Our principles

TerraPass is committed to delivering only the highest quality environmental products to our customers. We are proud to be the leading provider of carbon offsets from U.S.-based projects in terms of quality and transparency, for which we have received extensive recognition.

We adopt the highest standards

100% of our carbon offsets are verified against broadly accepted standards by independent third party verifiers. Our primary standards are the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate Action Reserve. These standards ensure that you receive the highest quality offsets available.

We publish full details of our supported standards.

Our emission reductions are happening now

All of our carbon offsets come from projects that are reducing CO2e today. TerraPass does not sell carbon offsets that depend on events far into the future, such as a forest growing to maturity or a wind farm that has not been built. Before we include any offsets in our portfolio, they have to be verified by an independent third party. In other words, an outside expert confirms that a specific quantity of emissions reductions has actually occurred. Climate change is an urgent problem, and we believe in making a measurable, quantifiable, and proven difference now.

View our 2012 Product Content Label here.

We publish full details on every offset project

TerraPass portfolio mix

We publish full details of our offset portfolio.

We publish a list of all the projects we work with to produce carbon offsets, including the project name, location, type, standard, verifier and the proportion of carbon credits we purchased from each project type. This way, you know exactly where your money goes.

Our carbon reductions are verified every step of the way

Every reduction at every one of our projects gets verified by an accredited and independent third party verifier. In addition, we enlist a separate accredited and independent accounting firm to verify that we are realizing the exact number of emissions reductions for our customers in accordance with the promises we’ve made to them. We publish the results of this process on our website.

We were the first, and remain the only, carbon offset provider in the U.S. to undergo such a review of our carbon purchase and supply. We publish the letter issued by that accountant on our web site, so you know we get everything checked and double-checked every step of the way.

We are intimately familiar with every project

Erin Craig at Beulah Landfill

For any potential project that we consider supporting, we undertake extensive reviews and due diligence to make sure it meets the high standards necessary to be part of our project portfolio. We spend time talking to the people involved and assessing all aspects of every project.

We check meters and pipes at landfills, and walk the waste stream flushing routes at dairies. It’s not glamorous but we think it’s important to understand the nuts and bolts (and effluents and gases) of what we do.

We keep our prices competitive

Because we only source carbon credits that meet the highest standards, we simply can’t meet the prices offered by providers who do not adhere to the same quality standards. That doesn’t mean we charge premium prices, though; we charge a fair price for a great product. We think our customers appreciate the value of knowing with certainty that their offset purchase is making a difference for the environment.

Our mission is fighting climate change

TerraPass is a mission-driven business: Unlike most other businesses we have a social goal. We strive to reduce the greatest amount of carbon emissions we can. We do this through education (largely via our newsletter), online tools, carbon offsets and renewable energy.

We are passionate about fighting climate change and we believe the best way to do it is by running our business as a business, pushing ourselves to run a lean and efficient operation that can grow to meet the enormous challenge we face in climate change.

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