Climate guarantee

From the calculation of your CO2emissions to the planting of the trees: every link in the Treecological compensation mechanism is scientifically substantiated and is thoroughly monitored.

  • CO2calculation of Treecological
  • Planting and managing the Treecological forests with an eye for biodiversity and sustainable development
  • Monitoring of CO2uptake by treecological forests

UGent & Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito, Ecuador

The monitoring of the Treecological forests in Ecuador is carried out through a collaboration between Ghent University and the Ecuadorian EPN University of Applied Sciences (Escuela Politécnica Nacional) in Quito.

Ecolife

This external partner is responsible for a fair and correct calculation of yourCO2emissions.

BOS+

The Treecological forests are permanently monitored by BOS+ and local partners. In addition, BOS+ organises a half-yearly visit to the Treecological forests. Finally, extensive cooperation and coordination between BOS+ and local universities ensures watertight monitoring of treecological forests and validation of compensatedCO2emissions.

Our inspiration

Our guidelines for the validation of compensated CO 2 emissions are the Climate Community Biodiversity standard (CCB) and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

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The Treecological CO 2 calculation: a transparent and fair calculation of your emissions.

Treecological is transparent, scientifically based and uses well thought-out estimates. The applied method is user-friendly; only parameters that are easily available to and controled by the consumer are questioned. For parameters that the consumer is not aware of and that he or she has no direct influence on, well-founded averages are used.

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The planting of the Treecological forests.

The plantation of forests to compensate CO 2 emissions is a complex matter. Simply putting trees in the ground and ensuring they survive doesn’t suffice. There are a number of important preconditions involved. BOS + and partners closely monitor the following conditions:

  • The afforestations that are carried out, all have a permanent character: if we’d deforestate these plantations again in the future, the absorbed CO 2 would be released back into the atmosphere.
  • Transparent registers and conclusive agreements are made between all parties involved, in order for the compensated CO 2 to be claimed only once.
  • These projects must be supervised through a monitoring program by an experienced actor, in order to convincingly validate that the CO 2 sub > claims are in fact realized.
  • Leakage is avoided, which means that afforestation should not lead to deforestation elsewhere.
  • We guarantee that the afforestation is “additional”, meaning the forest otherwise wouldn’t exist.

Biodiversity and sustainable development.

Not only is the realized CO 2 absorption monitored, attention is also paid to other aspects of afforestation, such as biodiversity or the added value for local communities. An important guideline for our projects is the international standard of the Community and Biodiversity Alliance.

The Treecological afforestation approach is therefore always multifunctional: it is not only focused on climate aspects (in which case you would simply plant one-type plantations of fast-growing tree species). The choice goes to (bio) diverse forestry with native tree species and with great attention to the social aspects of the forest.

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Monitoring of the CO2-absorption of Treecological forests.

Monitoring programs are set up for all forest projects, in which CO 2 absorption is monitored in a scientifically substantiated manner. In Ecuador, monitoring is carried out by a partnership between Ghent University and the Ecuadorian EPN College (Escuela Politécnica Nacional) in Quito.