Frequently asked questions
Carbon credit refers to a tradable certificate that represents the right to emit one ton of carbon dioxide (or equivalent GHG emissions) into the atmosphere. These credits are typically issued to companies and organisations, and can be sold to other companies that need to offset their emissions or want to show their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.
Meanwhile, carbon offset is a way for individuals or organisations to compensate for their carbon emissions by funding projects that reduce GHG emissions elsewhere.
In summary, carbon credit is a mechanism that allows companies to sell or trade their GHG emissions reductions, while carbon offset is a way for individuals or organisations to pay for (and claim) GHG reduction projects to offset their own emissions.
Regarding bilateral carbon trades between countries, the text allows governments to designate any information about the exchange as confidential. Experts have raised concerns this could allow shady deals to go unchecked and make accountability toothless.
Voluntary carbon markets are often non-governmental initiatives which issue tradable emission units to actors who voluntarily implement emission reduction activities. This is in contrast to compliance markets such as ETS, where actors either reduce their emissions or pay for the surplus.
GoodZero was created to connect companies to high-impact carbon offset projects in efforts to compensate for their truly unavoidable emissions. It was created next to its sister companies, GoodFuels and GoodShipping, in order to support companies in reducing emissions across their entire footprint. Through this impactful synergy, our clients can quickly and easily reach their sustainability goals and help fight climate change.
In January 2023, a published article in the Guardian revealed that the current voluntary carbon market lacked transparency and integrity surrounding carbon credits and the impact certain projects had. This placed valuable, high-impact projects under threat as it was unclear whether companies would continue to choose offsetting.
This solidified the need and value of GoodZero as a high-impact offset partner that performs deep due-diligence on projects, fosters personal and long-lasting relationships with developers, and helps build trust in a voluntary carbon market that is essential to fight climate change.
To strengthen trust in our portfolio, we perform deep due-diligence on every project through our holistic evaluation criteria, GoodCriteria, and re-evaluate projects annually.
- Performing deep due-diligence on carbon projects through its GoodCriteria evaluation process.
- Provides end-to-end services for companies ranging from carbon emission calculation, net zero strategy support, sbti validation, impact communication, and retirement of carbon credits.
- Impactful synergy with sister companies, GoodFuels and GoodShipping, which allows companies to address their entire carbon footprint and reduce direct emissions quickly and easily.
- Close relationship with project developers to establish transparency and integrity on carbon projects.
Finco is fully committed to increased use of cleaner fuels and is dedicated to play an important role in reducing CO2 through a portfolio of alternative fuels.
The main difference between carbon insetting and carbon offsetting is that carbon insetting refers to implementing methods to reduce emissions within a company’s value chain, whereas carbon offsetting is when a company seeks to reduce emissions outside their value chain in order to compensate for their own unavoidable emissions. Put simply, carbon ‘insetting’ focuses on carbon reduction, and offsetting focuses on carbon compensation.
While an important tool for reaching net-zero, carbon offsetting can’t be considered a substitute for direct emissions reductions by companies.
This is why we forego the necessity for a project to be certified before we accept it as credits we will offer credits, and instead focus on building trust through fostering long-lasting, personal relationships with project developers. Sometimes these relationships are years in the making, with multiple site visits, gathering with the team, and continuous updates and communication on project developments.
We believe that our transparency in the sourcing approach, credit financial flow, project evaluation, and close relationship with project developers contributes to confidence and trust as your chosen decarbonisation partner.
There is no doubt about the need to address deforestation in many parts of the world. This is where REDD+projects are playing an important role. In addition, most of these projects contribute to multiple UN SDGs as well as the protection of biodiversity.
However, recent media articles by investigative journalists have raised a discussion regarding the methodologies applied to measure the CO2 emissions reductions of these types of projects. This is a critical topic that we are following closely. We believe that in the interest of nature conservation, the communities involved, as well as the project developers, credit sellers and buyers globally, it is important that a consensus is reached soon about the most accurate methods to measure REDD+ carbon credits. Until that time, GoodZero will continue its conversations with project developers to source and evaluate projects, but briefly pause the selling of REDD+ credits.