6. How do I sell carbon units?

When can I sell my units?

1. Find a buyer

2. Receive payment for your units

3. Transfer or assign/retire carbon units to your buyer

4. See other projects which have already sold their carbon units

When can I sell my units?

Only verified Woodland Carbon Units can be used to compensate for emissions/ as an offset, but Pending Issuance Units can be used to help a company plan to be Net Zero by a given date, or at some point in the future.  See the claims that companies can make.

Once your project is validated, and your Pending Issuance Units are listed in the registry, you have a 'product' to sell.  In theory you could complete validation as soon as the trees are planted.  The Units have a 'Vintage'/timestamp as to when they will be delivered. 

  • Some project developers sell all the carbon from a project to one buyer.
  • Others sell smaller amounts of a particular 'vintage' to different buyers. 
  • Some wait to sell verified Woodland Carbon Units after each verification.

1. How do I find a buyer?

There are a number of ways to find a corporate buyer:

  • Ask local businesses or those which you have business links with
  • Once your project is validated, we'll add you to the list of project developers with units available to sell.  We'll add a case study if you can provide text/pictures.
  • Offer your units 'for sale' on the 'Request for Information' Platform within the UK Land Carbon Registry
  • Ask one of the carbon resellers listed below.  These companies have corporate clients who want to buy PIU to help with their Net Zero plans or WCU to offset their current year's emissions.

In England only, it is also possible to sell your carbon units to Government, as they are verified.  If you would like to have the option to sell your carbon units to Government, you need to register with the WCC and enter a Woodland Carbon Guarantee auction, BEFORE you have started planting.  Find out about the next auction here.

 

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2. Receive payment for your units

Agree a price with a buyer and receive payment for your units. The price varies, depending upon the costs of creating and managing the woodland and the range of benefits that it provides.  Within the UK, companies are paying between £7 and £20 /tCO2e for purchases of Pending Issuance Units.  As only a small number of verified Woodland Carbon Units have been sold, we cannot yet say whether the price for these differs.

Voluntary carbon units are not a VAT-able commodity, so you do not need to charge VAT.

3. Transfer or assign/retire units to your buyer

See also How to transfer units or assign PIU units to a buyer on registry (pdf) and How to retire WCU on behalf of a buyer on the registry (pdf)

Larger volumes? - Buyer has own account? 

Buyers of larger volumes can open an account on the UK Land Carbon Registry to manage their purchased carbon units - from either the Woodland Carbon Code or the Peatland Code.  If a buyer has an account on the registry, they have more flexibility to manage their own units and to use/retire them when they are ready or wish to do so, but there is a fee to open an account (£400 for private companies and £200 for government/ charities).  Their carbon units will also be visible on the 'Holdings' page of the UK Land Carbon Registry.  Where buyers have accounts, you can transfer units to their account in a similar way to transferring cash through internet banking.  

Smaller volumes? Assign or Retire units on your buyer's behalf

If your buyer does not have or want their own account, then you can 'assign' Pending Issuance Units or 'retire' Woodland Carbon Units, 'tagged' with the buyer's name and a comment as to the intention.  It's less easy for the buyer to see all their purchases in one place, although they can search/find units with their name tagged, but they do not need to manage an account. The units are then effectively taken out of your account/circulation.

  • ‘Assign’ Pending Issuance Units:  Your buyer will be able to see their units on the 'Assigned Credits' page of the UK Land Carbon Registry with their name against them, and these units will be automatically ‘retired’ when verified, assuming the sequestration has occurred.
  • ‘Retire’ verified Woodland Carbon Units:  Your buyer will be able to see their units on the 'Retired Credits' page of the UK Land Carbon Registry, with their name against them, and they can refer to this page when they declare their use in an annual GHG emissions report.

4. Project Developers/ Projects where the carbon units are already sold

These project developers/ projects have already sold all the carbon units in their project - upfront as Pending Issuance Units. These units will be delivered over the projects' lifetimes (up to 100 years).

Verified - All sold!

  Crick Community Woodlands

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Projects with PIUs already sold:

Crick Jubilee Woods (On UK Land Carbon Registry)

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Projects with all PIUs already sold:

Buccleuch Group (Verified - WCC Case Study)

Milton of Mathers (Verified - WCC Case Study)

Minnowburn (Verified - WCC Case Study)

Moorside Woods (Verified - WCC Case Study)

Tweed Forum Group (Verified - on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Forest Carbon Group Scheme 1 (Verified - on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Forest Carbon Group Scheme 2 (Validated - on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Validated/ Verified - All sold!

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Projects with all PIUs already sold:

4 Gesto (Verified - WCC Case Study)

Loch Duagrich (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Validated - All Sold!

   Inverlonan Estates

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Projects with PIUs already sold:

Ballygowan (On UK Land Carbon Registry)

Validated - All sold!

   LH Farming

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Projects with all PIUs already sold:

Lonsdale Small Woods Group (WCC Case Study)

Lonsdale Group 1 (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Lonsdale Group 2 (except Owen's Wood - still available) (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Lonsdale Group 3 (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Lonsdale Group 18/19 (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Jack's Wood in Lonsdale Group 19/20 (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Validated - All sold!

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Projects with all PIUs already sold:

Scottish Forest Alliance (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

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Projects with all PIUs already sold:

Warcop, England (Verifed - WCC Case Study)

Coed y Foel, Wales (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Faughan Valley Mosaic, Northern Ireland (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Ffos Las, Wales (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Heartwood, England (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Hedley Hall East and West, England (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Kinclaven (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

Smithills Phase 1 and Phase 2, England (on UK Land Carbon Registry)

 

 

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4 Auctions have taken place to date.  The next auction will take place in May 2022.

Find out more about previous auctions and how to apply for the option to sell Woodland Carbon Units to government (England only).

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