Who Uses VCS Quality Assurance?

Projects, businesses and individuals rely on VCS quality assurance.

Hundreds of projects around the world rely on VCS quality assurance to curb greenhouse gas emissions by lowering energy use, capturing landfill methane or preventing forest destruction, among other activities.

Projects need a robust GHG accounting standard like VCS to demonstrate they follow rules for properly quantifying GHG reductions and removals. Using VCS, projects show that their GHG emission reductions are real, additional, permanent and third-party verified.

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Businesses rely on VCS quality assurance

More and more businesses today are buying carbon credits to offset some or all of their GHG emissions. Some do it to be good corporate citizens, others to prepare for climate regulations.

Like projects, businesses need a robust carbon accounting standard like VCS to ensure the credits they buy are real, additional, permanent and third-party verified.

Businesses that buy Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) to demonstrate carbon reductions or carbon neutrality will often retire the credits immediately. Retired VCUs may never be transferred again, ensuring an environmental benefit is achieved.

Individuals, too, can rely on VCS quality assurance

Individuals are supporting carbon projects to offset their personal GHG emissions from activities like flying or driving.

Like businesses, individuals can offset their emissions by buying and retiring VCUs, either directly from a project or from a trusted seller.