The latest IPCC report highlights a powerful and largely untapped solution to stem the climate crisis: nature. More specifically, Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) such as the conservation and restoration of forests or ocean ecosystems.
However, nature based solutions currently receive less than 3% of all global climate funding, while a total of $8 trillion in investments is needed up to 2050 to fully exploit the potential. Natural ecosystems are declining rapidly throughout the world.
The lack of financing is a major challenge to invest in nature. Project developers face high up-front costs to start a project. Co-benefits such as biodiversity protection or local community enhancement are hardly appreciated, and there is a high dependence on intermediaries.
The lack of transparency, liquidity and quality forms a critical barrier to the rollout of land-based climate measures.
goodcarbon’s investment and trading platform will accelerate the investment into nature-based climate solutions and the trading of related carbon credits: by providing fast access to capital for project developers; by giving investors access to an attractive, ESG conform impact investing pipeline; and by giving corporates access to trustworthy carbon credit streams from high quality projects.
Using decentralized ledger technology (“blockchain tech”), goodcarbon addresses a bunch of the problems that currently hamper the scaling of nature based sinks.
On top, investing in nature based solutions come with substantial co-benefits, as they have the potential to positively impact biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, air and water quality, soil productivity, food security, and human wellbeing.
The team behind goodcarbon is building a compelling solution to the problems in the space by issuing tokenized and standardized financial assets which are subject to German financial regulation on a platform that covers the full lifecycle of funding offsetting projects including reporting, governance and secondary market trading.
Building on leading independent verification schemes, goodcarbon applies their own quality assessment for each project, which takes into consideration permanence, biodiversity enhancement, feasibility, and other criteria in order to ensure high-quality carbon credits.
Permanence is ensured through clever incentive design including an escrow mechanism to issue credits only once carbon reduction is verified, additional rewards for co-benefits and sufficient financial exposure of carbon entrepreneurs in their long-term project impact.
Through cooperations with institutions like Oceans 2050 goodcarbon has unique access to blue-carbon projects.
The service that goodcarbon offers helps others to generate impact. As goodcarbon is an „enabling technology“ we do not calculate an LCA but do a scientific deep dive into the significance of their potential impact. To reach the 1.5° target, we need a net emission reduction of 50% or around 23 gigatonnes of CO2 by 2030 – every year. NCS can contribute 30% of the required carbon dioxide reductions in the atmosphere until 2030, close to 7Gt CO2.