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Department of Computer Science and Technology


The new Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C) – jointly based here and in the Conservation Research Institute – brings together computer scientists and conservation scientists to support global reforestation efforts by improving the way carbon credits are measured, reported and verified.

It has two primary goals:

  • to support students and researchers in the relevant areas of computer science, environmental science and economics

  • to create digital tools and a trusted, decentralised marketplace to help purchasers of carbon credits to confidently fund trusted nature-based projects.

The Global Challenge

The world is facing simultaneous biodiversity and climate crises. Pressure is mounting from governments and the general public to rapidly roll out a global programme of well-executed nature-based solutions to sequester several giga-tons of carbon each year and protect biodiversity.

Over 100 world leaders at COP26 pledged to end deforestation by 2030. The urgent challenge is figuring out how to verify that deforestation solutions are working, and tracking the associated carbon credits used to offset necessary emissions.

The Approach

The Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C) is creating digital tools and a trusted decentralized platform to help purchasers of carbon credits confidently and directly fund trusted deforestation avoidance projects, bringing together corporate funders and conservationists via automated and transparent smart contracting tools.
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4C also supports students and faculty members conducting foundational research in the relevant areas of computer science, environmental science, and economics.
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