Raising the bar on sustainability

We’re committed to finding the most sustainable and impactful carbon capture projects out there.

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Our unique approach

To ensure both climate integrity and actual impact, Compensate has a high demand for sustainability. Our approach is built on 3 pillars: tight collaboration with climate scientists through the independent Scientific Advisory Panel, a strict, independent evaluation criteria for projects, and high overcompensation.

Why this approach? The carbon capture industry is still relatively young, and therefore has some growing pains. In order to truly mitigate the climate crisis, we absolutely must remove excess CO₂ from the atmosphere, and carbon capture enables us to do that. To make a difference, it must be done well.

Experience has proven that while difficult, it is possible to find projects that match this high demand for quality. At Compensate, we believe it's our responsibility to keep on building solutions.

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Our project portfolio

Compensate manages a diverse carbon capture portfolio and takes no cuts from compensation payments, using these funds to purchase certified carbon credits from the projects in it. The portfolio is dynamic and frequently evaluated to deliver the best climate impact in the most sustainable way. 20% of the portfolio is dedicated to innovative methods of carbon capture.

Compensate’s Scientific Advisory Panel, project criteria, and international standards assist Compensate in managing the portfolio. We take into account climate impact, biodiversity, social issues and human rights. This way we strive to deliver the best, most reliable impact to your efforts and challenge the whole field to do better.

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Soil carbon with biochar

TIST Kenya Community Reforestation

Mangrove Restoration and Reforestation

Luangwa Community Forests

Safe drinking water

Liangdu Afforestation

REDD+ Brazil Nut Concessions

Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve

What we look for in projects

Climate integrity

The project...

  • Provides reliable calculations and verifications
  • Has clear ownership
  • Has a realistic baseline
  • Has minimal carbon leakage

Positive impact beyond carbon

  • People – The project supports the rights and the wellbeing of local communities, people, and minorities.
  • Biodiversity – The project’s overall impact to biodiversity is positive, supporting wildlife conservation.
  • Cooperation – Compensate prefers to work closely and directly with the project developers.

Project criteria

Having our own project criteria is our way of striving for sustainability. We want to make sure that all projects from which Compensate buys carbon credits have a positive impact on the climate, but also on biodiversity, human rights, and for local communities.

Compensate’s own criteria helps us identify these projects, because it goes beyond the international standards. By creating it, we challenge the offsetting field and its current standards. We’re not done nor anywhere near finished, and will continue to develop the criteria in the future.

The criteria was created in collaboration with Compensate’s Scientific Advisory Panel in spring 2020.

See the criteria here

Scientific Advisory Panel

We work closely with the academia of the field to make sure we’re working with sustainable, reliable and over all high-quality carbon capture.

The Scientific Advisory Panel assists Compensate in identifying the most cost effective, reliable and sustainable means, methods and projects. The panel monitors research and practical applications in the field, advises project evaluations, and assists Compensate in project mapping and carbon capture issues.

The panel convenes regularly with Compensate, and has an advisory role.

Panel Terms of Reference

Markku Kulmala Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Panel Academician, Professor Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) Faculty of Science University of Helsinki

Jero Ahola Professor Department of Electrical Engineering Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT

Eva-Mari Aro Academician, Professor, Molecular Plant Biology Faculty of Science and Engineering University of Turku

Jaana Bäck Professor Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) University of Helsinki

Tommi Ekholm Research Professor Finnish Meteorological Institute

Atte Korhola Professor Ecosystems and Environmental Research Program Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Helsinki

Jari Liski Research Professor Finnish Meteorological Institute

Anneli Pauli Professor of Practice (Global Grand Challenges) Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) University of Helsinki

Olli Tahvonen Professor Department of Forest Sciences Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry University of Helsinki

Timo Vesala Academy Professor Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) Faculty of Science University of Helsinki

Maritta Koch-Weser
Founder and President of Earth3000

Vice Chair of the WWF Supervisory Board, Germany

President of World Heritage Watch

Ph.D. from the Universities of Bonn and Cologne, Germany, and a Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University, UK


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Do you know of or work with a project that takes care of carbon? Tell us about it and let's see if it’s a fit for Compensate!

Niklas Kaskeala

Chief Impact Officer

Contact our sustainability team via info@compensate.com