we are pleased to count them as a new member. We look forward to ALLCOT’s contribution to advancing transparency and best practices in the jurisdictions where they have operations, in an effort to grow global voluntary climate action across the private sector through market mechanisms”, indicated Antoine Diemert, ICROA’s Programme Director.

  • 31 Jul 2020 09:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ICROA is pleased to welcome 3Degrees as a new member organization.

    For over 15 years, 3Degrees has helped corporate and utility clients to take urgent action on climate change, partnering with organizations at every stage of their sustainability journey to develop and implement global renewable energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies across Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. The 3Degrees team has deep expertise in sustainability consulting, environmental markets, renewable energy and carbon project development, and utility renewable energy programs. To date, 3Degrees has delivered 8.8 million verified carbon credits.

    "3Degrees recognizes the crucial role that carbon reduction and removal efforts play in addressing global GHG emissions. We are pleased to join forces with ICROA, a leading non-profit organization focused on voluntary carbon market regulation and compliance, in furthering their important work and 3Degrees' mission to help businesses take urgent action on climate change", said Mark Mondik, VP, Carbon Markets at 3Degrees.

    In addition to being a certified B Corp, 3Degrees invests in high-quality, third party verified emission reduction projects, which allow businesses to step up the decarbonization of their operations and take action on their Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions.

    3Degrees is based in San Francisco, California, with employees based across the United States and in Europe.

  • 13 Jul 2020 10:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On July 9, IETA and ICROA held a webinar as part of IETA’s Carbon Market Virtual Series on “Business Leadership on Climate Action: Accelerating the Global Transition to a Net Zero World”.

    250 participants joined the discussion moderated by Jonathan Shopley, ICROA Co-Chair and Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners.

    Jochen Gassner, CEO of First Climate Markets, set the scene with a presentation of ICROA’s view on the voluntary carbon market post-2020. He highlighted the complementarity of the voluntary carbon market to the Paris Agreement and its ability to drive faster and deeper mitigation around the world.

    This consistency with existing multilateral frameworks was further supported by Nathaniel Keohane, Senior Vice President at the Environmental Defense Fund, who highlighted that cooperation through carbon markets is key to increasing ambition, as well as corporate and national net zero commitments.

    In doing so, high-quality carbon credits are of utmost importance, as underlined by Brad Schallert, Director of Carbon Market Governance and Aviation at WWF US.

    Naomi Swickard, Chief Program Officer at Verra, reiterated the importance of voluntary action as it goes beyond government accounting, particularly in sectors that are difficult to regulate. Additional finance towards climate action must be delivered quickly and must also be directed towards standing forests which play a vital role for us all.

    Lastly, James Goudreau, Head of Climate at Novartis, echoed the need to promote carbon removals, alongside mitigation tied to adaptation. As we need to deal with the reality of increasing demand for goods and services, commercial and industrial firms need to turn to carbon credits when investing in efficiency and shifting to renewables is not enough. Corporate responsibility, through the voluntary carbon market, is therefore key in going beyond government action and in accelerating the transition to net zero.

    You can access the recording of this session here, as well as the panelists’ presentations here:

  • 06 Jul 2020 12:50 | Anonymous

    ICROA will participate in / lead two webinars discussing the future of the voluntary carbon market this week:

    Wednesday 8 July: Innovate4Climate: Stronger Voluntary Market - New rules to raise the bar post-2020

    The voluntary carbon market has rebounded with soaring demand, leading to more visibility as well as greater scrutiny. In parallel, maturing market conditions and the imminent onset of the Paris Agreement rulebook, alongside insights from 15+ years' experience in project certification prompt an evolution of standards to maintain the credibility of the voluntary market and ensure that carbon finance goes where it has highest impact and does not compromise policy or corporate ambition. Working in collaboration with civil society, governments, and market actors, Gold Standard poses new requirements for the voluntary carbon market to ensure integrity on the supply side, as well as guidance to preserve credibility for buyers' side to reboot markets for the utmost integrity post-2020.

    • Moderator: Sarah Leugers, Gold Standard
    • Speakers:
      • Marie-Pierre Bousquet, Danone
      • Owen Hewlett, Gold Standard
      • Silke Karcher, BMU 
      • Brad Schallert, WWF
      • Lambert Schneider, Oeko Institute
      • Jonathan Shopley, ICROA

    Thursday 9 July: Business Leadership on Climate Action: Accelerating the Global Transition to a Net Zero World

    Voluntary action on climate is growing strongly across the private sector. Corporates are demonstrating a clear appetite to contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement by committing to carbon neutrality and net zero strategies. In this webinar part of IETA's Carbon Market Virtual Series, ICROA will give a voice to business, NGOs and market stakeholders to discuss options to maximise high integrity and high impact action now.

    • Moderators: Jonathan Shopley, ICROA, Antoine Diemert, ICROA. 
    • Speakers:
      • Jochen Gassner, First Climate
      • James Goudreau, Novartis
      • Nathaniel Keohane, EDF
      • Brad Schallert, WWF
      • Naomi Swickard, Verra

    Any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to cozma@ieta.org or diemert@ieta.org.

  • 30 Mar 2020 09:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ecosystem Marketplace (EM), an initiative of the non-profit organization Forest Trends, is a leading source of information on environmental finance, markets, and payments for ecosystem services.

    Over the past 15 years, EM has continuously run a global carbon market tracking mechanism with a recognized Carbon Survey. This work covers key indicators related to:

    • Transactions (e.g. prices, volumes, standards, and buyers), and 
    • The collective market (e.g. trends and sentiments). 

    The survey has enabled EM to prepare comprehensive reports with insights about voluntary carbon market health, supply, and demand. These reports are very valuable to the ICROA community and to anyone interesting in tracking developments in the voluntary carbon market. 

    The Carbon Survey is open until 22nd April.

    To respond to the Survey, click here. 

  • 02 Mar 2020 10:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is a non-profit business organisation working with more than 130 members across all major geographies to promote market-based solutions to climate change.

    Its affiliate, the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) provides a unified voice for the voluntary carbon market and is dedicated to delivering quality assurance in carbon management and offsetting through adherence to its Code of Best Practice.

    IETA is recruiting for the position of Interim ICROA Programme Director in its Geneva office. 

    This is an opportunity to contribute to a highly respected and impactful programme, working to support global climate efforts. This role will contribute to the strategic success of IETA’s programmes including policy work, research, communications, operations and events. The successful candidate will gain exposure to IETA’s global engagements.

    Employment dates

    Full time employment from April 2020 to September 2020 (leave cover). With a possible extension.


    Geneva, Switzerland


    The successful candidate will serve under the guidance of the ICROA Board to lead the organisation and the implementation of its strategy. Tasks and responsibilities will include:

    • Developing and implementing policy and advocacy initiatives to grow the voluntary carbon market and help scale private sector voluntary action on climate change.
    • Writing position papers and communications in consultation with ICROA and IETA members.
    • Organizing and supporting international events, meetings and webinars.
    • Representing IETA and ICROA in conferences and meetings, joining networking opportunities.
    • Reporting to the membership on policy and market developments.
    • Responding to requests from member organisations.
    • Responding to membership enquiries, conducting business development and member recruitment.
    • Maintaining and managing ICROA’s website and social media page.
    • Managing the relationship with an independent verification contractor on its review of ICROA members' compliance with its Code of Best Practice.


    • The successful candidate will have experience and/or an educational background in climate change policy, corporate carbon management and market solutions, along with strong demonstrable communication and facilitation skills. Desired attributes:
    • Solid education and/or experience in carbon management and markets covering technical and policy areas, as well as an understanding of the global landscape on climate policy.
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and interpersonal. Ability to write clearly and convincingly, for various audiences.
    • Entrepreneurial approach and ability to work in a small team. The ideal candidate will be resilient, flexible and able to adapt to significant workloads, prioritising accordingly with minimal support.
    • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, collaborate and grow your professional skills.
    • Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of IETA and ICROA member organisations.
    • Full professional working proficiency in English (spoken and written). Some knowledge in French is an advantage.

    How to apply

    • Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter to humanresources@ieta.org with “Interim ICROA Programme Director” in the subject line.
    • The deadline for applications is Monday 16 March 2020. Please note that only applications from Swiss and EU citizens or holders of a valid Swiss work permit will be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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