It's about integrity
Crown Research Institute, Landcare Research created EBEX21 (Emissions-Biodiversity Exchange for the 21st century) or EBEX for short, to help pioneering New Zealand carbon farmers create carbon credits with the highest levels of integrity.
For more than ten years – the early development phase for carbon credits – Landcare Research used its expertise in carbon sequestration and native forest regeneration to provide advice and support to interested and eligible landowners.
No carbon emissions
Because EBEX landowners don’t plant trees to generate credits – eligible land is simply allowed to revert back to native forest through a change in land use – there are no soil carbon emissions associated with the creation of EBEX credits.
Because the forest is covenanted and permanent it can never be harvested by the current or any future landowner.
The result is that through EBEX, Landcare Research has available for purchase a pool of high-quality carbon credits that exceeds all internationally recognised standards.
One of the attractions of EBEX credits is that they can be traced back to individual properties around the South Island. Many purchasers use this in their marketing, aligning their business with a particular landowner and their property.
If you are a cheese maker, for example, and you want to offset your unavoidable emissions, your customers may appreciate that buying your cheese will help fund the restoration of a specific area of native forest and the associated carbon sequestration.
Other environmental benefits
When you purchase EBEX carbon credits there are other environmental benefits. As well as slowing climate change, native forest regeneration enables native biodiversity to flourish, reduces soil erosion and improves catchment water quality.