Woodland Carbon Code

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

How It Works

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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Woodland Carbon Units

A Woodland Carbon Unit (WCU) represents one tonne of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) that has been removed from the atmosphere by the growing trees. A WCU’s forerunner, a Pending Issuance Unit (PIU), represents a ‘promise to deliver’ a Woodland Carbon Unit during a given period.

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Assessment & Certification

The Woodland Carbon Code insists on high standards of woodland creation and management. These demanding standards are essential to ensure emissions are accurately matched against offsets and we all benefit from properly created woodlands.

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Rules, Compliance and Eligibility

The Woodland Carbon Code is backed by the government and operated by the Forestry Commission. Its users must comply fully with its strict rules of use so that we all have confidence in the woodlands it creates and the emissions it offsets

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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