Use of funds

Measurable climate protection – How are contributions to climate protection used?

Contributions to climate protection only have an impact if the funds actually benefit projects directly. As a charitable foundation, myclimate guarantees that at least 80 per cent of contributions to climate protection finance projects. The remaining 20 per cent is used by the charitable foundation to cover operating and internal costs of the foundation.

Only projects that meet the globally recognised, highest standards can successfully help protect the climate. So myclimate draws on the strictest, most independent quality standards, like Gold Standard in the energy sector as well as Plan Vivo and VCS (incl. CCB and/or SD-VISta) in land usage, when selecting and structuring its own climate protection projects. The foundation works closely with experienced and independent partners in the respective countries to implement climate protection projects. These local partners make sure that local projects are realised professionally, and they also regularly review the projects’ impact. In addition, climate protection projects undergo an annual review by another independent, external body. 

High-quality climate protection projects – What projects does myclimate support?

myclimate supports projects that use renewable energies, realise energy-efficiency measures or cut methane emissions, as well as reforestation and new forest initiatives or renaturation of moorland, which reduce the pressure on forests and biodiversity “hot spots”. Climate protection projects result in lower CO₂ emissions whilst contributing significantly to sustainable development in the region, and thus benefit people and nature directly. myclimate demonstrates this transparently for each individual project using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The myclimate projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America are VER projects (VERs are Verified Emission Reductions) for voluntary financial contributions to climate protection. All energy-​related climate protection projects are tested against Gold Standard criteria. The myclimate projects in the land usage segment meet either the guidelines of Plan Vivo – the most well-known and proficient standards in this field – or the guidelines of VCS, if they are additionally verified with the CCB (Climate, Community & Biodiversity) and/or SD-VISta standard (Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard). 

In addition, the projects are complemented by our own strict due diligence, and their selection is based on myclimate’s own stringent criteria. 

Process – What happens to the money?

myclimate supports climate protection projects on a service-​specific basis. Only emissions reductions that have actually been realised and can be proven over a longer contract term of 7 to 14 years are accounted for in energy projects. Contributions to climate protection are generally paid out to the projects after the services have been rendered. The actual contribution amount depends on the volume of climate-​impacting emissions saved. Land usage projects (forest, moorland, agriculture) are slightly different in that their timelines naturally stretch over a longer span of 30 to 50 years. 

myclimate guarantees its customers that emission reductions achieved through energy projects will be realised at the latest within two years in climate protection projects and will be retired after a maximum of three years. Carbon storage in forests occurs within 10 to 30 years, depending on the project region and tree species. There are comprehensive, special mechanisms in place to monitor the reductions achieved in forestry. 

Costs – How much does a tonne of CO₂ cost?

Through contributions to climate protection, myclimate finances the additional costs that are incurred, for example, by the use of renewable energy sources compared to fossil fuels. Without these external funds for these additional costs, the projects could not be implemented effectively. This price depends on the size of the project, the technology used and the country in which the project is carried out. myclimate offers the opportunity to make a climate protection contribution in two project portfolios with average prices in selected specific projects:

  • International projects: The contribution finances myclimate climate protection projects in in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The projects meet the highest standards, such as the Gold Standard in the field of energy, or Plan Vivo or VCS in the area of land usage, and contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). myclimate projects not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also contribute to the social, ecological and economic development of the region.  
  • Swiss projects: at least half of the contributions finance Swiss climate protection projects (according to FOEN, SFOE or CH VER guidelines). The remaining portion is used to finance projects in developing and emerging countries.
  • For corporate customers with larger financial volumes, myclimate offers high-end projects specifically tailored to the customer’s needs. These customers can also work with the foundation to develop a climate protection project.  

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Florian Goppel

Director Carbon Markets, Co-Executive Director Foundation myclimate

+41 44 500 43 50

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