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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16 October 2018

VCS and CCB Projects Open for Public Comment

Comments are invited from the public on the following projects…

24 August 2016

Launching Colombia’s Voluntary Carbon Market

Last Thursday, August 18th, in front of a standing-room only crowd of more than 500…

21 July 2016

VCS Recognized as Offset Mechanism under Draft South African Carbon Tax Regulation

On June 20th, The South African Government published a draft regulation for its new carbon…

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Landscape Standard

Scaling up the sustainability of productive landscapes

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Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards

Supporting land use projects in addressing climate change, supporting local communities and smallholders and conserving biodiversity

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Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Supporting countries around the world in the evaluation of the climate, sustainable development and transformational impacts of their policies and actions 

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