What are the different carbon reduction projects types?

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February 7, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Carbon reduction projects can either remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere or prevent carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere.
They are eligible to generate carbon credits (1 carbon credit corresponds to 1 metric ton of CO2 absorbed or reduced) and are exchanged through the Voluntary Carbon Market. 

It is not always easy not to get lost in all the different project typologies available and to select the one that fits best your company.

ClimateSeed offers 8 different types of emission reduction projects generating carbon credits: 

1. Forestry and Land Use                     

Forest conservation

Projects that preserve and restore existing forest areas threatened by deforestation, such as REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation).


2. Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Renewable power infrastructures that contribute to the decarbonization of the local energy grid.



3. Energy Efficiency and Fuel Switching


Energy-saving measures that replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources and reduce GHG emissions.

4. Household Devices 

Community Project

Efficient cookstoves that reduce wood consumption and biogas digesters that provide sustainable fuel to local communities. Both prevent deforestation and avoid GHG emissions.

5. Water Management

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Projects that supply clean water to households in rural communities, which remove the need to boil water and reduce GHG emissions.

6. Blue Carbon


Projects that protect and restore coastal and marine ecosystems, such as mangroves.


7. Waste Management

Waste disposal
Improved and efficient waste disposal systems that reduce GHG emissions. Landfill projects that capture the methane released into the atmosphere to turn it into fuel.


8. Agriculture

Agricultural practices that store carbon in soils while restoring biodiversity and developing new sources of income for smallholders.




All these projects capture and/or avoid GHG emissions, but generally also have strong social and environmental impacts, targeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Contact us to discover our premium carbon portfolio of more than 30 projects in over 20 countries.

To learn more about climate contributions, read our offsetting guide.