UK Land Carbon Registry
The UK Land Carbon Registry is the database that stores and publicly displays data about the status of Woodland Carbon Code and Peatland Code projects and ownership and use of carbon units. Managed by IHS Markit, it records transactions and provides a public and transparent picture of UK-based Woodland and Peatland Carbon Units. All Projects and Carbon Units must be recorded on the UK Land Carbon Registry.
Woodland Carbon Code Mapping Online:
- on Scotland's Land Information Search and Scotland's Environment Web
- on England's Land Information Search and MAGIC
- on NRW's Interactive Mapper and Wales' SMNR Portal
Number of Woodland Carbon Code Projects on the UK Land Carbon Registry - Interim statistics as of 31 Dec 2021
|Number of projects||England||Wales||Scotland||Northern Ireland||UK|
|Verified at year 5||45||3||66||1||115|
Note: Projects can be validated/verified individually or as part of a group. This table shows the number of projects validated or verified, whether they were adminsitered individually or as part of a group.
Area of Woodland Carbon Code Projects on the UK Land Carbon Registry - Interim statistics as of 31 Dec 2021
|Area (hectares)||England||Wales||Scotland||Northern Ireland||UK|
|Verified at year 5||638||52||3,279||9||3,977|
Projected Carbon Sequestration of Woodland Carbon Code projects - Interim statistics as of 31 Dec 2021
|Projected Sequestration (Million tCO2e)||England||Wales||Scotland||Northern Ireland||UK|
|Verified at year 5||0.3||0.03||1.4||<0.01||1.8|
Note: These figures include both the carbon units which can be sold and those which are allocated to the WCC buffer.
Number of Woodland Carbon Units available on the UK Land Carbon Registry - as of 31 Dec 2021
1 Carbon Unit = 1 Tonne of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
'Already Sold' units are either transferred from the project developer to another market participant's account, assigned to a buyer by the project developer (if PIU) or retired by the final user (if WCU).
Landowners 'growing their own' units are owned by organisations planning to use the units that will be verified against emissions within their own company/organisational boundaries (insetting).
WCC Buffer Units are units which are put aside and stored in a shared buffer pool in case of any future loss of WCU.
|Available for sale||Already sold||Landowners 'Growing their own' units||WCC Buffer Units||Total|
Pending Issuance Units (validated, to be delivered in future)
|Woodland Carbon Units (verified, sequestered carbon)||800||5,800||800||1,600||9,000|
Delivery of verified Woodland Carbon Units over time
Woodlands validated to the Woodland Carbon Code will sequester carbon dioxide over the coming 100 years. The chart below shows the projected annual 'conversion rate' of PIUs to WCUs over that time period (black line), and the cumulative sequestration of validated projects over that time (bars). Note that around 2/3 of units are already sold as PIUs (see table above - all the assignments and a proportion of the holdings are already sold). As more projects are validated to the standard, both the conversion rate and the projected cumulative verified units will increase. Buffer Units are not included on the chart.