THE ICROA CODE OF BEST PRACTICE
The ICROA Code aims to define international best practice for offset-inclusive carbon management and represents the minimum requirements that all ICROA members must meet. It is applicable to voluntary carbon management services provided by ICROA members and covers the following four areas: Carbon Footprinting, GHG emission reduction advice, Offsetting and Communication.
In summary, ICROA members commit to:
Sourcing and Use of Carbon Credits for Offsetting
When offsetting greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of a client, ICROA members commit to use carbon credits based on the principles of:
ICROA members are also encouraged to promote sustainable development in the projects that they develop and provide. When offsetting greenhouse gas emissions on behalf of a client, ICROA members commit to use carbon credits that are or will be validated, verified and registered under the following standards:
UN and Government Standards:
Under special circumstances and in accordance with strict conditions, ICROA members may use carbon credits from government-approved schemes as well as non-carbon accounting standards (e.g. Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance; Social Carbon) that are combined with approved offset standards.
ICROA members that are not in good standing with ICROA or are not compliant with the Code of Best Practice and fail to resolve such infractions shall be excluded from ICROA.
Approved emissions factors:
Germany: BMU (Federal Ministry for the Environment)
Netherlands: Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment - National Emission Factors
UK: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) - Current GHG conversion factors
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Emission Factors Database