Natural Capital Partners, formerly The CarbonNeutral Company, has worked with businesses for the last 20 years to help them achieve their carbon neutral goals. Our expertise and experience enables you to make credible claims of carbon neutrality through guaranteed emission reduction programmes which demonstrate your action, impact and leadership.

Every carbon credit that is generated by a project has a unique identification number. When a business purchases carbon credits to offset its emissions, those carbon credits are retired through third-party registries to ensure they cannot be sold elsewhere. The retirement of the carbon credit ensures a business can claim that emission reduction and the credit cannot be sold to anyone else.

In order to demonstrate they are following robust methodologies for measuring the emissions reductions they generate, carbon projects use third party standards such as those described below, and they must use independent Designated Operational Entities (DOEs) to validate and verify their claims. In addition, the DOEs check the projects on a regular basis to ensure they are continuing to deliver what is claimed. This enables businesses purchasing the carbon credits for their carbon offset programmes to ensure their finance is delivering genuine emissions reductions.


Verified Carbon Standard

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

The VCS is a robust, global standard for voluntary carbon offset projects. Formerly known as The Voluntary Carbon Standard, it was founded in 2005 by The Climate Group, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Economic Forum and later joined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

All VCS projects are subject to desk and field audits by both qualified independent third parties and VCS staff to ensure that standards are met and methodologies are properly applied. The VCS programme ensures all carbon credits are real, measurable, additional, permanent, independently verified, unique and traceable.

All approved projects are registered in the VCS online registry, ensuring a transparent chain of custody, from issuance through to retirement. In November 2008, the standard integrated guidelines on Agriculture, Forestry and other land-use (AFOLU) projects.

Gold Standard

Gold Standard

Gold Standard is a standard and certification body that publicly lists and tracks certified projects in a registry to ensure transparency. Only renewable energy, end-use efficiency and forestry projects can register for Gold Standard and all certified credits have undergone rigorous third party validation and verification.

Gold Standard has become the global benchmark for the highest integrity and greatest impact in climate and development initiatives. All approved projects must be registered in the Gold Standard online registry, ensuring a transparent chain of custody, from issuance through to retirement.

Gold Standard has launched Gold Standard for the Global Goals which assesses the impact of carbon projects towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensures that the measurement and reporting of impacts is robust and credible. Local and affected stakeholders must be engaged at the development stage of a project and projects must support at least three SDGs.

Clean Development Mechanism

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

The CDM was developed as a carbon standard in 1997 following the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and is managed by UNFCCC. Credits - or Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) - are generated through emission reduction projects in the developing world and are largely used by countries with emissions caps to meet their targets.

Projects are qualified through a rigorous, public registration and issuance process which ensures emissions reductions are real, measurable, verifiable and additional to a “business-as-usual” scenario.

American Carbon Registry

American Carbon Registry

The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, is a leading carbon offset programme focusing on projects in North America and is recognised for its development of rigorous, science-based carbon offset standards and methodologies.

ACR has more than 20 years’ experience in high quality carbon offset project registration, issuance, serialisation and transparent online transaction and retirement reporting.

Climate Action Reserve

Climate Action Reserve

The Climate Action Reserve (CAR) was chartered by state legislation in 2001 with the mission of encouraging early voluntary action to reduce emissions and provide integrity and transparency to the North American carbon market.

The Reserve’s expertise and insight helped inform the development of the State of California’s cap-and-trade programme. The Reserve’s standards ensure that GHG reductions generated by projects are real, permanent, verifiable, enforceable and additional. All approved projects must be registered in the CAR online registry, ensuring a transparent chain of custody, from issuance through to retirement.

Woodland Carbon CO

Woodland Carbon CO2de

This is a voluntary standard for woodland creation projects based in the UK that make claims about the carbon they sequester. The Woodland Carbon Code verifies that all UK projects are responsibly and sustainably managed, provide reliable estimates of the volume of carbon sequestered and meet transparent criteria and standards. The projects must also be publicly listed and independently verified, ensuring the robustness of the carbon savings made on behalf of customers.

In addition, Natural Capital Partners is licenced to sell carbon credits certified with the following standards: C-CER (Chinese Certified Emission Reduction), California Air Resources Board (ARB), EUA (European Emission Allowance), ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation), JI (Joint Implementation), Plan Vivo, VER and VER+.

Australian Emissions Reduction Fund

The Australian Emissions Reduction Fund is an Australian Department for Environment emission reduction standard linked to the Australian Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). It generates Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs). Established under the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011, the ERF has provisions that address additionality, permanence and double accounting


Additional certifications for carbon projects

For certain carbon project types we offer additional certifications.


Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standard

The CCB Alliance (CCBA) is a leading partnership of private sector companies, NGOs and research institutes which has developed a voluntary standard to help design and evaluate land management projects that mitigate climate change while supporting sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.

Now managed by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), CCB Standards aim to promote excellence and innovation in project design and implementation.

Social Carbon


SOCIALCARBON is a Standard developed by the Ecologica Institute that certifies emission reduction projects for their contributions to sustainable development.

The carbon standard establishes criteria for monitoring the social gains of projects and is used in conjunction with other carbon offset standards – such as the Voluntary Carbon Standard – which measure emissions reductions.



W+ is a non-carbon accounting standard developed and maintained by Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN). This standard is an innovative framework to quantify and monetise the social capital created by women, to recognise and reward their contributions to sustainable environments and communities.