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The Carbon Codes

We explain the terminology surrounding carbon sequestration and The Woodland Carbon Code.

Woodland Carbon Code

The Woodland Carbon Code is based on trees’ natural ability to absorb carbon dioxide. By providing the framework for measuring and certifying the volume of carbon dioxide stored in a woodland, it also provides the mechanism for offsetting carbon dioxide emissions elsewhere.

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Peatland Carbon Code

The Woodland Carbon Code is based on trees’ natural ability to absorb carbon dioxide. By providing the framework for measuring and certifying the volume of carbon dioxide stored in a woodland, it also provides the mechanism for offsetting carbon dioxide emissions elsewhere.

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How They Work

The Woodland Carbon Code is based on trees’ natural ability to absorb carbon dioxide. By providing the framework for measuring and certifying the volume of carbon dioxide stored in a woodland, it also provides the mechanism for offsetting carbon dioxide emissions elsewhere.

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Carbon Units Explained

A Woodland Carbon Unit (WCU) or Peatland Carbon Unit (PCU) represent one ton of CO₂e (carbon dioxide equivalent) that has been removed from the atmosphere by growing trees (WCU) or restoring peatland (PCU). Their forerunner, Pending Issuance Units (PIUs), represent a ‘promise to deliver’ a WCU or a PCU during a given period.

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Assessment & Certification

The Woodland and Peatland Carbon Codes insist on the highest standards of woodland creation/management and peatland restoration. These demanding standards are essential to ensure emissions are accurately matched against offsets so that we all benefit from properly designed and implemented projects.

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Rules, Compliance and Eligibility

The Woodland Carbon Code is backed by the UK government, was implemented by the Forestry Commission and is now operated by Scottish Forestry. The Peatland Carbon Code is also backed by the UK government, but is operated instead by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Pending Issuance Unit: A promise to deliver a Woodland Carbon Unit during a given period, based on the trees’ predicted growth Woodland Carbon Unit: A ton of carbon dioxide which has been sequestered in a scheme verified under the Woodland Carbon Code