NCX

Distributed forest carbon marketplace

Location:

Texas, USA

Forestry
Temporary
Carbon removal

Why

Forests

?

Trees inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. They store carbon in their mass as they grow - one of nature’s natural carbon storage technologies. Recent research shows global forests store about 30% of all annual human CO₂ emissions. Learn more about forestry offsets in our Forestry 101 Primer.

About

NCX

By combining satellite imagery, machine learning, and field measurements, NCX measures every acre of U.S. forest every year to bring transparency and accountability to forest carbon credits.

Credits bought through the Natural Capital Exchange empower landowners big and small to participate in forest carbon markets while driving real climate impact. Their approach incentivizes the growth of older, more carbon-rich forests, supporting rural communities, and advances science-based measurements of both carbon and biodiversity impact.

Our evaluation

We picked NCX because forests have enormous potential for capturing and storing carbon, but it’s difficult to verify and enforce forestry projects, and to ensure your dollars are actually causing them to happen (additionality). 


NCX targets acres that are actually at risk of being harvested, leveraging their expertise in forest management and ensuring that carbon purchases create real change on the landscape.


The Joro community is supporting projects from landowners large and small in the Southern United States. By eliminating measurement and monitoring costs for landowners, NCX also democratizes access to forest carbon markets so that more landowners and acres of forest can be part of the climate solution.

evaluation

OVERALL SCORE:

3.5

/5

INTEGRITY:

4

/5

Verifiability High 4
Enforceability High 5
Permanence 1 year 1
Additionality High 4
Transparency High 4

TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL:

3

/5

Efficiency Medium-High 3
Scalability Medium 4
Catalytic Potential Medium 3
Ecosystem Benefits High 3
Community Benefits High 4

Joro community's impact

The Joro community started supporting NCX in October 2021. Our purchases will be part of NCX’s December 2021 bidding cycle, meaning we will be paying landowners to sequester carbon in their forests during the 2022 calendar year. The credits will be formally delivered and retired through the Verra Registry upon final evaluation, by June 2023. Via remote sensing and field measurements, harvest deferral relative to the business as usual scenario is measured before and after the performance period to validate the actual, realized climate impact.