VCS Voluntary Carbon Standard

VCS  Voluntary Carbon Standard

Governing Organization

Voluntary Carbon Standard

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by non-verified bodies

Sectors Covered

Various Sectors

Issues Covered

Animal Conservation and Welfare, Carbon, CSR, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management, Water Related

Information from the ITC's Standards Map


VCS is a comprehensive quality-assurance system for carbon credits issued in voluntary markets.
Projects use Verified Carbon Standard requirements to ensure their carbon reductions meet accepted quality standards and are independently verified, uniquely numbered and transparently listed in a central database.

Key Features

VCS has a unique multiple-registry system built on the
central VCS Project Database. Three independent,
approved registry operators interact directly with the
database to upload project documents, obtain unique
serial numbers and issue, hold, transfer and retire VCUs.
* Approved registry operators interact directly with the VCS Project Database to obtain unique... more

Stakeholder Engagement

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Sustainability Issues

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