CARBON OFFSET GRANT FUND
One Carbon World Grant Fund Terms and Conditions
The One Carbon World grant fund has been established to reduce climate change. Our fund of 10,000,000 Verified Carbon Credits aims to help 25,000 businesses, charities, and social enterprises to achieve carbon neutrality over the next 4 years. The purpose of the fund is to raise awareness of climate change and the effect that greenhouse gas emissions have on this.
By giving support and retiring carbon credits we are stimulating organisations’ awareness of their carbon footprint, and increasing the number of carbon credits retired to create a positive change in the environment.
It is equally important for small organisations as it is for multi-national companies to address the impact that their carbon footprint has on the planet; collectively it is clear that we are not doing enough, emissions have the same effect no matter where the source. By each contributing to reducing emissions and off-setting those that can’t be reduced, we all have the power to make a difference.
The One Carbon World grant fund aims to reach as many organisations as possible; it is therefore open to applications from businesses of all sizes from micro to multi nationals, business networks, Social Enterprises, NGO’s, public sector organisations, charities and events.
You may be asked to provide relevant information as evidence to status of your entity.
Your organisation must have an appointed contact and be free and able to communicate information to all stakeholders of the certification and process.
Applications by sole traders or unincorporated organisations must identify the legal body or natural person assuming responsibility for the grant award and payment of any invoices.
The status of the applicant organisation will be verified during your application assessment.
One Carbon World grant fund defines consortium applications as those submitted by formal consortia only, i.e. where 2 or more organisations come together to create a new, formally constituted organisation, with its own organisational accounts.
Informal consortia, i.e. where 2 or more organisations work together on a specific project or initiative only, will be considered as partnerships.
Informal consortia/partnerships must elect one of the organisations as ‘lead’ organisation, i.e. the organisation which will be awarded the grant, will be responsible for payment of any invoices, and who would operate as the main point of contact with One Carbon World for the duration of the project.
Organisations may apply both as an individual organisation and as a member of a consortium at the same time.
After application, One Carbon World will work with the applicant organisation to define the scope of the measurement. The One Carbon World grant fund will assist projects of any scope, from individual products or events, to single or multiple departments, one office location, to worldwide offices across multiple countries.
Organisations may make multiple applications to the grant fund to increase the scope of what is measured / off-set (for example, bringing additional departments, locations, events, or products into scope).
Organisations may bring their supply chain into scope. In this case, One Carbon World and their appointed independent expert will not communicate directly with your supply chain organisations. It is the responsibility of the applicant organisation to collect the required data from their supply chain partners.
Grants are awarded to the applicant organisation only. The applicant organisation is responsible for the Carbon Credit off-set of all greenhouse gas emissions measured under their agreed scope. Grant funded Carbon Credits cannot be invoiced separately to supply chain or partner organisations. Organisations wishing to be invoiced separately for grant funded Carbon Credits must apply for their own grant award.
Grants will be awarded for a period of 1 year.
Grants applications that have been approved can be renewed up to an additional 3 times to give a total of 4 years’ emissions that can be measured and off-set. The terms and conditions contained in this document relate to both initial grant awards and subsequent renewals.
Projects lasting more than one year will have each year awarded individually, up to a maximum of 4 years. Projects lasting over 4 years may only have a grant award for the first 4 years. One Carbon World may, at their discretion, award additional grants for the lifetime of a project.
All grant awards include
A One Carbon World accredited independent expert consultant to produce a One Carbon World Carbon Footprint Report, or verify a carbon footprint report produced in-house or by another organisation. Report will show breakdown of carbon footprint by emissions and will include recommendations for reducing emissions and for further emissions activities that may be included in subsequent carbon footprint calculations. All reports follow GHG Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard.
The retirement of Carbon Credits on the organisation’s behalf up to a maximum of that number required to achieve Carbon Neutral status as measured by the agreed One Carbon World report.
·One Carbon World may, at its discretion, support the retirement of Carbon Credits above this level subject to an exceptional business case being put forward by the applicant organisation.
·A telephone consultation and full email support and guidance with our One Carbon World team of experts to define and calculate a Carbon Footprint, or verify a carbon footprint produced in-house, or by another organisation. All calculations follow GHG Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard and use most current conversion factors available.
·The retirement of a maximum of 300 tons of Verified Carbon Credits in the name of an organisation to achieve Carbon Neutral status and 70% funding for any credits over 300 tons that may be required to achieve carbon neutral status.
·Full use of One Carbon World Logo and communications and marketing support.
The opportunity to be a partner in the United Nations Climate Neutral Now initiative with full use of the initiative’s logo and communications and marketing support.
What we will fund
One Carbon World Carbon Neutral International Standard
Carbon Neutral International Standard Fee – 70% funding
Expert validation – 100% funding
Carbon Credit offset identified in Carbon Footprint Report – 70% funding for credits over 300 tonnes (up to 300 tonnes included in Standard Fee)
Carbon Credit retirement and certification
Carbon Credits included in the standard fee, or identified off-sets following Carbon Footprint Report will be retired on behalf of the applicant organisation, in the name of the organisation provided at application.
Carbon Credits will be retired on the IHS Markit Carbon Credit Registry.
The grant fund consists of VCS Verified Carbon Credits. An allocation of CDM Carbon Credits is also available.
You will receive a digital retirement certificate to confirm Carbon Credits retired in the organisation’s name.
Your Carbon Neutral International Standard certificate will also be issued digitally, together with the appropriate Standard logo in a variety of formats, and a copy of the brand guidelines detailing their permitted use.
You must not display the Carbon Neutral International Standard logos on any print or digital media or communication before authorised to do so by the receipt of the appropriate Standard certificate.
What we will not fund
3rd party accreditations and certifications, carbon credits, and consultants.
One Carbon World accredited independent expert consultants are available in both English and Spanish. All Carbon Footprint reports will be prepared in one of these languages.
Organisations bringing multiple sites into scope for calculation may communicate in a different language for each site, provided each site communicates in one of the above languages.
Limit of duties
The role of the One Carbon World is to guide applicant organisations to collate their greenhouse gas emission data and to interpret this data to calculate the organisation’s carbon footprint.
Applicant organisations are responsible for measuring and reporting this data to One Carbon World. Your grant agreement will define your data reporting period.
Your data reporting period will be agreed with One Carbon World. One Carbon World may, at their discretion, accept data reported after this date, but are under no obligation to do so. Failure to provide the data requested will mean that it may not be possible to calculate the organisation’s carbon footprint.
No payment is required at the application stage.
Once an organisation’s grant has been approved, an invoice will be raised for the appropriate standard fee.
All grant awards are deducted from the invoice amount. Organisations are only liable to pay their contribution to the standard fee or carbon credits.
If a grant application is declined, the applicant organisation may still apply for the appropriate One Carbon World standard at full cost without grant support. In this instance, an invoice will be raised for the full amount.
Invoice terms are 30 days. If an invoice remains unpaid after this time, One Carbon World may cancel the grant award.
Invoices relating to each grant award must be settled in full before work commences on each stage of the calculation of the Carbon Footprint, and before Carbon Credits are retired following the Footprint report.
All invoices will be issued in Pounds Sterling. Payments in other currencies cannot be accepted.
Please note that we cannot pay for:
• Any costs started or paid for prior to the date you signed your Grant Application Form or the date of this Grant Offer Letter; and
• Any consultancy provided by an External Expert not included on our expert panel Grant Application Form; or
• Any charges levied through other carbon credit programmes that have not gone through a selection process through the Members board at One Carbon World
Governing law and jurisdiction
This Grant Offer Letter is and all documents made under or in connection with it shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of England. You hereby irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of the English Courts and Your address.
The Parties shall keep the terms of this Agreement and any Confidential Information confidential and not disclose such terms to anyone, except for disclosures specifically permitted hereunder, and ensure that the Confidential Information is protected with security measures and a reasonable degree of care. Each Party may disclose Confidential Information to its Affiliates and their officers, directors, employees and professional advisers to the extent necessary for purposes connected with the Agreement
and to the auditors of any Affiliate. One Carbon World will continue indefinitely post completion of Your engagement to ensure any data held is not disclosed to third parties.
Publicity and Evaluation
One Carbon World will request Your permission and consult You in sufficient time to enable You to review the participation in any publicity or advertising organised by Us or Our representatives relating to Your OCW Grant application in publicity materials or on Our or other relevant websites, provided always that under no circumstances shall Your participation in such publicity or advertising require You to disclose any information which is the subject of any confidentiality restrictions between You and any third parties engaged in the Project.
One Carbon World will request Your permission to publish the amount of OCW Grant offered with the name of the Company and a brief description of the Project after the acceptance of this Grant Offer Letter.
If You propose to give any publicity for the Project outside of Our normal publicity arrangements, You must consult Us in sufficient time to enable Us to discuss and agree the publicity with You.
You shall at all times comply with any current publicity requirements (including any branding guidelines) for OCW, provided always that Your compliance with such publicity requirements shall not require You to disclose any information which is the subject of any confidentiality restrictions between You and any third parties engaged in the Project.
Save to the extent required by law or regulatory requirement, You will not make or issue any press releases or make any announcement in relation to this Project, unless You (i) agree with Us the contents first and (ii) unless notified by Us not to do so, include in the press release / announcement a reasonably prominent statement that the Project is being supported by the One Carbon World.
You must provide such information as We from time to time reasonably require in order to evaluate the outcomes of the Project.
Guidelines for the use of One Carbon World standard logos and the Climate Neutral Now logo
Entities may use the One Carbon Standards Logos and Climate Neutral Now logo in accordance with the requirements outlined below and provided that each entity submits the required documentation in support of the pledge or standard.
1. Uses of the logo
a. Informational Use – Yes!
Informational uses are those that are primarily illustrative and not intended for commercial or fundraising activities. An entity that has signed the Climate Neutral Now pledge is allowed to use the logo to highlight their participation in this initiative in their websites, informational documents (e.g. annual reports, sustainability reports, company profiles) and promotional materials (flyers, brochures, and similar).
However, it is required that the entities make available in the relevant section of their website (e.g. in the sustainability or CSR section), the information about the scope of their Climate Neutral Now pledge (which activities or areas are covered, which greenhouse gases are taken into consideration, and the duration of the pledge). An option is to make the signed Climate Neutral Now pledge available on the website, for example.
b. Products and packaging ‐ Yes for either One Carbon world Standard / No for Climate Neutral Now Logo
The Climate Neutral Now logo cannot be placed on specific products or packaging without prior written authorization by the UNFCCC secretariat. Climate Neutral Now is an initiative that encourages action by companies and other organizations, but it does not provide product‐related certification.
2. Mistakes in using the logo
Never: - Stray from the color palette - Switch the colors - Replace the approved typeface with any other typeface
1 Use the design on similarly‐colored backgrounds - Rearrange the elements of the design - Stretch or distort the Logo
2 Use any part of the logo as part of another word - Redesign, redraw, animate, modify or alter the proportions - Surround the logo with a pattern or design - Rotate or render it three‐dimensionally - Add words, images, or any other new elements - Enclose it in a shape or combine it with other design elements or effects
3. LIABILITY All entities wishing to use the Climate Neutral Now logo for the purposes specified herein must agree to the following provisions: • The entity confirms that it will use the logo only as permitted by these guidelines. • One Carbon World or The United Nations does not assume any responsibility for the activities of the entity.
4. DISCLAIMER • The use of the Climate Neutral Now logo by an entity does not imply the endorsement of the UNFCCC secretariat of such entity, its products or services, or of its planned activities. • The Climate Neutral Now logo may not be reproduced for obtaining any commercial or personal financial gain. • The UNFCCC secretariat will not assume any responsibility or liability arising from the translation of the text of the logo into non‐UN official languages.
5. INQUIRIES AND PERMISSIONS
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How to apply
Please complete the Application Form online or send us an email.
GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR THE COMMUNITY
As a global resource partner of the United Nations Climate Neutral Now Initiative, One Carbon World is committed to emission reduction strategies and forestry projects that meet the highest standards, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to sustainable development.
The fund only supports carbon offset projects which are both ecologically and socially effective, with clear sustainable development benefits, such as including positive impacts on the well-being of the community hosting the project, strong biodiversity, job creation, and supporting educational programmes
Our goal is to help over 25,000 organizations to achieve carbon neutrality over the next 4 years. This will equate to a 5% increase in the number of carbon credits retired worldwide.
Our grant fund offer 70% support helps businesses and events of all sizes, local government, schools and regional projects.