voluntary carbon offsetting

Nature- and Technology-Based Solutions

Voluntary Carbon Offsetting

While there is no replacement for urgent emissions reduction, carbon offsetting will play an important role in the transition to net-zero and in helping us to finance sustainable development globally.

A net-zero world is one where we add no incremental greenhouse gases to our atmosphere. This means achieving a balance between carbon emissions and carbon sinks through a combination of emissions reduction within your business activities and carbon sequestration.

We can support you, not only in reducing your emissions, but in managing any remaining emissions via a credible offsetting programme. As an experienced project developer and portfolio manager, we know carbon offsetting and the international carbon market inside out. We can help you understand the different types of credits and how they can support you along your journey to net-zero and beyond, whilst contributing to our global goals for sustainable development.

It is vitally important that the carbon credits you purchase come from projects verified by internationally recognised certifying bodies.

There is no replacement for urgent emissions reduction, but offsetting will play an important role in the urgent transition to net-zero and in helping us to finance sustainable development globally. Therefore, it’s crucial that credits come from high quality, credible carbon sequestration and offsetting projects.

At EcoAct, our focus is on nature-based solutions to climate change. That means our verified projects centre around nature and people to ensure that they deliver real environmental and social value. All of our projects are aligned to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Whether you are looking to finance existing projects or develop your own, we can support you.

If you are confused about what credits you need to buy, what net-zero really means and how offsetting can support your journey, you have come to the right place for the answers.


Project Selection

Our team will help you find the right project. We will review your commercial, environmental and CSR objectives before finding projects relevant to your business. Choosing the right project or portfolio of projects is key.


Diverse Projects

We provide a portfolio of projects that really make a difference. Whether it’s a wind project that ensures security of energy supply to local villages, a hydropower project that protects river ecology, or a stove project that improves maternal and child health – our projects really do make a difference. We can offer a wide range of competitively priced carbon credits, across a multitude of technologies and locations.

Achieving SBTi validation The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi)

Best Practice

We provide projects that follow ICROA’s Code of Best Practice In accordance with ICROA’s Code of Best Practice, all our carbon offsets are certified by credible third parties and certification standards and are retired within 12 months of purchase. They correspond to real, measurable, permanent, additional, independently verified and unique emissions reductions.

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The Hifadhi - Livelihoods project has three main objectives: to improve livelihoods, to fight climate change and improve biodiversity, which will lead to economic growth.

Mathilde Mignot, Nature- and Technology-Based Solutions, Group Director, EcoAct

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What is carbon offsetting?

What is carbon offsetting?

We answer this and other FAQs is our factsheet, to help provide clarity on how carbon offsetting really works, the benefits provided by offsetting projects, and its role in tackling climate change.


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Key questions on voluntary carbon offsetting

What is voluntary carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting is a mechanism used to finance greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction/avoidance or sequestration equivalent to the residual emissions of an organisation beyond its value chain. This financing is achieved through the purchase of carbon credits. One carbon credit equates to one metric tonne of reduced/avoided or sequestered carbon dioxide (CO2) by the project financed through this mechanism.

Once purchased, the credit is then retired through publicly accessible emission registries held by international standards and global exchanges. When a credit is used for offsetting, it becomes an offset, and the credit is permanently retired so it cannot be reused (for transparency and accountability, carbon credits are assigned serial numbers). Companies can voluntarily to take responsibility for all their emissions now whilst creating added value to their customers and investors.

Voluntary carbon offsetting consists of financing voluntary actions by purchasing carbon credits in the voluntary carbon market (VCM), facilitating a measured and verified reduction/avoidance or sequestration of GHG emissions elsewhere while supporting sustainable development, often in countries that need it most.

Why is voluntary carbon offsetting important?

In parallel with deep decarbonisation efforts, voluntary carbon offsetting can support both carbon reduction and sequestration initiatives beyond a company’s value chain. In the face of climate emergency, it offers an opportunity to take immediate action to contribute to climate change mitigation and thus accelerate collective climate action.

How do I start carbon offsetting?

As an experienced project developer and partner of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) we can guide you through the process of offsetting and ensure it aligns with your commercial, environmental and CSR objectives