The Voluntary Carbon Standard is a quality standard for providers of carbon offsets from projects that operate outside of official UN-backed offsetting schemes such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
The VCS is based on the standards set out in the CDM, but is typically used by smaller scale offset projects that can not afford the higher costs associated with attaining CDM approval.
Offset projects that wish to carry the VCS standard must comply with strict criteria governing how they validate, measure and monitor the effectiveness of their emission reductions.
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