Frequently Asked Questions

The Voluntary carbon market

The principle of voluntary carbon offsetting is that one ton of CO2 emitted in one place can be compensated thanks to a carbon reduction project elsewhere. The investment in positive impact projects delivers voluntary carbon credits such as Voluntary Carbon Units (VCUs) or Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs). Voluntary Carbon Credits are created by projects which have been verified outside of the compliance carbon market defined by the Kyoto Protocol. One VER or VCU is the equivalent of 1 ton of CO2 emissions.

Through these schemes, companies voluntarily offset their carbon emissions or provide an additional input to mitigating climate change. Companies around the world contribute to positive impact projects delivering voluntary carbon credits as part of their Corporate & Social Responsibility strategy, as well as for branding and marketing reasons. Not only do those projects contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 13 (Climate Action), but they usually generate co-benefits on other SDGs such as no poverty, quality education, clean water or life on land.

Every organization in the world! Whatever the type of your organization (big corporate, small or medium-sized enterprise, association), you can choose to offset your CO2 emissions for your entire company, for your department or your team, for a third-party entity that you represent, a specific product, or for a portfolio of companies that you invest in as an asset manager for example.

Every organization in the world! Whatever the type of your organization (big corporate, small or medium-sized enterprise, association), you can choose to offset your CO2 emissions for your entire company, for your department or your team, for a third-party entity that you represent, a specific product, or for a portfolio of companies that you invest in as an asset manager for example.Political leaders and countries are measuring the risks associated to global warming and have launched initiatives to prevent any more changes from happening: the EU Climate and Energy Framework, the Paris Climate Agreement (also known as the 2°C strategy) or the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations are examples of the numerous initiatives launched globally.

The private sector has to play a critical role in closing the investment gap and achieving the goals set during the Paris Agreement as well as meeting diversified SDGs. Decarbonization is crucial to mitigate the effect of climate change! Nevertheless, as our production model cannot be changed instantly, decarbonization must be accompanied by the offsetting of GHG emissions! Therefore our will is to promote both: decarbonization as a CSR strategy and offsetting of the irreducible emissions.

In 2002, during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, the principles of Sustainable Development Goals were first introduced. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals include areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected: often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another!In 2002, during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, the principles of Sustainable Development Goals were first introduced. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 Goals include areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities.

The goals are interconnected: often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another!At ClimateSeed, SDGs are at the heart of our engagement! Carbon credits must be the vector to target larger social and environmental impacts!

ClimateSeed platform

Every project is different. As for any type of activities, costs can change depending on countries, underlying technology, policies and projects’ partners. For sustainable projects, this is even truer as every project is associated with different co-benefits. We want to give our clients and partners all information so that they can choose the best projects aligned with their CSR strategy.

Pretty fast! We require you to answer a few questions and send some documentation as part as our “Know Your Customer” process, and we are committed to getting back to you quickly and give you access to the platform. Then, if you decide to contribute to a project by buying carbon credits, the first step is the settlement of cash / carbon credits that is done within a few business days. The second step is to retire your carbon credits, which is generally done in a few hours! That is it!

ClimateSeed has the objective to encourage carbon neutrality, in line with the COP 21 Agreement to keep temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. ClimateSeed is a Social Business and a solution that supports both project developers and buyers in the entire process. ClimateSeed enables businesses to access certified voluntary carbon projects and to contribute to UN Sustainable Goals. It provides a secure registry for carbon credits, full transparency, as well as a comprehensive project offer at a fair price.

ClimateSeed has the objective to encourage carbon neutrality, in line with the COP 21 Agreement to keep temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius. ClimateSeed is a Social Business and a solution that supports both project developers and buyers in the entire process. ClimateSeed enables businesses to access certified voluntary carbon projects and to contribute to UN Sustainable Goals.

It provides a secure registry for carbon credits, full transparency, as well as a comprehensive project offer at a fair price.

To enhance positive impact efficiency, ClimateSeed provides full information and a three-level verification process on each project, while also validating investors’ profile to ensure trustworthy investments to our project developers:

  • Project certification and audit from major international standards, such as the Gold Standard and VERRA
  • Know you client/Anti-money laundering analysis of project developers, corporates and other clients
  • Analysis by a Sustainability Committee comprised of experts, academics, and other stakeholders of the sustainable ecosystem.

Transparency, efficiency and security are the three words we want to promote for the voluntary carbon market!

To have a real impact, one must drastically reduce its GHG emissions. At ClimateSeed we believe that carbon offsetting must always come along a reduction strategy. Carbon offsetting should never be done for greenwashing purposes! We will always encourage decarbonization before the offsetting of irreducible carbon emissions. To have a real impact, one must drastically reduce its GHG emissions. At ClimateSeed we believe that carbon offsetting must always come along a reduction strategy. Carbon offsetting should never be done for greenwashing purposes!

We will always encourage decarbonization before the offsetting of irreducible carbon emissions. Carbon neutrality must support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 17 which highlights that stronger commitment to partnership and cooperation is needed to make coherent policies flourish. That is at the heart of our engagement!