Founded by Environmental Defense Fund, World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) and Oeko-Institut, the Carbon Credit Quality Initiative (CCQI) provides transparent information on the quality of carbon credits. This enables users to understand what types of carbon credits are more likely to deliver actual emission reductions as well as social and environmental benefits.
CCQI offers a free, user-friendly tool to score different types of carbon credits against seven quality objectives. Enter the project activity, carbon crediting program, quantification methodology and other relevant details, and see how it scores.
Carbon credits must be of high quality to effectively contribute to the global goals of the Paris Agreement. However, not all carbon credits meet these high standards. Transparent and trustworthy information on carbon credit quality can help different stakeholders move the market towards higher quality:
The initiative is led by non-profit organizations and not funded, even in part, by revenues related to carbon credits. Experts involved in CCQI are not employed by project developers or carbon crediting programs.
Our assessment methodology strongly draws on available research on carbon credit quality and was reviewed by stakeholders. Experts providing the assessments have deep expertise in carbon markets.
The initiative provides a granular assessment of carbon credit quality against multiple criteria. This helps buyers make more informed decisions on carbon credit quality.
Our methodology is publicly available, along with detailed assessment documents explaining how each score was determined.
Our open-access model ensures that all stakeholders can benefit from this information.
Scores are available for the following project types:
The project types are currently assessed across five carbon crediting programs: the American Carbon Registry (ACR), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Climate Action Reserve (CAR), Gold Standard (GS), and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) operated by Verra. Two complementary standards have also been assessed: the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards and the Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard (SD VISta), both operated by Verra.
Moving forward, CCQI seeks to assess more project types and programs to generate as many scores as possible.