Scaling Restoration on the Voluntary Carbon Markets

ERS certifies ecosystem restoration projects on the Voluntary Carbon Markets. Our standard is designed to empower efforts that combat climate change, uplift biodiversity, and improve livelihoods.

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Building a pathway for planetary-scale restoration.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that we need to remove 6 gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually to reach net zero by 2050. As a result, there is an increasing demand for carbon removal projects, which currently only make up 3% of credits on the Voluntary Carbon Markets. At this rate, the demand for these projects will soon outstrip the supply. To reach our global net-zero targets, the world needs a pathway to accelerate the development of high-integrity restoration projects.

Recognising this crucial need, we have pioneered a standard that promotes the rapid growth and development of these projects. Our standard outlines strict eligibility criteria for projects, rigorous measurement protocols, and modern verification procedures to ensure successful project outcomes. This not only facilitates a strong framework for developing new projects, but also promotes confidence and transparency in the Voluntary Carbon Market, paving the way for more investment and action to tackle the climate crisis.

Streamlined Certification for Projects That Matter

We process applications in 6 months or less, so that projects can focus on what matters most: delivering impact on the ground. To become certified, each project must meet rigorous criteria across three core pillars: ecological recovery, carbon, and livelihoods.


Continuous Monitoring, Reporting and Verification

We monitor projects on an ongoing basis. Beyond traditional third-party audits by independent experts, we use next generation digital MRV —from satellite imagery to time-stamped, geolocated ground data— to make sure projects stay on track.


Climate Finance That Lands Where It's Supposed To

We believe that more climate finance should reach the ground. That’s why we have established rules to ensure project budgets and revenue shares are publicly disclosed on our registry. By mandating transparency, our standard incentivises more equitable benefit-sharing.

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