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Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C)


We launched the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C) in early November 2021.  Our goal is to scale up the supply of deforestation avoidance carbon credits in order to halt tropical deforestation as soon as possible. We are currently working on a prototype of a trusted nature based marketplace, which is further described in the short video below. Please do get in touch with us with questions or feedback, or browse the site for more information about our activities.

If you're a conservation organisation interested in using our digital carbon credits calculation platform to issue robust credits, please get in touch. We are currently operating on moist tropical forests, with a view to expanding out to other forests (seasonal dry, temperate, and coastal mangroves) in 2023.

If you're a Web3 developer who wants to help with the development or integration of our Tezos smart contracts, then please also get in touch. We will be deploying on the Tezos ghostnet in Summer 2022, with wider availability later in the year. Now is the best time to tell us about your carbon credit needs.

Latest news

4C in Nature4Climate white paper ahead of New York Climate week

16 September 2022

Nature4Climate (N4C), a climate campaigning group composed of 19 of the world’s leading conservation, multilateral and business organizations, have just published their white paper " What you can measure, you can manage – how Nature Tech can help us solve the nature and climate crises. ", which 4C was consulted on as part...

4C in the Gold Standard working groups on digital solutions for carbon markets

12 July 2022

At 4C, we are committed to making sure our digital methodologies are peer-reviewed and meet our goal of accelerating the hard work of conservation projects on the ground in the tropical belt. So as we prepare to publish the first version of our digital MRV and Tezos offsetting platform, we are excited to be participating...

The Global Challenge

The world is facing simultaneous biodiversity and climate crises. Pressure is mounting from governments and the general public to rapidly roll out a global programme of well-executed nature-based solutions to sequester several giga-tons of carbon each year and protect biodiversity.

Over 100 world leaders at COP26 pledged to end deforestation by 2030. Our urgent challenge is figuring out how to verify that deforestation solutions are working, and tracking the associated carbon credits used to offset necessary emissions.

Our Approach

The Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C) is creating a trusted decentralized marketplace where purchasers of carbon credits can confidently and directly fund trusted deforestation avoidance projects that ties together corporate funders to conservationists via automated and transparent global oracles.
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4C also supports students and faculty members conducting foundational research in the relevant areas of computer science, environmental science, and economics.
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Our Timeline

Q4 2021: Launch of 4C, research into permanence and additionality MRV and digital methodologies.

Q1 2022: Submission of Cambridge Offset Working Group report with 10 projects surveyed using our methodologies.  Started biodiversity quantification metrics alongside carbon, and participated in IC-VCM core carbon principles stakeholder meetings.

Q2 2022: University of Cambridge Offset Working Group approves our methodology for use in university offsets! Participation in Gold Standard digital working groups to establish cross-registry standards for our Tezos contracts.

Q3 2022: Launch of deforestation avoidance platform for University of Cambridge staff offset purchases, with portfolio projects available to all departments. Beta of offset platform for wider use on Tezos, intended for application integrators.

Q4 2022: General availability of offset platform for use on Tezos.  Onboarding of more deforestation avoidance projects using our MRV platform.