Can you really calculate whether we have prevented a tonne of CO2 from entering the atmosphere?
Yes! We have always known forests are valuable, and now we finally have the technology to quantify just how valuable they are to our planet’s climate system.
When a forest is cleared, its stored carbon is released into the atmosphere, where it combines with oxygen to create CO2, a greenhouse gas that traps heat and warms our planet. Working backwards and using both satellite and ground data, we can therefore quantify the amount of carbon in a particular forest’s biomass and the rate of threat to that particular forest. Thus, we know the amount of CO2 that forest loss would emit, and the rate at which it would hit our atmosphere without the intervention of REDD+ support.
Your Stand For Trees Certificate has been certified by rigorous, independent third-party standards that verify it has indeed prevented a tonne of CO2 from reaching our atmosphere.
What’s more, each Stand For Trees Certificate has also been certified by rigorous, independent third-party standards that verify your payment is reaching the local community on the ground that helped protect the forest, providing critical investment for a more sustainable pathway to economic development.