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Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C)


We launched the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C) in early November 2021.  Our first 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

Spotlight on Dr Tom Swinfield: building trust and protecting livelihoods

28 November 2022

Why is it important to harness the power of nature-based solutions for carbon offsetting? And how can we promote forest conservation projects which respect the rights and livelihoods of people who live in forest communities?

Spotlight on Prof Andrew Balmford: the value of nature-based solutions for carbon storage

8 November 2022

How can we evaluate the costs and benefits of conservation to guide decision making towards the best outcomes for nature conservation while meeting human needs? Read about Prof Andrew Balmford’s research, which is shaping discussions about how to best manage landscapes.

We are so excited! William Pitt Seminar 2022 - Who's in charge?

12 October 2022

Our Director Anil Madhavapeddy is speaking on the panel alongside Greg Jackson, CEO and Founder of Octopus Energy and Professor David Cope. This 17th Pembroke William Pitt seminar will be Chaired by Professor Emily Shuckburgh, Director @CambridgeZero and introduced by the Master of Pembroke College Cambridge Lord Chris...

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.