By getting to know our clients and what’s most important to them, we are able to suggest projects with matching profiles they could support.
- Do you want to map your offsets to your emissions or enable your suppliers to access green power?
- Do you want to champion innovation and spread new technologies or build environmental awareness and change harmful practices?
- Do you want to help tackle poverty, improve education or protect wildlife?
Whether you wish to focus on one thing or cover all the above and more, we have a portfolio of great projects to draw upon and an extensive network throughout both the primary and secondary markets. We can put your name on a single project or build a diverse yet harmonised portfolio for you. And for all our projects we provide compelling and visual reports of the impact your support is having. Sharing this can not only engage management, employees, shareholders, customers and the wider public but encourage them to participate too, strengthening relationships with both you and the project and harnessing the multiplier effect for positive change. Enthusiasm is at its best when infectious!
How might a project do all this? Let’s look at Scolel Té again, a Plan Vivo forestry project that fits our own values so well that in the past we’ve used it for our offsetting.
- Highly innovative.
Scolel Té was the pilot project for the Plan Vivo System. We spearheaded this and so helped developed the standard in the process. The system itself was pioneering as the first methodology to develop carbon sequestration projects through forestry.
- It helps spread new ideas and has grown far beyond its initial borders.
The pilot involved but a handful of farmers, today the project involves more than 670 producers and over 50 communities and protects more than 7,500ha rainforest. Whilst the Plan Vivo System it created has scaled to 10,000 producers, 270 communities and protects 60,000ha. It’s quite an accomplishment even before the 1.8million tCO2e emission reductions are taken into account. That really is resonance!
- Pronounced ecological importance.
The area is a biodiversity hotspot and a host of threatened animal and plant species are preserved. The project protects and restores endangered Tropical Montane Cloud Forest together with degraded pine-oak forest in upland areas.
- Above all, it changes people’s lives for the better.
Over 2,400 indigenous Mayan and Mestizo families are linked to the project. It creates sustainable livelihoods for them and alleviates poverty through increased productivity, transfer of skills and knowledge and stronger community structures. At the heart of Plan Vivo is community-led design, so local participants decide which activities best address threats and provide value. They were involved from the start – the name Scolel Té translates as the tree that grows in Tzeltal and Tjolobal, and was chosen by the farmers planting them. It doesn’t just protect their ecosystem but their culture.
And it’s received some of the highest acclaim for this. In 2013 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighted the project as an example for community based REDD+ and Ecosystem-Based Adaptation, having been previously recognised in a number of other studies, including the Eliasch Review commissioned by the UK Prime Minister for both climate change mitigation and poverty reduction.
Since then nearly all the offsets issued by Scolel Té have been sold, but we have many projects – some very similar, some very different – of which we’re equally proud. See some highlights here.