Our projects have resulted in over 2,3 million verified carbon credits which have been sold in the voluntary market. The roots of Face the Future go back to 1990, when the Face Foundation (Forest Absorbing Carbon dioxide Emissions) was established. Our first credit transactions took place in 2000, with which we were one of the first organisations globally to offer carbon offsets. With that we have contributed the creation of the voluntary market and consumer awareness.
In 1998 the Dutch government awarded the Face projects in Uganda and Malaysia as best practices for the project based emission reduction mechanisms of the Kyoto protocol. Our projects in Uganda and Ecuador have served as official (government submitted) examples for the establishment of AIJ guidelines, what later developed into CDM.
From 2000 onwards, Face Foundation became one of the first organizations in the world to have her projects certified and verified according to international carbon & forest protocols. This enabled the reliable quantification of the amount of carbon sequestered in forests and at the same time ensured the sustainability and quality of the projects.
In 2009 the activities of the Face Foundation evolved into Face the Future, an organization established to mitigate environmental issues such as climate change, through a new approach: that of valuing the services provided by ecosystems. Face the Future continues the project activities of Face Foundation and aims to expanding their methodologies to other ecosystems (for instance peatlands) and other ecosystem services.
In 2010 we have successfully developed a VCS methodology for Improved Forest Management projects. This is one of the first VCS methodologies being approved, which enables a whole new range of projects to enter the carbon market.
We have adopted the VCS as a high quality standard for forest carbon projects (with CCB as a potential add-on). As we were a pioneer/innovator in the 90’s when we started our projects, in the 00’s we were one of the first to offer voluntary offsets we will continue to be an innovator with a number of VCS projects in the pipeline.