Our projects

trace chooses projects that deliver measurable benefits aligned to the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

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Our project criteria

For each tonne of carbon dioxide you offset, we buy a carbon credit. The price of credits vary depending on the project, so we work hard to handpick the most efficient and effective projects that reduce CO2 pollution. We have created our own criteria to choose projects.

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Carbon offsets & trees

trace always buy at least the number of credits that your subscription covers, and if this costs less than your subscription price we will buy more.

As well as buying carbon credits, we plants trees on behalf of our members. Why?

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The projects we are funding

Bushland Biodiversity restoration, Australia
Enhancing biodiversity and permanently protecting Victoria’s forests.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
CLIMATE ACTION
LIFE ON LAND
PARTNERSHIPS
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Clean Water Supply, Rwanda
Providing clean drinking water to Rwandan communities
UN Sustainable Development Goals
CLEAN WATER
CLIMATE ACTION
LIFE ON LAND
NO POVERTY
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Community Wind Farms, Taiwan
Generating sustainable energy from wind for this island nation
UN Sustainable Development Goals
CLEAN ENERGY
CLIMATE ACTION
ECONOMY
LIFE ON LAND
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Tree planting
Harnessing local communities to replant forests around the world
UN Sustainable Development Goals
LIFE ON LAND
ECONOMY
NO POVERTY
CLIMATE ACTION
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Community Geothermal Energy, Turkey
Generating clean, sustainable energy for this community
UN Sustainable Development Goals
CLIMATE ACTION
EDUCATION
CLEAN ENERGY
ECONOMY
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Prony Wind Power, New Caledonia
Moving this island nation to sustainable, community wind energy
UN Sustainable Development Goals
CLEAN ENERGY
CLIMATE ACTION
ECONOMY
LIFE ON LAND
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Project criteria

External certification

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We prefer projects that are verified by Gold Standard the world leading body that sets best practice standards for climate and sustainable development projects. Gold Standard-certified carbon credits not only help to protect the planet from the effects of climate change but also help to improve the lives of people in vulnerable communities by supporting sustainable development. Gold Standard projects lead to benefits such as the creation of jobs, protection of endangered species, access to safe water, and improved health and livelihoods.

The age of the offset projects

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The project ‘vintage’ defines when the emission reduction took place. Older vintages don’t mean they are less effective, but it just means the CO2 was avoided longer ago. We believe in delivering tangible impact so we prefer credits that are less than 24 months old.

The location of the project

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We’re an Aussie company, so we like to like to look after our beautiful home. But we also want to support the social, economic and environmental benefits of projects overseas. Plus, international projects are cheaper too, which means we can offset more CO2.

Technology

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The global transition to renewable energy requires a mix of technologies, each with different benefits and challenges. Our projects deliver economic value beyond climate change mitigation and some technologies deliver more monetary value than others - see the graph produced by Gold Standard. We choose a mixture to maximize impact!

Supporting the UN SDGs

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The UN has defined 20 Sustainable Development Goals and we choose projects that support a variety of these beyond climate action. Look for the icon to see whether the projects support economic growth, clean water supply, education, gender equality, clean energy , health and/or life below water. Here is a list of the SDGs we currently support

EDUCATION
CLEAN ENERGY
PARTNERSHIPS
ECONOMY
CLEAN WATER
HEALTH
LIFE BELOW WATER
LIFE ON LAND
NO POVERTY
CLIMATE ACTION

Why we plant trees for our members

Because trees are amazing and incredibly effective at sequestering carbon dioxide! But because every tree is different, it's difficult to accurately predict how much CO2 they remove each year and therefore we can't guarantee how much carbon they offset.

We work with Eden Reforestation Projects to plant trees for our members.

Trees are extremely efficient at carbon sequestration and one of the most effective tools in the fight against climate change. Trees convert the (CO2) into plant matter, holding this material for the life of the tree and beyond. Studies have shown that Mangroves absorb carbon at a rate two to four times greater than mature tropical forests (Fatoyinbo et al, 2017). Mangroves absorb 3 tonnes of CO2 per year for every ten trees.

Accreditation: For the purposes of our own reporting, the carbon absorbed by trees planted isn’t taken into account because tree planting is not verified by VCS or Gold Standard. But rest assured that tree planting is audited annually and our partner has a brilliant track record of meeting the reported numbers of trees. 

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