The world's leading voluntary GHG program

Projects & Programs

VCS projects include a wide variety of technologies and measures which result in GHG emission reductions and removals. Projects are categorized by their sectoral scope, which range from renewable energy projects (such as wind projects) to land use projects (such as improved forest management projects). All VCS projects must complete a rigorous development and assessment process before registering with the VCS Program.

VCS projects are often a single unit of activity operating at a specific location, but the VCS Program also allows for grouped projects which are permitted to add new units of activity over time and across various locations. To get a better sense of the variety of real-world VCS projects, we encourage you to explore the VCS project database, which lists registered projects and projects pursuing registration.

Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) programs are government-led REDD+ programs that apply a comprehensive, integrated accounting and crediting framework to harmonize emission reductions across national REDD+ programs as well as subnational and/or project activities.

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Verified Carbon Standard

The VCS Program is the world’s leading voluntary program for the certification of GHG emission reduction projects

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Plastic Waste Reduction Standard

Plastic Waste Reduction Program The Plastic Waste Reduction Program (Plastic Program) aims to enable robust…

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California Offset Project Registry

The Offset Project Registry (OPR) facilitates the participation of offset projects within the California cap-and-trade program

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