Carbon offsetting and trading is a confusing space which is constantly changing and evolving, especially when it comes to carbon credits produced by restoration or improved management of natural ecosystems.
At Fair Carbon, we are regularly asked to explain different elements of how carbon markets work, from what a "carbon credit" is, through how they are produced and traded, and why some sell for higher prices than others.
This guide to understanding the process is based on the questions we are most frequently asked. It can be read in order, or the reader can skip ahead to sections which interest them most. We begin with an overview of carbon credits, introduce the carbon standards, then zoom in on blue carbon. Finally, we take a look at the challenges associated with mangrove carbon projects in particular.
For NGOs or other organisations new to this space and interested in learning how to produce carbon credits themselves, we recommend reading this section in full before registering for our modular guides to accreditation.