SELL CARBON+ CREDITS

Get financial support for your transition to regenerative agriculture

WE ARE FOR THE FARMERS

Supporting you in overcoming your challenges on the journey towards regeneration

The effects of climate change on farming

The direct impact of climate change is making your farming operation vulnerable. Temperature fluctuations, droughts, and floods make farming businesses more challenging than ever.

Rising input costs are lowering profit margins

Depleted soils require more external inputs like chemical fertilisers and pesticides to ensure crop yields. At the same time, social unrest, unstable markets, rising input costs and volatile crop prices are causing profit margins to shrink.

Society is demanding climate-positive farming

Society requests radical innovation from farmers. Previously, we have asked you to maximise your yields at low prices to feed a growing population. Now, we are asking you to have a positive impact on our climate on top of that.

THE BENEFITS OF REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

Increase your operation’s ecological and economic resilience

Primary Benefit

Co-Benefits

long-term incentives for positive climate impact for farmers

High quality food production

Soil organic carbon capture

Amplified resilience against extreme weather

Soil health

Biodiversity

Animal welfare

Better water quality & retention

Increased farm profitability making the family business more attractive to future generations

CARBON+ CREDITS DERISK YOUR FARM TRANSITION

Financial support in creating your regenerative farming business

As recent studies have highlighted, farmers, like you, want to transition their farming operations. Initial investment costs are, however, holding you back.

This is where Carbon+ Credits come in for you. The transition phase is approximately 2-4 years. During this time and beyond (10 years in total), carbon certificates can help you finance costs of transition by connecting you to the voluntary carbon market, where we sell carbon credits on your behalf.

After the transition phase, you will have created a stable and resilient farming business with increased profits.

SO WHAT ARE CARBON+ CREDITS?

Premium carbon credits from regenerative agriculture

Carbon+ Credits are issued for you for adopting additional regenerative practices that sequester carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil. Carbon+ Credits finance your initial costs.

Carbon+ Credits are sold on the voluntary carbon market to forward-thinking organisations that want to empower you in your journey towards regeneration and the restoration of your ecosystems.

Carbon+ Credits carry co-benefits, including soil health, biodiversity and the soil’s water-holding capacity leading to the restoration of natural cycles. The co-benefits are what make our carbon credits premium quality.

THE PROCESS OF GENERATING A CARBON+ CREDIT FOR YOU

You implement your projects. We do the rest

You provide us with data on your projects, and you develop your project plan

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Climate Farmers prepares all necessary documentation and estimate the sequestration of carbon over the project lifetime

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You implement your project and report on your practices for one year

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We calculate the actual amount of carbon captured and issue these as certificates on a publicly available registry

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We sell these certificates on the voluntary carbon market and pay you the proceeds

Process is repeated for 10 years

Process is repeated for 10 years

You provide us with data on your projects, and you develop your project plan

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Climate Farmers prepares all necessary documentation and estimate the sequestration of carbon over the project lifetime

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You implement your project and report on your practices for one year

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We calculate the actual amount of carbon captured and issue these as certificates on a publicly available registry

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We sell these certificates on the voluntary carbon market and pay you the proceeds

HOW WE ENSURE THE HIGHEST QUALITY CRITERIA

Why is this important

What is Climate Farmers doing about this?

Additionality

To avoid financing emission-reduction projects that would have happened anyway, it must be proven that the project would have not happened without the money generated through its carbon credits and is therefore additional.

We analyze barriers to implementation, ensure that the project is not already occurring and determine financial requirements before issuing certificates.

Permanence

The duration of the solution must be considered. A solution is not permanent if for example it only runs for one year before previous practices are resumed. Depending on the project, project duration ranges from 4 to 80 years.

Carbon in nature-based solutions is only safely stored if permanence is designed in a human-centred way. We ensure that carbon is stored permanently through a legally-binding 10-year contract and support developing long-term farm operation plans that incentivise farmers economically. Farm profitability increases significantly after the 5-year mark, ensuring that farmers have no motivation to go back to industrial practices.

Double-counting

Using the same project for multiple certificates is a source of reputational loss for carbon credits.

We register all projects including information about location and the farmer themselves on a publically visible third party registry to enable scrutiny.

Leakage

Projects designed to reduce emissions must avoid causing emissions elsewhere by, for example, simply relocating polluting activities to a different area.

Reviewing project activities’ leakage is regularly monitored as part of the project set up and the MRV program.

Why is this important?

Additionality

To avoid financing emission-reduction projects that would have happened anyway, it must be proven that the project would have not happened without the money generated through its carbon credits and is therefore additional.

Permanence

The duration of the solution must be considered. A solution is not permanent if for example it only runs for one year before previous practices are resumed. Depending on the project, project duration ranges from 4 to 80 years.

Double-counting

Using the same project for multiple certificates is a source of reputational loss for carbon credits.

Leakage

Projects designed to reduce emissions must avoid causing emissions elsewhere by, for example, simply relocating polluting activities to a different area.

What is Climate Farmers doing about this?

Additionality

We analyze barriers to implementation, ensure that the project is not already occurring and determine financial requirements before issuing certificates.

Permanence

Carbon in nature-based solutions is only safely stored if permanence is designed in a human-centred way. We
ensure that carbon is stored permanently through a legally-binding 10-year contract and support developing long-term farm operation plans that incentivise farmers economically. Farm profitability increases significantly after the 5-year mark, ensuring that farmers have no motivation to go back to industrial practices.

Double-counting

We register all projects including information about location and the farmer themselves on a publically
visible third party registry to enable scrutiny.

Leakage

Reviewing project activities’ leakage is regularly monitored as part of the project set up and the MRV program.

HOW THE PROCEEDS OF THE CARBON+ CREDITS ARE DISTRIBUTED

To ensure permanence to account for unforseen circumstances, we first issue certificates to two buffers:

  • 5% of the proceeds are stored in a permanence buffer which is the buyer’s guarantee that the certificates maintain their integrity in case things don’t go exactly as planned. 
  • 15% is stored in a project buffer to account for reversals over the project lifetime. The balance is paid out to you at the end of the 10-year contract. 

Of the remainder of the certificates:

  • 65% of the carbon credit proceeds are yours to keep and will be paid out on a yearly basis.

  • 35% of the proceeds are paid out to Climate Farmers for the project development, its monitoring, the issuance of the credit and the sale of it on the voluntary carbon market. 

CARBON+ CREDITS ARE FOR YOU IF…

You align with our vision of regenerative agriculture in Europe

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You are intrinsically motivated to actively research, learn and apply regenerative practices in the long run.

You do not already cooperate with another organization for the same piece of land that accounts for your carbon sequestration and contribution to ecosystem health.

The field or fields you would enter into the program have a size of at least 50 ha.

You are willing to share your management practices and available soil data and consent for us to visit you to take soil samples and perform ecological monitoring.

You are willing to sign a contract to implement regenerative practices for a duration of at least 10 years.

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You are intrinsically motivated to actively research, learn and apply regenerative practices in the long run.

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You do not already cooperate with another organization for the same piece of land that accounts for your carbon sequestration and contribution to ecosystem health.

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The field or fields you would enter into the program have a size of at least 50 ha.

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You are willing to share your management practices and available soil data and consent for us to visit you to take soil samples and perform ecological monitoring.

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You are willing to sign a contract to implement regenerative practices for a duration of at least 10 years.

CARBON+ CREDIT FAQS

What is necessary to participate in the Carbon+ Credit Program?

To participate in the Climate Farmers Carbon+ Credits program, we must first understand your farm’s suitability. To do that, the first step is for you to fill out an online form with some basic information about your farm and its location.

If it is suitable and we can model your farm, you can create an account on our online platform, where you provide detailed information about your land uses and practices and your plans for the next 10 years. Allowing us to estimate how much CO2 will be sequestered and how many credits you are to receive throughout the program.

If you commit to participating in the Carbon + Credits program, you will be obliged to sign a contract that commits you to this program for 10 years, over which time you will receive income for the carbon you removed into your soil.

Do the farmers incur any costs?

No. Climate Farmers cover all costs up to contracting.

What is the duration of the Carbon+ Credit Program?

Participation in the Carbon+ Credit program is for 10 years. The duration may be extended if agreed upon. You are expected, however, to commit to a transition to regenerative agriculture over the long term.

How long before I receive revenue from the carbon certificates?

Climate Farmers issues and sells certificates on your behalf after each annual monitoring round, once the actual value of carbon captured is determined. Once the total is calculated and the documentation prepared, it is provided to the registry. The registry is a platform that tracks and manages the issuance of certificates, thereby creating trust. The registry allows for the issuance of certificates that are then sold. We estimate the time from submission of the annual data to issuing certificates to take approximately one month. These certificates are sold as soon as possible after this process is complete.

Why would a company buy high-quality carbon credits?

There are various motivations for companies to purchase high-quality carbon credits—different products range from cheap and opaque to more expensive and transparent. Transparency creates clarity over core issues associated with carbon credits, including additionality, permanence and double counting. Companies strongly desire to contribute to credits that can assure or at least address these issues. Another motivation for companies is the identification and quantification of co-benefits. Companies are increasingly interested in investing in carbon credits that have added value, namely those that provide valuable ecosystem services. Finally, direct connection to the producer and regionality plays a crucial role. Establishing a relationship between the recipient and provider of the contribution is of high value for the company buying the credits.

Do you have questions?

Feel free to contact us!