- The Woodland Carbon Code Executive Board
- The Woodland Carbon Code Advisory Board
- Disputes Panel
- Development of the Woodland Carbon Code
This board is the executive body responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the Code including its application, promotion and strategic and technical development. It meets around 6 times per year.
Specific Tasks Include:
- Annual review and updating of the Code
- Interpretation of the Code and its application, including dispute resolution
- Design of the validation, monitoring and verification process
- Support for the operation of the registry
- Project certification support and governance
- Approval of validation/verification bodies
- Capacity building, communication and promotion of the Code
- Periodic reports on the uptake of the Code and a triannual evaluation
- Establish sub-committees as necessary to deal with specific issues (eg communications)
Members of the WCC Executive board are:
- Dr Pat Snowdon, FC
- Dr Vicky West, FC
- Bruce Auchterlonie, FC
- Charlton Clark, FC Communications
- Dr Mark Broadmeadow, FC England
- Chris Nixon, FC Scotland
- Bill MacDonald, Welsh Government
The role of the Advisory Board is to advise the Executive Board on the application, promotion, revision and further development of the Woodland Carbon Code. It meets around four times per year.
In Scope it includes:
- Development and revision of the Code and supporting tools and guidance
- Interpretation of the Code and its application
- Validation, monitoring and verification processes
- Communication and promotion of the Code
- Monitoring, research and evaluation
The Advisory Board is made up of the following members:
- Members of the WCC Executive Board
- Stuart Morwood, Northern Ireland Forest Service
- Defra (tbc)
- DECC (tbc)
- Ewan Mackie, Forest Research
- Sandy Greig, Institute of Chartered Foresters
- Andrew Heald, Confor
- James Hepburne-Scott, Forest Carbon
- Dr Nick Atkinson, Woodland Trust
- Peter Wilson, UK Woodland Assurance Standard
- Francisco Ascui, Edinburgh University Business School
- Nick Blyth, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment
- Julia Griffin, B&Q
A Disputes Panel, made up of 2 Executive Board Members and 2 Advisory Board members will deal with any disputes relating to interpretation of the Standard. The Panel will meet if required and will advise the Executive Board.
We are still developing and improving the scheme. This is a summary of the main developments to date.
- 2007-2009: Development, including a public consultation in 2009.
- 2010-2011: Piloting of the Code and validation procedures
- July 2011: Launch of the Code
- 2012-2013: Piloting and launch of group scheme validation
- July 2013: Launch of UK Woodland Carbon Registry on Markit Registry with additional functionality to track the issuance, transfer and use of carbon units
- Nov 2013: Consultation on Registry Rules of Use
- Jan 2014: Publication of Registry Rules of Use and Listing of Pending Issuance Units for all projects.
The Woodland Carbon Code has received the following awards:
- March 2014: Climate Week Awards: Finalist in the Category ‘Best Initiative from Government or Public Services’
- June 2014: Environmental Finance Survey: Best Voluntary Carbon Standard: Ranked No 3 in World.