For over a decade ICROA has been a leading voice in the voluntary carbon market, providing quality assurance, and guidance on emissions reductions and high-quality offsetting.
- We are guided by the science of climate change and the need for economy-wide decarbonisation to reach net-zero by 2050.
- We believe in the critical need for carbon finance to enable urgent climate action.
- We advocate for offsetting as a valuable complement to Paris-aligned reduction pathways.
- We believe that proactive efforts by corporates to finance emissions reductions and removals through the carbon market should be recognised and rewarded.
ICROA provides a framework for responsible corporate climate action through the Integrity in the use of carbon credits, the Quality of carbon credit supply, and delivering Impact to raise ambition:
ICROA DELIVERS ITS OBJECTIVES IN 3 WAYS:
THROUGH THE ICROA ACCREDITATION PROGRAMME.
THE ICROA ACCREDITATION PROGRAMME defines and promotes best practice in the financing of high-quality emissions reductions and use of carbon credits as an effective carbon management tool. The Programme is open to all organisations who provide a carbon offsetting service. Participation requires membership to both IETA and an ongoing annual independent audit to assure compliance to the ICROA Code of Best Practice. ICROA Accredited organisations may use the ICROA Accreditation Label.
AS A PLATFORM FOR ADVOCACY AND INNOVATION.
ICROA works collaboratively with key stakeholders to develop policy positions, drive innovation and thought leadership, to enhance and safeguard the value and impact of voluntary climate action. We deliver this role through the following platforms:
ICROA WORKING GROUPS: The Technical, Communications, and Policy & Advocacy working groups are dynamic and interactive forums where service providers align on positions and gain knowledge. ICROA Accredited organisations and Friends of ICROA may participate in these groups.
PUBLIC EVENTS & COLLABORATIONS: Open and interactive forums to advance the VCM by tackling the most pressing issues and fostering innovation (e.g. forums include hackathons, panel discussions, partnerships).
BY FACILITATING CARBON FINANCE TO COMPLEMENT COUNTRIES’ PARIS COMMITMENTS.
Facilitate the needs of project developers and buyers to advance countries’ ambition to deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Work with countries to facilitate delivery of their NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) and support buyers to understand country priorities. Increase the impact of carbon finance by facilitating prioritisation and connecting buyers to countries.