What Makes a High Quality Carbon Credit?

Businesses and consumers are laser-focused on making sure the credits they buy are a true measure of progress against climate change.

Carbon by Indigo is leading the charge to ensure agricultural credits meet the highest standards. Carbon by Indigo agricultural credits are verified and issued by the Climate Action Reserve and Verra, two leading global carbon registries, and are part of a project designed to scale for impact.

But what makes a quality carbon credit? Read on to learn about some of the most important attributes to consider.

Quality Factor What This Means How Carbon by Indigo Enables It
Realness The credit completely measures impact on greenhouse gases, accounting for all effects of the project that created it (for example, not preserving one forest by enabling another to be chopped down). Through tech-enabled sampling, Carbon by Indigo captures every source and sink of greenhouse gas for a comprehensive view of our farmers’ climate impact.
Additionality The climate impact would not have happened without the purchase of the credit. We only sign up farmers who have committed to new practice changes within the registry-approved timeline.
Permanence After the credit is created, the reduction in greenhouse gases holds up over time (the emissions don’t go right back into the atmosphere). We guarantee 100-year permanence for our credits, enabled by advanced monitoring and secured by a credit buffer pool with the registry.
Verification A third party checks to make sure credits were correctly quantified. Carbon by Indigo credits are fully approved by third-party verifiers in accordance with our registry-approved methodology.
Registry Approval A collection of climate experts has vetted the project that produces the credits and has officially adopted it. This is the best way to ensure the factors above are present. Carbon by Indigo credits are created with methodologies approved by Verra and the Climate Action Reserve, two of the world’s leading registries in the voluntary credit market.
Additional Impact Benefits
Scalability A project can scale into significant climate impact Not restricted to a small, local project, our crediting approach can be scaled to hundreds of millions of acres in the US alone.
Innovation A project represents an innovation that will enable accelerated progress against climate change The full range of carbon farming innovations encouraged by our project are used on <1% of US farmland, and represent a massive new frontier in climate change.
Co-benefits A project has other positive effects beyond climate impact The same farming techniques that store carbon help farmers improve their own livelihoods, grow healthier crops, use less water, and promote biodiversity.