V1.6 (Updated Jan 2023)
The OxCarbon Principles-Based Standard is an academic validation framework for community-based ecosystem projects and programmes supporting rural organisations, and community groups to improve natural resource management aligned with the Oxford Offsetting Principles. The standard ensures that OxCarbon projects benefit local communities’ livelihoods, enhance ecosystems and protect biodiversity.
Through reliable academic validation reports and voluntary carbon credits, OxCarbon produces a structure for the fair transaction of ecosystem services with communities and enables access to various funding sources and markets for ecosystem services, including voluntary carbon credits.
The OxCarbon Guidelines details the criteria and assessment process for projects to be certified under the OxCarbon standard. This document is for project developers, coordinators, and proponents interested in registering under OxCarbon.
The OxCarbon Board will perform evaluations to analyse the suitability of projects. OxCarbon is looking for proposals that address these criteria:
Submitted Approaches are inviting independent review, which will critically evaluate the potential of the methodology.
The submitted draft project design should include the following:
Gain a third-party evaluation with an OxCarbon-approved validator of the project’s technical specifications and the method applied for carbon calculations.The project validation must include:
OxCarbon will review the project documentation and may make recommendations of corrective actions if required. The final project submission must include:
Following approval of technical specifications, the project will be:
Submission of the project’s first ANNUAL report must include:
OxCarbon will review the project documentation and may make recommendations of corrective actions if required.
The performance review documents must include:
Issuance of an OxCarbon certificate for the approved results of the following:
Access to The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting (Sept 2020) is via the below link: