Soil Association, the charity that digs deeper to transform the way we eat, farm and care for our natural world, has joined Trustable Credit.
Soil Association’s mission is to help everyone understand and explore the vital relationship between the health of soil, plants, animals and people. Campaigning, educating and helping everyone to grow better together. It has a wholly-owned subsidiary Soil Association Certification Limited, the UK’s largest organic and forest management certification body. It runs Food for Life, the programme making good food the easy choice for everyone. It also oversees the Soil Association Land Trust, which acquires and maintains farmland sustainably and connects the public with land stewardship. Joseph Gridley is a new Director at the Soil Association, and said:
“I’m responsible for a brand new initiative at the Soil Association to help farmers and foresters learn about, measure the impacts of – and be financially rewarded for – managing their land regeneratively. The Soil Association Exchange (SAX) initiative aims to create an industry-wide set of standards and tools to enable farmers to make positive environmental and social changes on their farms. We look forward to continued co-development of standardised processes for digital devices and their data with Trustable Credit.”
Map of Ag, the global data platform connecting farms and industry has joined Trustable Credit.
Map of Ag’s data platform connects farm and agrifood sector data using a highly trusted permissioning and data management engine that puts each business in complete control of their data. Their expertise in data allows them to provide innovative insights for organisations across the supply chain, helping it become more efficient and sustainable. Hugh Martineau, Head of Sustainability, said:
“Reducing the administrative burden on farmers and providing increasingly granular data to populate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) models is now a core activity for Map of Ag. We need to be prove the quality, accuracy and validity of these data, and Trustable Credits open standards will help with that. We are pleased to be a part of the adhocracy co-creating them!”
The UK Woodland Carbon Code, the quality assurance standard for woodland creation projects in the UK, has joined the Trustable Credit group.
Backed by the Government, the forest industry and carbon market experts, the Code is unique in providing woodland carbon units in the UK. The Woodland Carbon Code is internationally recognised for high standards of sustainable forest management and carbon management and is endorsed by ICROA, the global umbrella body for carbon reduction and offset providers in the voluntary market. It is supported by robust science from Forest Research, independent validation and verification and a transparent registry where you can track ownership, transfer and use of credits. Pat Snowdon, Head of Economics and Woodland Carbon Code, said:
“This voluntary code encourages a consistent approach to woodland carbon projects, and offers clarity and transparency to customers. While society must take every effort to reduce its CO2 emissions, tree planting can also play a role by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But before investing in such projects people want to know that schemes will actually deliver the carbon savings that they claim. Data from digital devices is something we are thinking about to enable this. Our being a part of the Trustable Credit open data standards co-creation group will ensure consistency in new digital approaches to data collection and verification.”
Earthly, the movement to invest in nature led by experts and businesses, has joined Trustable Credit.
Earthly is a platform that connects businesses to high-quality nature-based solutions (NbS) that remove carbon, restore biodiversity and support local communities. They are starting a Natural Revolution with people who want to work with nature, not against it, helping businesses and individuals to balance their carbon impact – and go beyond, to become climate-positive. Earthly’s focus is on profiling underrepresented and innovative NbS, whilst mapping out the wide spectrum of co-benefits related to projects. Their immersive platform makes it easy to see and share these co-benefits, which are brought to life through interactive 3D visualisation. Olly Bolton, CEO said:
“Our immersive platform makes it easy for you to monitor investments and develop a deeper relationship with the projects you are investing in. You’ll see the positive impact you’re making – for the planet and communities – as our visualisation evolves in line with real world projects. We aim to bring trust and transparency to investments in high-quality nature-based solutions through a scoring system for carbon, biodiversity and people and a climate resilience grading system. We can only provide this with a combination of data from digital devices such as satellites, drones and sensors. That data needs to be trustable. The open standards we will co-create together with the adhocracy will enable that.”
Lauriston Farm, the north-west Edinburgh urban site and proposed development project, has joined Trustable Credit.
Edinburgh Agroecology Co-op is proposing a new vision for Lauriston Farm, transforming an existing farm into an urban food production and community hub that benefits, supports and regenerates the environment and all those connected to it. Their vision is for a large scale urban food growing project which is nature rich, and which will benefit primarily the communities that live in the local area but also the wider city into the future. They aim to address some of the issues around access to local, affordable fresh produce, environmental degradation and lack of opportunities for people in cities to gain experience in food production resulting in a greater understanding of the wider food system. Leonie Alexander, a Director of Edinburgh Agroecology Co-op, said:
“Edinburgh Agroecology Co-operative (EAC) is a Community Interest Company (CIC), newly formed for developing this project – a unique opportunity to create a large urban farm in Scotland that will be beneficial for the land and the people. The Lauriston Farm proposal stands to be one of the most exciting projects we have ever been involved with, and can be an early adopter of digital devices for measuring carbon/biodiversity/nature improvements. Open standards to ensure trustability and transparency in the data are essential to develop, and we look forward to co-creating them.”
Terranomics, a consultancy focused on economic solutions to environmental problems, has joined Trustable Credit.
Terranomics is a UK-based consultancy with over 20 years experience in scaling up private investment in sustainable land use, climate change and conservation. Terranomics work with a range of leading corporations, investors, donors, NGOs and governments on their approach to these topics. Terranomics also has its own ventures arm, developing sustainable forestry enterprises in the UK, giving us a deep understanding of the need for trustable standards on carbon, biodiversity and nature credits. Associate Tom Chellew, said:
“We are used to working on sustainable land use investments, from project origination, incubation and structuring, through to landscape level programme design and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Realistic investment models need trustable primary data for measuring impact, and we’re thrilled to be a part of Trustable Credit to develop open standards for this”.
Gentle Farming, the business supporting regenerative agriculture in the UK, has joined Trustable Credit.
Gentle Farming’s business model and system allows farmers to quantify and market the amount of soil carbon they are sequestering into their soils per year. A regenerative farmer himself, founder Thomas Gent made the most of the first lockdown by looking into what opportunities soil carbon could provide for farmers and promote regenerative agriculture. They use an internationally recognised European soil carbon certification program called Commodicarbon. The system uses the best methods and technology available today in a practical and accessible way for farmers. Thomas Gent, Founder, said:
“We offer the UK’s first fully certified soil carbon offsetting scheme, but want to reward farmers for the holistic picture of their regenerative agriculture practices. By joining Trustable Credit, we are co-creating the open standards that any digital devices and their data measuring carbon sequestration, biodiversity and nature improvements can bring to that picture.”
Agricarbon, the qualifiers of field carbon stock, has joined Trustable Credit.
Soil has the potential to act as a massive, natural carbon sink, but there’s a catch: the effects are largely hidden below ground and extremely difficult to measure. Agricarbon offers a breakthrough: a new service that quantifies soil carbon stock with the highest possible scientific integrity and is affordable to deploy at scale. Agricarbon’s new service and technology innovation is being put through its paces in a pioneering soil carbon capture project – the first of its kind in the world. The project, carried out in partnership with First Milk farms and sponsored by Nestlé, establishes a comprehensive and scientifically robust soil carbon baseline in 2021 for 40 dairy farms across the UK. Annie Leeson, Co-Founder, said:
“We know that reliable and verified robust, scientifically-validated soil carbon data is absolutely critical. Our service includes independent, scientifically robust methodologies at all stages of the process and secures an audit trail throughout to allow the data integrity to be validated by certification bodies in future. Open standards that focus on the data quality from measurement instruments and scientific processes will be very important and we look forward to contributing our ideas, experience and expertise.”
Treeconomy, the carbon capture company, has joined Trustable Credit.
Treeconomy exists to combat climate change and biodiversity loss by valuing and enhancing natural capital. They are revolutionising the forest carbon offset industry via the use of remote sensing technology and an end-to-end business model. Treeconomy connects rural landowners directly to the global carbon offset market, shrinking the carbon supply chain and providing them with a new source of income from trees. Their approach offers reliability, transparency, and a strong financial incentive for responsible tree planting. Treeconomy uses satellite and LiDAR-derived data to measure a woodland’s ecosystem services, providing an additional layer of granularity to our carbon offset volume and natural capital calculations. Harry Grocott, CEO and Co-Founder, said:
“We use high-resolution remote sensing equipment with species recognition, to provide superior accuracy and trustworthiness in quantifying the value of woodland ecosystem services and the actual carbonsequestered. We are therefore able to measure the true value of a woodland’s natural capital, beyond ascertaining the value of the carbon captured. We’re really looking forward to getting involved with the co-creation of open standards for digital devices and their data measuring carbon, biodiversity and nature improvements!”
The University of Glasgow’s School of Computing Science has joined Trustable Credit.
Since 1957, when Glasgow became the first university in Scotland to have an electronic computer, they have built a reputation for the excellence of their Computing Science research and our graduates. Today, the School is one of the foremost in the UK, setting itself the highest standards in research, and research-led learning and teaching. Dr. Angelos K. Marnerides is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow (UofG) and a visiting researcher at the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. Angelos’ research revolves around applied security and resilience for Internet-enabled cyber physical systems. His research philosophy is in designing systems with strong theoretical foundations and in providing practical, data-driven implementations that are deployable in the real world. He joins Trustable Credit as a key part of the standards authoring team, and said:
“Data-driven resilience and security for Internet-enabled cyber-physical infrastructures is essential. My philosophy is in designing algorithms and systems with strong theoretical foundations and in providing practical, data-driven implementations that are deployable in the real world. Hence, my approach brings a data, measurement-driven and systems-oriented perspective to the study of security and resilience challenges. This perspective will be essential to the creation of open and transparent standards for digital devices and their data.”