Carbon Standards

The Rainforest Alliance audits forestry and agroforestry projects with a demonstrated ability to sequester carbon dioxide and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute to ISO 14065:2007 (the international standard for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies), the Rainforest Alliance offers carbon auditing services to Forest Stewardship Council-certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and non-certified operations against the six leading carbon standards listed below.

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American Carbon Registry Standard

Summary: The first private voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) registry in the United States, the American Carbon Registry (ACR) is a voluntary carbon-offset program that publishes standards, methodologies, protocols and tools for GHG accounting and maintains a registry for the purchase and sale of offsets.
View: Audit Reports.
Rainforest Alliance Services: Validation and Verification.
Scope of Services: Global. Forestation projects.

CarbonFix Standard

Summary: The Standard was founded to promote the potential of forest carbon projects and increase the prevalence of sustainably managed forests worldwide.
View: Audit Reports.
Rainforest Alliance Services: Verification.
Scope of Services: Global. Forestation projects.

Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard

Summary: Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards are used to evaluate land-based carbon mitigation projects in the early stages of development. The CCB Standards identify projects that simultaneously generate climate, biodiversity and community-development benefits. Carbon credits are not issued under this standard.
View: Audit Reports.
Rainforest Alliance Services: Validation and Verification.
Scope of Services: Global. All land-based project types.

Gold Standard

Summary: Though active in carbon markets for over a decade, the Gold Standard was expanded in 2013 to include forest carbon projects. It is based on the CarbonFix standard and will eventually replace it.
Rainforest Alliance Services: Validation and Verification.
Scope of Services: Global. Afforestation and reforestation projects.

Plan Vivo Standards

Summary: Plan Vivo offers a system for managing the supply of verifiable emission reductions by rural communities to promote sustainable livelihoods. The system has a smallholder and community-based focus, and ex ante credits (based on forecasts rather than results) can be issued through the Plan Vivo Foundation to support a project's development phase.
View: Audit Reports.
Rainforest Alliance Services: Validation and Verification.
Scope of Services: Global. All land-based project types, including afforestation, agroforestry, forest conservation, restoration and avoided deforestation.

Verified Carbon Standard

Summary: The Verified Carbon Standard is a robust, global standard for the approval of verified offsets, which are issued as Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) and transacted through a registry platform.
View: Audit Reports.
Rainforest Alliance Services: Validation, Verification and Module/Methodology Assessments.
Scope of Services: Global. Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegation (ARR), Agricultural Land Management (ALM), Improved Forest Management (IFM) and REDD projects.

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