Six aspects of project sustainability are individually measured using the SOCIALCARBON hexagon: carbon, biodiversity, social, financial, human and natural.

SOCIALCARBON is a Standard developed by the Ecologica Institute that certifies carbon reduction projects for their contributions to sustainable development.

Six aspects of project sustainability are individually measured using the SOCIALCARBON hexagon: carbon and biodiversity as well as social, financial, human and natural components.

Understand the SOCIALCARBON Standard through our ABC (Assess, Build and Commit):

Assess your project: The standard uses a set of analytical tools that assess the social, environmental and economic conditions of communities affected by emission reduction projects, measuring contributions to sustainable development through continuous monitoring.

Build together: Another key element is the active participation of local communities. From the outset, local stakeholders undertake responsibility for the continued evaluation and improvement of a given project. This participation employs the full potential of human and natural resources to ensure stable and beneficial outcomes.

Commit to improve: The focus on a project’s lifelong sustainability is one of the distinctive features of SOCIALCARBON. The Standard is applied and independently verified according to each project monitoring period to encourage progress and ensure continual improvements.


The ICROA & IETA secretariat visited Social Carbon Fuel Switch Project at sites Santa Izabel and Vila Nova Ceramic Factories in September 2013:

The visits really brought home to the secretariat the practicalities that carbon finance can deliver towards sustainable development. Whilst visiting the sites we saw, first hand, of how finance received from the factories reducing their carbon emissions had supported improvement of working conditions to the factory employees, contributed to local sustained employment, access to clean water, enhanced resource efficiency and re-use of waste and we also noted the role of additional community activities and events which up-skilled some local community. It was a memorable trip meeting the local employees and managers who had effected great social and environmental impact change at a local level whilst also mitigating carbon that contributes to global emissions. The trip truly demonstrated the importance of supporting carbon mitigation projects in less developed cities where mitigation potential is high and can support many further benefits for the local community and area.

Thank you again to Social Carbon for facilitating our visit.

(Sophy Greenhalgh – ICROA Director)