our approach

Together with our partners, we finance and implement climate projects. We focus on cleaner cooking and reforestation projects. These climate projects reduce CO₂ emissions and deforestation, and improve the living conditions for people in developing countries.

Our projects are Gold Standard and/or Fairtrade certified. Compensation projects can meet different standards. The standards confirm the CO₂ reduction and in some cases the local sustainable contribution for people and the environment. In the voluntary offset market, the most widely used and known standards that a carbon reduction project can meet are the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Gold Standard. In addition, there is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) standard that is used in both the voluntary and compliance market.

View the table below for the differences between the various standards:

FairClimateFund offers companies and individuals in the voluntary offset market carbon credits that are certified by the highest international standards: Gold Standard (established by the World Wildlife Fund among others) and/or the Fairtrade Climate Standard. The Fairtrade Climate Standard is a relatively new standard, developed by Fairtrade International and Gold Standard in cooperation with FairClimateFund, and is based on the following principles:

  • Fairtrade minimum price
    The end user pays a minimum price for the CO₂ credits or Fairtrade Carbon Credits. This minimum price covers all costs of the project.

  • Ownership
    Local households own the Fairtrade Carbon Credits which they use to pay off their cooking stoves.

  • Fairtrade premium
    A premium is paid on top of the minimum price. This premium is managed by the local cooperative and invested in climate adaptation activities.

  • Bottom-up capacity building
    Local communities initiate the climate projects themselves, provide training, and take care of the monitoring and maintenance.

  • Reduction of CO₂ emissions by end users
    Buyers of Fairtrade Carbon Credits have a CO₂ reduction plan.
    Watch the video below for more information about Fairtrade Carbon Credits: