Forest Standards – PFS
Certified Forest Sequestration™

Our Standard

The PFS Platinum Standard for forestry sequestration helps facilitate and encourage forestry practices, particularly covenants against felling before 2100, that make a genuine contribution to climate action for foresters, emitters, investors, the public and the planet.

The PFS Platnium Standard has a registered (USA) copyright (1-12421386191). The methodology supporting it is subject to a range of rules, trademarks and patent applications pending.

Purpose

To offer a standard of proof that trees planted indeed reduce CO2 through photosynthesis led sequestration until such time as more permanent solutions to global warming are found. To help those that want to help the environment make informed decisions.
To ensure the money that is spent makes a genuine and provable difference to the environment.

Background

There is a critical difference between provable and measurable carbon sequestration, and what is hoped or alleged will be future sequestration. PFS Certified Forest Sequestration™ is a standard of proof of causal connection between those certified trees and sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Forests that can be cut down at any time, that lack longevity and additionally, and where sequestration performance is unproven, are all too common but do little if anything to help the environment.

PFS Certified Forest Sequestration™ is a “not for profit” activity.  Application charges are fixed according to estimates of administrative costs only.

A certificate of sequestration issued by PFS Certified Forest Sequestration™ under this Standard is distinct from any carbon credit (however called) issued by a government instrumentality, public authority, international body for trading under an international agreement or local authority (Directive Carbon Credits) and does not seek to measure emissions however, it supplies strict guidelines on how sequestion should be measured.

Who may apply?

Any entity which owns the land on which a tree or trees have been planted;  or who owns a tree or trees separate from the land; or who has funded the planting of a tree or has a legal relationship

Measurement of CO2 sequestration (authentication)

Where any claim is made as to the amount of carbon sequestered a measurement of carbon stored (or CO2 sequestered) must be made as provided under this Standard.

Legal Longevity (permanence)

Trees must be planted in country with stable rule of law protecting private property, especially land ownership and that the ownership of trees and the land they are grown on will be protected through government and regime change.


Trees and forests are expected to remain standing for more than 100 years to qualify for a certificate of sequestration under this Standard.

 

Silviculture longevity (sustained growth)

A planted tree must be a species that sequesters the CO2 claimed for it:

It does not have any deleterious effects of GHG emissions. Is not easily combustible in its planted environment. Is suitable to the geographic location, topography, and prevailing weather. Can reasonably achieve the growth and sequestration that is claimed for it.

Additionality and
off-setting

Being responsible for increasing GHGs and sequestering carbon of the same amount are zero sum activities. GHG emissions should be reduced and everyone, including an emitter, has a responsibility to do so. Those responsible for sequestering CO2 can tell others they have done so, but if they have also been responsible for the emission of GHGs they cannot suggest they have discharged obligations not to emit or have countered the indirect consequences of previous and present emissions.


There is no additionality if a forest is cut down and immediately replanted.

Sequestration

No certificate will be issued for a forest that will not sequester at least 1,000 tonnes of carbon per ha over the first 50 years after it is planted.

Voluntary emission reduction claims and duplication of sequestration claims

It is the intent of the Standard to prevent trading in sequestration that serves as a permission for another emitter to claim credit for reductions it has not been responsible for with the intent of relieving it from making required or desirable reductions in its emissions of GHG.

Transparency

Copies of ownership of land or of the forests growing in that land, carbon sequestration, covenants, other documents, as required for the grant and maintenance of this Standard are produced.

Cost and avoided deforestation

Cost is not a recognised criterion in granting a certificate. A tree that is planted and otherwise meets the Standard decreases CO2 in the atmosphere regardless of the costs of planting and maintaining it.

Terms & conditions
and Privacy

This Standard incorporates the terms and conditions of PFS Certified Forest Sequestration™ which are found here.

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PFS ensures tangible climate action by securing permanent
and provable carbon sequestration until at least 2100.