Getting Started

SOCIALCARBON Standard engages in the project design, validation, and verification stages of the carbon-offset value chain. The process begins with the creation of SOCIALCARBON indicators, followed by the completion of SOCIALCARBON reports and their validation/verification by independent organizations. After successful validation and verification, SOCIALCARBON credits may be issued through the Markit Environmental Registry.

Project Cycle



 Selection of baseline and monitoring methodologies




Getting started –  Prepare your SOCIALCARBON indicators:

The indicators are project specific and co-developers may choose between adapting existing indicators or creating new ones.

SOCIALCARBON indicators receive scores ranging from the worst scenario (level 1) to the ideal scenario (level 6). Such degrees indicate the levels of sustainability correlated to six aspects: social, human, financial, natural, biodiversity and carbon components.

Project Design Document (PDD)



Elaboration of SOCIALCARBON Report:

This will define a baseline for assessing the project’s contribution to sustainable development.

Collect data used to score the indicators through participative methods, like interviews, questionnaires or meetings with stakeholders. Then summarize the obtained information in a Report following the standard template.



Choose one organization to certify the SOCIALCARBON Report:

This is a process separate from the PDD, but Designated Operational Entities (DOEs) can complete the validation and verification procedure both for PDD + SOCIALCARBON Reports at the same time.

Bureau Veritas, TUV Nord and TUV Rheinland are reputable and renowned DOEs that certify SOCIALCARBON.

Monitoring & Verification


Monitoring and verification:

Elaborate a SOCIALCARBON Report for each monitoring period (of the carbon accounting standard used) and submit it to independent verification, in order to demonstrate the project’s contribution to sustainable development based on the indicators chosen.

Achieving sustainability is not a quick and easy task; rather, it is a long process of continual improvements.

After the first carbon credit sale, project proponents:

  1. Must demonstrate goals for improvement and provide evidence that they are being achieved.
  2. Will not be allowed to present a decrease in the same aspect for two consecutive monitoring periods.

VER Issuance


After successful verification, you may issue the SOCIALCARBON credits through the Markit Environmental Registry.

After initial issuance, the credits may be transferred to other registries. Petition registration of a SOCIALCARBON project or credits to Markit. This request must be accompanied by corresponding SOCIALCARBON documentation.



When credits are bought, the SOCIALCARBON Registry transfers the credits from the developer to the buyer. When the primary buyer retires the credits, he will also be retired by the registry from which they were purchased.

Buyers of SOCIALCARBON credits include The World Bank, First Climate, JP Morgan, World Energy, Eco-act, CantorCO2e and Igogreen.

If you wish to apply SOCIALCARBON in your projects, please contact