CRU factsheet

Acorn CRU

Acorn offers high quality, premium carbon removal units. Each Acorn CRU has the following characteristics: 

  • Represents one tonne of CO2;
  • Is certified by Plan Vivo;
  • Denotes removal offsets (not avoidance, reduction or allowance credits);
  • Is ex-post—the carbon is sequestered before the CRU is generated, not a promise for the future;
  • Provides a nature-based solution—we use agroforestry methods rather than technological solutions like direct air capture;
  • Is derived from projects that exclusively cover smallholder farmers (<10 ha) in developing countries;
  • Is transparent—we show when, where and by whom the carbon is sequestered, all the way down to the individual plot and farmer level;
  • Features a durability period of 20 years—this is the period during which the CO2 represented by a CRU is expected to remain removed from the atmosphere or sequestered in the buffer pool;
  • Is backed by a buffer pool put in place as insurance for reversal events;
  • Guarantees 80-90% of the sale price flows directly back to the smallholder farmer;
  • Contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 17. 

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