The key is in the detail.
High-quality carbon credits adhere to a strict set of standards. These standards are previously approved by organisations like The International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Accreditation (ICROA). You can check this by ensuring the projects you support are registered with a third-party internationally-recognised verification standard, such as the Gold Standard, Verra's Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Social Carbon and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS), or standards verified by the UNFCCC.
Further, The Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (ICVCM) has published the Core Carbon Principles (CCPs) as a benchmark for high-integrity carbon credits, raising the bar for high quality attributes such as additionality and permanence of each climate action project methodology. ICVCM estimates that by the end of 2023, the first “CCP-labelled" carbon credits will be available on the market.
All South Pole's projects adhere to and have been verified to ensure their alignment with one or more of the mentioned standards. Ensuring that the project is additional to what could happen without the project being in place. In addition to that, South Pole has developed its own set of additional integrity measures. These measures address key project risks such as partner/participants risks, technical/carbon integrity risks, environmental and social risks and reputational risks.
In general, the standards also highlight additional benefits beyond carbon – all South Pole projects contribute to multiple UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This could be improving health, creating better education opportunities, improving wildlife conservation, or building sustainable communities.
At South Pole, we believe that every credible climate solution should be continuously evaluated and improved as climate science, new technologies, and methodologies evolve. We are continuously working towards the highest standards at all times - above and beyond the requirements of carbon standards.
We are committed to continuous improvement, through the periodical review of our own quality criteria and integrity processes.
Read our principles for carbon credit use.