What is a certified/high-quality carbon credit?

High-quality carbon credits remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (carbon removals), unlike carbon credits that solely reduce emissions (carbon reduction).  

Certified/high-quality carbon credits are carbon credits that have been verified by a third-party certification body to ensure that they represent real, additional, measurable, and permanent greenhouse gas emissions reductions or removals.  

Eken’s project follows the VCS VM0045 methodology approved by Verra. The methodology uses dynamic baseline options, where all the climate effects of the project are compared to similar areas from the National Forest Inventory’s permanent sample plots. Only if the project areas store more carbon than the comparison areas are the carbon credits verified.