The CCM matches buyers (municipalities, businesses and individuals) of Community Carbon Credits/GHG reductions with local sellers (Social enterprises, businesses and non profits that reduce carbon emissions). These organizations were previously unable to access the market because their projects were too small, the costs of assessments were too high, and the bureaucracy and jargon was too thick!

The result is an online "Farmer's Market of the Carbon Market" featuring local projects that you can feel good about supporting. Each purchase of a community carbon credit (C3) is an investment that helps support the local economy and fosters community resilience!

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Sellers

Does your green initiative need funding? Or do you have an eligible project that reduces energy use, prevents waste, follows sustainable principles, reduces GHG emissions? Do you need additional revenues to sustain these activities? Then you're in the right place!

Qualified third-party assessors assess Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction projects for carbon credit eligibility after the project qualification form is filled out.

The CCM helps unlock revenues to support eligible projects through the sale of community carbon credits generated by activities that reduce GHG emissions. Small businesses, social enterprises, non-profits, co-operatives and community organizations that demonstrate need can request to pay for CCM and assessment services with community carbon credits generated through their GHG reduction project. We’re here to help your GHG reduction project succeed!

Eligible credits from sellers are assigned a unique number and listed by organization, project and community of origin on the CCM website.

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Buyers

Do you want to support local green initiatives, encourage sustainable business practices and reward actions that reduce GHG emissions with an investment that also reduces your own carbon footprint? Then you have arrived at the marketplace for you!

Buyers wishing to balance their carbon footprint can then choose credits from a selection of qualified project listings on the CCM. Each exchange is a good news opportunity! The CCM tells your story with publicity recognizing each local investment and carbon neutral achievement.

Start with a self-assessment using our online carbon calculator or get an in-depth understanding of your opportunities for energy savings and emissions reductions using a qualified third party to assess your Carbon Footprint. Get started by signing up.

Once a credit is purchased as an offset, it's unique identifier number is permanently retired. A fee from each sale will contribute to sustaining and growing the CCM initiative. Part of the revenue will be used to help provide assessments for eligible projects that would otherwise not be able to afford the access to the carbon market.

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Local Government

Does your community have a Climate Action Charter or Official Community Plan (OCP) commitment to become carbon neutral and support the development of a sustainable local economy? Then the CCM is the program for your community!

The Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM) enables local governments, businesses and individuals to meet carbon-neutral objectives by purchasing community carbon credits from eligible projects that reduce GHG emissions and build community resilience. Local governments and other buyers can also issue a “request for carbon credits” that can stimulate new projects that might otherwise not occur.

By directing offsetting dollars back to the communities where they originate and monetizing locally-generated GHG reductions, the CCM creates additional value for green initiatives and a multiplier effect that supports jobs growth and the ongoing development of the local low-carbon economy.

Local Governments can contact the CCM to learn more about how to partner in a four phase program to build their own local Community Carbon Marketplace. The CCM model, and its economic benefits, is scalable to communities throughout British Columbia and eventually Canada.

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Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA), the CCM program developer, actively works with sellers and buyers to create a simple offset process to fund local green businesses. CEA also works with municipalities and local businesses to match demand for carbon credits with appropriate GHG offsetting projects, thus creating and facilitating partnership opportunities through the Community Carbon Marketplace program. Founded in 2008, CEA is creating a new approach for providing energy and GHG emissions inventories, planning and reduction strategies, renewable energy feasibility studies and implementation, and leading local GHG reduction initiatives.

Our innovative not-for-profit approach is focused on finding creative solutions to energy and emissions challenges while maximizing triple bottom line benefits to sustainability partners and the community. Funds generated through CEA's revenue-generating sustainability services go to support educational initiatives and a growing list of renewable energy and GHG reduction projects that truly demonstrate leadership by example.