UK Woodland Carbon Code


The Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) is the quality assurance standard for woodland creation projects in the UK, and generates independently verified carbon units. Backed by the Government, the forest industry and carbon market experts, the Code is unique in providing woodland carbon units right here in the UK. The Woodland Carbon Code is internationally recognised for high standards of sustainable forest management and carbon management and is endorsed by ICROA, the global umbrella body for carbon reduction and offset providers in the voluntary market. Woodland Carbon Code projects provide social and environmental benefits for many communities across the UK.  These include biodiversity and habitat creation, improvements in health and wellbeing, benefits for farming, local employment and educational opportunities.


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Supported by robust science from Forest Research, independent validation and verification and a transparent registry where you can track ownership, transfer and use of credits, it allows you to:

  • Reduce your net emissions: The UK Government's Environmental Reporting Guidelines shows how you can use verified Woodland Carbon Units to compensate for your company's gross UK-based emissions.
  • Claim Carbon Neutrality: PAS 2060:2014 shows how verified Woodland Carbon Units can be used in claims of carbon neutrality of an activity, product, service, building, project or event in the UK.
  • Buy in advance and help with your pathway to Net Zero by 2050: Purchase units in advance of sequestration helping to plan your pathway to net zero over the years to come.

Note:  Companies can compensate for their UK-based emissions using carbon units from WCC projects, but not for their emissions overseas or emissions from international aviation or shipping.


About the Code

Standard and Guidance

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Landowners - Apply

UK Land Carbon Registry

Case Studies - Woodland Carbon Projects

Case Studies - Companies have purchased woodland carbon



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!! WCC Version 2.2 out 6 May 2022 !!

Version 2.2 of the Woodland Carbon Code is now available. It includes changes to:


If you submit documents for validation/verification on or after 1 October 2022, you must use Version 2.2 of documents against Version 2.2 of the WCC standard.

If you have completed planting and you submit documents for validation/verification by 30 September 2022, you can still use Version 2.1 of documents against version 2.1 of the WCC standard. 

UK Land Carbon Registry fees are increasing from 1 October 2022.


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Applications for the 5th auction are now closed.  Results will be out later in May.

Find out how to apply for the option to sell Woodland Carbon Units to government (England only).


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