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07/09/2018 Woodland carbon market is open for business.  Verified credits now available from Woodland Carbon Code - first purchase made.  News release

08/03/2018:  Version 2.0 of the WCC launched:

  • Woodland Carbon Code Version 2.0 launched:
    • Widened the definition of a 'single project'
    • Integrated 'small woods' process - A group can contain both 'standard' and 'small' projects.
    • Integrated verification process
    • New section 1.4 Conformance with the UK Forestry Standard
    • 1.6 New Additionality Spreadsheet
    • 2.1 Combined sections on landowner and group manager commitments
    • 2.2 Clarified mapping rules
    • 2.3 Change to 'single rate' 20% WCC Buffer contribution
    • 2.4 Separate consultation section (moved from 5 Social Responsibility)
    • 2.6 Clarified registry use including new 'assignment' function
    • 2.7 Removed required to list carbon buyers in PDD
    • 4 Environmental Quality and 5 Social Responsibility - Links to the WCC Woodland Benefits Tool to assess wider benefits.
  • Documents (Project Design Document V2.0, Project Progress Report V2.0):
    • Updated versions of both documents which can be used for either a single project or a group.  After 08 June 2018 all documents submitted to validator/verifier have to be on new templates. 
    • New Additionality Spreadsheet available.
  • Carbon Calculation:
    • Updated WCC Carbon Lookup Tables V2.0 and WCC Carbon Calculation Spreadsheet V2.0 & Guidance.  Existing project developers need to use/download the new versions of both.
    • Updated Carbon Assessment Protocol V2.0.  Anyone conducting a year 15 monitoring survey will need to consult this version.

18/07/2017:  Acoura and Soil Association now accredited for verification
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has accredited Acoura and Soil Association for verification of Woodland Carbon Code projects.  Both were previously accredted for validation.  News Release.

20/05/2016: Exciting times for woodland carbon projects.  A young woodland in West Lothian, Scotland, has become the first project in the UK to be ‘verified’ as continuing to meet the standards of the Woodland Carbon Code after ‘passing’ its first five-yearly progress inspection.  News Release

10/09/2015: New Deal launched for small carbon forestry projects. A streamlined and more cost-effective process for certifying and managing small woodlands to the standards of the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) was launched today  News Release

05/03/2014:  UK Woodland Carbon goes on sale for the first time  The first units of carbon dioxide set to be sequestered, or removed from the atmosphere, by woodlands validated under the UK’s Woodland Carbon Code have been notified for sale for the first time as National Climate Week gets under way.  News Release

27/07/2013:  Woodland Carbon Code Annual Update. 

  • Woodland Carbon Code V1.2 released;
    • new section 1.0 Commitment,
    • changes section 1.1 date definitions,
    • changes section 2.1 Registry to reflect move to Markit Environmental Registry,
    • changes to section 2.5 Management of Group Schemes to reflect new group scheme guidance,
    • changes to Section 2.6 Monitoring regarding timing of first verification,
    • changes to section 2.7 Carbon Statements and Reporting to reflect move to new registry and for clarity.
  • Project Design Document:  New versions of both the single project and group PDDs mainly to reflect move to Markit Environmental Registry.  You must submit PDD to CBs on the new version after 31/10/2013.
  • Carbon Calculation Examples:  New versions of examples including a new table to show PIU listing by vintage (to copy to PDD).

18/07/2013:  UK Woodland Carbon Code launched on Markit Environmental Registry, enhancing transparency and accountability in the trade in British Woodland Carbon Units.  Carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestered, or absorbed, by WCC-validated woodlands in the UK can be traded, and the development enables changes of ownership of each tonne to be tracked. The registry will also record when projects are registered and credits are listed, and when carbon units have been “used” by a company in its carbon account.  News release.

22/05/2013:  Group validation scheme opens to all.  Creating new woodlands to help combat climate change has been made easier with the launch of a Woodland Carbon Code group validation scheme.  Now open to new applicants, the group scheme allows several tree-planting projects to be validated together, thereby making possible potentially significant cost savings.  News release.

22/04/2013:  First Group scheme is validated.  An important milestone in efforts to promote woodland planting to combat climate change has been reached with the first award of Woodland Carbon Code group scheme validation.  News release.

21/01/2013:  Valdiation/Verification bodies are now accredited
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has accredited SGS and SFQC as validation/verification bodies for Woodland Carbon Code projects.  News Release

27/07/2012:  Updates to Code and Guidance.  Version 1.1 of Code released with changes to sections on additionality and monitoring.  Version 2.1 of Project Design Document (reflects changes to Code) and Version 1.5 of Carbon Lookup Tables (now includes 2.0m Scots Pine), Version 1.4 of Lookup Table Guidance (minor changes to Emissions from Establishment) 

07/06/2012:  Group Certification Pilot has begun. We are now piloting certification of groups of Woodland Carbon Code projects from June 2012-January 2013. 

16/03/2012:  Woodland Carbon Code a million-tonne winner.  Efforts to boost British forests’ contribution to tackling climate change reached a key milestone this week. The amount of carbon dioxide predicted to be removed from the atmosphere by woodland planting projects registered under the new Woodland Carbon Code has passed 1 million tonnes. News Release

22/02/2012:  Carbon Lookup Tables updated.  The new Version 1.4 contains updated predictions for ALL Sycamore-Ash-Birch (SAB) Thinned scenarios.  It also includes a new example calculation which projects can adapt and use for their project carbon sequestration predictions.  See Project Carbon Sequestration

30/08/2011:  UK Carbon reporting Framework launched which will act as a matchmaker between carbon reduction projects in the UK and organisations wishing to support such projects.  The framework was developed in a partnership between BRE, British Airways, Deloitte and Forum for the Future.  Projects will have to use standardised carbon accounting methods, including the Woodland Carbon Code for woodland creation projects. 

27/07/2011:  New moves will boost tree planting for carbon capture. Two new moves announced today are expected to attract significant new investment into UK tree planting projects designed to help combat climate change - The launch of the Woodland Carbon Code alongside changes to guidelines for organisations on reporting their greenhouse gas emissions.  News Release 

27/07/2011:  New guidance section shows how to meet the requirements of the Woodland Carbon Code.  Update to Carbon Lookup Tables and Guidance (v1.3).  Now includes emissions from woodland managment.  Soil Carbon is also dealt with in Project Carbon Sequestration.

14/01/2011:  Update to Carbon Lookup Tables and Guidance (v1.2).  New information added - wider spacings (2.5m and 3m) added to the lookup tables for broadleaf species, further guidance on mixtures, a table to deal with woodlands managed on a clearfell regime and further clarity to the section on calculating the permanence risk buffer.

03/11/2010:  Pilot sites selected, certification bodies confirmed.  15 pilot sites have been selected.  These incude a selection of woodland types spread across the UK.  These projects will soon appear on the UK Register of Woodland Carbon Projects, and are now going through the process of designing their project, estimating the carbon it will sequester and having it scrutinised by an independent certification body - either SGS or Scottish Food Quality Certification.

20/08/2010:  Testing time for the new woodland carbon assurance scheme.  The Forestry Commission is about to test a new quality assurance scheme for tree planting projects designed to sequester carbon.  The market for such projects is increasing but, until now, there have been no standards to measure their claims against, or to ensure that real benefits will accrue.  The new Woodland Carbon Code will encourage a consistent approach to  projects and provide clarity and transparency to potential customers and investors about what their contributions should achieve.  News Release


Last updated: 12th September 2018

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