Clarifications and archive versions 


Clarifications to current version 

There are currently no clarifications to the current version of the Woodland Carbon Code. 


Archive versions of the UK Woodland Carbon Code  

Version  Date published  Effective from Key changes 

 2.2 (current)

2.2 with track changes from version 2.1

 April 2022  1 October 2022
  • Updates to standard document and some template documents, including project design document, project progress report, cashflow and woodland benefits tool
  • Specification that from 1 October 2022, projects had to register before work began on site (rather than before planting)
  • Changes to additionality test, removing barrier test and creating a ‘standardised’ financial test
  • Clarifications on issues about types of income (e.g. donations) and use of other carbon standards
  • Added requirement to submit woodland benefits tool separately with social and environmental information
  • Increased registry costs (account opening and unit issuance)
 2.1  March 2021  1 July 2021
  • Released new standard document, guidance and template documents, including the Woodland Carbon Code cashflow
  • Specified that from 1 July 2021, projects had to be registered before planting started
  • Added options for natural colonisation/ regeneration in the carbon calculation section, made cosmetic changes to calculation spreadsheet and added new guidance document
  • Added more information about project monitoring, including:
    • More guidance on monitoring from year 15, including full monitoring and verification procedures, a self-assessment option and basic monitoring and verification for projects which use the small projects calculator
    • Providing an updated survey protocol 
 2.0  March 2018  1 July 2018

Updates made to the standard, guidance, template documents and carbon prediction and measurement tool, including:

  • Enhanced detail on project verification
  • Integration of simplified method for ‘small woods’
  • Incorporation of woodland benefits tool
 1.3  July 2014  1 October 2014
  • Clarification of landowner commitment statement requirements
  • Clarification on loss reports
  • Clarification of monitoring requirements
 1.2  July 2013  1 October 2013
  • Added section ‘1.0 Commitment’
  • Changes to section ‘1.1 date definitions’
  • Changes to section ‘2.1 Registry’ to reflect move to Markit Environmental Registry
  • Changes to section ‘2.5 Management of Group Schemes’ to reflect new group scheme guidance
  • Changes to section ‘2.6 Monitoring’ about timing of first verification
  • Changes to section ‘2.7 Carbon Statements and Reporting’ to reflect move to new registry and for clarity
  • Released new versions of the single project and group project design document, mainly to reflect the move to Markit Environmental Registry
  • Released new versions of carbon calculation examples, including new table to show Pending Issuance Units listing by vintage
 1.1  July 2012  1 October 2012
  • Changes to additionality and monitoring sections
  • Released project design document version 2.1, reflecting changes to code
  • Released carbon look-up tables version 1.5 to include 2.0m Scots Pine
  • Released look-up table guidance version 1.4 with changes to emissions from establishment
 1.0  July 2011  1 October 2011  

For more information on clarifications or previous versions of the UK Woodland Carbon Code, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Privacy policy       Cookies

© Copyright 2019 UK Woodland Carbon Code

Our website uses cookies. By continuing, we assume your permission to deploy cookies, as detailed in our Privacy and Cookies policies.