Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS 2007) Content Library

What is the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS)? 

The VCS is a quality standard for the voluntary carbon offset industry. This standard is based on the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The VCS establishes criteria for validating, measuring, and monitoring carbon offset projects within organisations. 

The Voluntary Carbon Standard 2007 (VCS 2007) aims to provide a trustworthy, robust global standard for voluntary carbon offsets. It provides the voluntary carbon market with an assurance mechanism, and so will deliver real credibility to the market. With the VCS 2007, corporations, organisations and individuals will be able to ensure that their carbon offsets are from a credible source, are not double traded or double counted. 

The VCS Steering Committee worked closely with the International Standards Organisation (ISO), with ISO 14064 Part 2 (ISO standard for Greenhouse Gas Reporting) included in the VCS 2007 and both 14064 Part 2, 14064 Part 3 and 14065 used as reference documents for the development of the Voluntary Carbon Standard. 

Who can use the VCS? 

All organisations who wish to show their credibility within the voluntary carbon offset market. 


  • Credibility
  • Stakeholder trust
  • Commitment to reduction of your emissions

LRQA Services

Verification: Assuring that your company's reported data and information on your emissions are accurate and that the data management system provides the infrastructure to collect and analyse the data and information, which is used by decision makers such as stakeholders, regulators and your own company.

Case Studies

Terex Trucks

As a market leading manufacturer of dump trucks for mining, quarrying and infrastructure application, Terex Trucks explains how they successfully gained certification against both newly revised international management system standards with the support of LRQA.

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Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) | Implementing ISO 50001

Understand the key challenges companies are facing in reducing their environmental footprints and in meeting regulators requirements. This case study also helps to find out which international standards to choose in this context.

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White Papers

ISO 14001:2015 - Don't Risk your Certification

7 things that you can do now that will make your transition easier

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has recently announced that from 15 March 2018 all ISO 9001 assessments (including initial, surveillance and re-certification visits) must be performed against the 2015 version of the standard. They have also reiterated that from 15 September 2018 all ISO 9001:2008 certifications will be withdrawn.

We’ve pulled together insight from our clients, assessors, and client services teams to help you get the best from your organisation’s transition journey.

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Carbon and Energy Assessment and Improvement Services

LRQA provides independent assessment and improvement services to companies worldwide. Our services combine integrity, technical expertise and innovation that deliver rapid, sustained and low-cost carbon and energy savings to our clients.

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Energy Sustainability | A Systemic Approach

As per the World Resource Institute, India is the world’s fourth-largest energy consumer and will likely overtake China in the next decade as the primary source of growth in global energy demand. Energy sustainability, therefore, should be and is a top priority for India.  This paper aims to lay down a systematic approach to energy efficiency related aspects of energy sustainability that any organization could adopt.

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Recorded Webinar | Significance and Nexus of Leadership and Risk-Based Thinking in Quality Management

The current version of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) Standard has further increased its focus on the customer by mandating top management to be actively involved in steering the QMS to align with the organisation’s strategic direction. Top management is also responsible for promoting buy-in of quality practices and communicating the importance of the QMS and how it meets customer and regulatory requirements.

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Recorded Webinar | New Standards Summary; ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015

With the publication of ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 those involved with the implementation of the new standards are now starting to plan and prepare for their transition journey. Client feedback has told us that there is an integral need for a basic understanding on the new Annex SL structure and the major changes ahead for all organisations and their management system teams.

No matter what your role or responsibility in implementing the new standards a great starting place for all those involved is LRQA’s New Standards Webinar is a quick, top-level overview of the main changes to the standards and areas that require focus.

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ISO 50001:2018 Overview

With the introduction of the Annex SL structure, the new version of ISO 50001 aims to incorporate energy management into the strategic directive of the organisation.

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ISO 50001:2018 Implementation Guide

Guidance for those intending to implement an Energy Management System (EMS) and undergo certification to ISO 50001:2018.

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ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis

LRQA can support you with a range of on-site assessment based services to help you and your organisation plan for the transition to ISO 14001:2015.

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Self Assessments

Energy Efficiency Self Assessment

Assess your organization's position in its way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions within their operations and buildings

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Energy Sustainability Self Assessment

The following questionnaire could be used to assess current level of readiness of an organization in a journey towards energy sustainability.

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