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As the nature-based market has grown exponentially in recent years, we offer investors a unique opportunity to tap into it. DGB Group's green bonds are the perfect combination of smart investing and meaningful impact.

Large-scale carbon market

Nature capital

The world is in the midst of a green transition with global commitments towards a low-carbon economy. The net-zero goals of the UN Paris Agreement create a high demand for carbon credits, and large-scale environmental projects are needed to meet this demand. As a developer of nature-based solutions and large-scale impactful nature-restoration projects, DGB is perfectly positioned for significant growth.

DGB manages multiple projects and is conducting feasibility studies on many more. We have a robust pipeline of Verified Emission Reduction (VER) credits in development, with additional scaling possible in all existing afforestation and reforestation operations.

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Let’s have a look at the numbers

1/3

of the world’s forests have already been destroyed

±60%

of tropical forests are degraded due to logging and product production

10 mil

hectares of forests are deforested annually (equal to the size of Portugal)

15%

of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are caused by deforestation

2.4+ bil

people use wood-based energy for cooking

Investing in the environment

How do green bonds work?

Green bonds work like traditional bonds. The significant difference: The funds obtained via green bonds must go to environmental projects. It can be afforestation, reforestation, ecosystem restoration, or sustainable agriculture projects.

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Developing our own impactful projects

What makes our green bonds special?

Our methodology-driven and transparent business model gives us a competitive advantage. It allows our investors to participate in a market estimated to reach $7 trillion a year. We are a publicly traded purpose company focused on nature restoration. In simple terms: We do purpose-driven work but operate as a business. This is the best approach to conserving nature while providing vast investment opportunities.

DGB directly develops and manages verified nature-based projects. We have teams and partners working boots-on-the-ground at project sites. As a result, we originate top-quality carbon and biodiversity credits that meet leading industry standards.

With our transparent and high-integrity model, businesses can give back to nature, and investors can reap the rewards by restoring nature and empowering communities.

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Financial gains with a positive impact

Our 8% Green Bond: benefits you, communities, and wildlife

DGB issues a bond that allows investors to invest in a sustainable and circular economy. With your financing, you provide DGB with additional capital to scale the development of our high-quality project pipeline and to further develop our current nature-based projects. These projects will generate a return in the form of carbon and biodiversity credits. With DGB’s 8% annual return on green bonds, we prove that a healthy return on investment can be achieved in the carbon market. By investing in DGB, you proactively help support sustainability and environmental projects worldwide whilst growing and diversifying your portfolio.

build a carbon-efficient portfolio

A sustainable and diversified portfolio

Diversify your portfolio with high-yield and long-term returns in a fast-growing carbon market.

Social impact with financial returns

Your investments will directly empower and support local communities and help protect vital habitats.

Social and financial investments

How are our projects verified?

Our projects are thoroughly planned and verified long before planting the first tree. We follow strict methodologies and project design standards. DGB’s carbon and biodiversity credits are validated and verified by third-party verification bodies using leading standards such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) or the Gold Standard. Our team ensures that the project matches these standards at multiple stages, from the feasibility stage to the sale of carbon credits.

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An exceptional choice for the planet and your portfolio

Transforming investments into environmental change

"Our vision is to be a leading high-impact investor in nature-based solutions. We do it by offering our shareholders a competitive return on investment combined with a positive social impact. Investing in nature is an attractive alternative to traditional investment, as nature-based markets are growing rapidly. Therefore, more and more investors are choosing to diversify their portfolios via green bonds, where they can make healthy returns and invest with their values in mind."

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Selwyn Duijvestijn
Chief Executive Officer

“Carbon credits have been one of the best-performing commodities over the past five years. European carbon prices hit an all-time high of over €100 in February 2023. Many believe that prices could go even higher. As the benefits of green investments are recognised, returns from nature-based solutions will likely outperform traditional ones. Nature-based solutions diversify an investment portfolio and provide exposure to forestry and underlying growth opportunities for land value."

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Thomas Donia
Director of Operations

Invest in nature, invest with us

Join us in our mission to conserve and protect nature

DGB is the world's first publicly traded, purpose-driven company. We believe that the best way to achieve our mission to make nature flourish is through nature-based solutions. We also understand that empowering local communities and working alongside them is crucial to ensure our projects' longevity and scale.

Our global projects

31.2+

million trees being planted

250,000

hectares of country scouted

60+

million tonnes of CO₂ to be captured

600+

jobs to be created

300,000

efficient cookstoves to be distributed

Investing in sustainability with an 8% return

Find out more about our green bonds or upcoming bond issues—bonds with responsible impact and sustainable returns

Frequently asked questions

What exactly is CO₂ offsetting?

Individuals and companies worldwide are recognising the importance of reducing their carbon emissions. As a result, many are reducing their carbon footprint through energy efficiency and other measures. However, it is impossible to achieve net zero by only reducing your carbon footprint.

There is a need for a flexible and scalable mechanism to achieve these ambitious goals. This is where carbon dioxide (CO2) offsetting comes in. It is a way to give back to nature. Carbon credits allow entities to neutralise their emissions through nature-based solutions. It can be focused around reforestation, afforestation, ecosystem restoration, and other projects that directly affect nature, communities, and wildlife.

Companies and individuals are keen to contribute to the environment. Carbon and biodiversity credits help individuals and companies turn their values into a tangible action plan and give back to nature at scale.

While there is interest from a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) point of view in contributing to nature conservation, this interest has increased over the past years due to the need to reduce and offset carbon emissions. CO2 offsetting is done either on a mandatory or voluntary basis for CSR and public relations.

How does DGB Group verify its carbon credits?

DGB Group verifies its carbon dioxide (CO2) compensation according to Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) methods. The VCS programme is the world's most widely used voluntary carbon-offset programme. Nearly 1,700 certified VCS projects have collectively reduced or removed more than 630 million tonnes of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. 

Projects developed under the VCS programme must pass a rigorous review process to be certified. VCS projects cover many sectors, including renewable energy, such as wind and hydropower projects, forestry, deforestation prevention, and others. 

The VCS standard specifies the rules and requirements that all projects must meet to be certified. In addition, all VCS projects are subject to desk and field audits by qualified independent third parties and Verra personnel to ensure standards are met and methodologies are correctly applied.

Projects are assessed against a technically sound greenhouse gas emission reduction quantification method specific to that project type.

We also very certain projects according to the Gold Standard, ensuring the project is executed with the highest standards. This guarantees that the project is transparent and verifiable, demonstrates real outcomes, and has positive social and environmental impacts.

How does DGB Group ensure that a project has an impact?

We check all our projects for additionality, sustainability, and non-leakage.

  • Additionality: Additionality requires the forest project to sequester more carbon dioxide (CO2) than in a 'business as usual' scenario. The project must demonstrate that the carbon sequestration would not have happened without the development of the specific offsetting project.

  • Sustainability: Sustainability requires that greenhouse gas (GHG) removal improvements be maintained for up to 100 years. To demonstrate sustainability, each project must undergo external verification of inventory reports and a site visit every six years during the project life (±25 years).

  • Non-leakage: Leakage from carbon offset projects occurs when the reduction of GHGs in one area results in an unintended increase in GHG emissions in another location. Project managers must demonstrate that their project does not cause excessive leakage, essentially wiping out the increase in GHG removal from their project.

What is voluntary CO₂ offsetting?

The voluntary markets are the general name for all voluntary verified carbon emission reduction offsets. The main objective for acquiring Verified Emission Reduction (VER) credits is to neutralise your carbon footprint, mainly motivated by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and public relations.

The Voluntary Carbon Market allows private investors, governments, non-governmental organisations, and businesses to purchase carbon credits to offset their hard-to-abate emissions voluntarily. Companies can purchase carbon offsets from verified suppliers to neutralise their environmental impact.

What do analysts say about the future size of the voluntary carbon market?

As efforts increase to make the global economy carbon neutral, the demand for voluntary carbon offsets could continue to rise. Based on the stated demand for carbon credits and demand forecasts from experts researched by the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM), McKinsey & Company estimates that the annual global demand for carbon credits could reach as much as 1.5 to 2.0 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtCO2) in 2030 and 7 to 13 GtCO2 in 2050.

Depending on different price scenarios and their underlying drivers, the market size in 2030 could be between $5 billion and $30 billion on the low side and over $50 billion on the high side. while the primary market of the voluntary carbon offsetting market is expected to be worth up to €100 billion by 2030.

The TSVCM, sponsored by the Institute of International Finance (IIF), estimates that the demand for carbon credits could increase by a factor of 15 or more by 2030 and by a factor of 100 by 2050.

What is the price for CO₂ offsets on the voluntary CO₂ market?

The price of one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) differs per type of CO2 compensation and changes depending on the underlying projects. The most important factors in determining the price of a carbon credit are: 

  • Type of project (afforestation/reforestation, avoided conversion, or improved forest management).
  • Project vintage (the year of compensation).
  • Additionality (Additionality requires the forest project to sequester more CO2 than in a 'business as usual' scenario. The project must demonstrate that the CO2 sequestration would not have happened without the development of the specific offsetting project.) 
  • Project location.
  • Community aspects.
  • Biodiversity aspects.

The main difference is between avoidance-type offsets and removal-type offsets. Both offsets are essential for conservation. Avoidance offsets ensure the existence of more emission-efficient businesses. In contrast, removal offsets increase the Earth's storage capacity beyond our natural wild forests and gardens.

Which companies offset their CO₂ emissions through voluntary CO₂ credits?

We invite companies and organisations worldwide to take joint action in protecting and restoring nature, biodiversity, and ecosystems. We are confident that the highest impact is created only when we work together for a safe and healthy planet for generations to come. 

Below we've outlined some of the great case studies about companies compensating for their carbon emissions through the voluntary carbon market:

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