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This endorsement signifies a significant milestone in Cercarbono’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of environmental integrity and transparency in the carbon market.
October 23th 2023. After an evaluation process and months of unwavering dedication and hard work, Cercarbono is delighted to announce its official endorsement by the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance (ICROA).
This endorsement ensures that Cercarbono meets the assessment criteria based on the principles of independence, governance, registration, validation/verification, environmental and social impact, stakeholder considerations and scale.
This endorsement not only allows various market stakeholders to demonstrate Cercarbono’s commitment to these exemplary standards but also empowers accredited organizations to unlock the full potential of Cercarbono credits, significantly enhancing their capacity to make a meaningful impact on climate change and sustainable environmental initiatives.
Cercarbono’s CEO, Alex Saer, remarked: «the ICROA endorsement is a pivotal moment in Cercarbono’s journey toward continuous improvement. We greatly value the recommendations received from ICROA, which have spurred positive changes in our regulatory processes. These, combined with our previous advancements, have culminated in transformative initiatives that exemplify our unwavering commitment to quality and integrity in the carbon market»
ICROA, the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Accreditation, stands as a renowned advocate in the voluntary carbon market, providing assurance and guidance on emissions reductions and high-quality offsetting. The organization is dedicated to supporting entities through advocacy and action-oriented activities, aligning with the highest standards of environmental integrity and the Paris Agreement within the Voluntary Carbon Market.
ICROA’s Standards Endorsement procedure evaluates the rigor of standards for inclusion in the Code of Practice. This endorsement ensures that standards operate with utmost integrity, including good governance, open access, and robust validation and verification of carbon projects, all assessed by third-party evaluators. ICROA also fosters innovation within the market, providing access to international carbon markets for new standards, aligning with its mission to promote excellence and transparency.
Established in 2016, Cercarbono has been a frontrunner in climate solutions through the voluntary certification of carbon credits. Its Voluntary Carbon Certification Programme has facilitated the certification, issuance, and registration of carbon credits stemming from climate change mitigation programs and projects. Spanning more than 12 countries across three continents, Cercarbono solidifies its position as a global leader in voluntary carbon standards.
Continuous innovation and evolution within Cercarbono have strengthened its protocols and procedures, emphasizing the additionality of Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives. Furthermore, the organization empowers the reporting of contributions from these initiatives to the Sustainable Development Goals and facilitates the estimation of carbon buffer in projects aimed at mitigating climate change in the land use sector.
Cercarbono’s commitment to promoting the development and financing of projects with a positive environmental impact has led to the creation of a groundbreaking Voluntary Programme on Circular Economy. This initiative is designed to champion the reuse and recycling of materials, beginning with a focus on plastic, to address this worldwide challenge.
Additionally, Cercarbono is currently in the development stages of a pioneering Biodiversity Program, poised to become a global benchmark for its design, robustness, and practical applicability in the field. This program represents our relentless pursuit of environmental excellence and underscores our commitment to biodiversity conservation.
Cercarbono extends heartfelt gratitude to ICROA for their confidence in providing this accreditation, reinforcing our commitment to driving change and environmental excellence.