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Unlocking the potential of carbon projects with government support

Governments play a crucial role in promoting the growth and success of carbon projects. They help drive sustainable development and environmental protection and support tree-integration opportunities that provide income for farmers and landowners.

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The role of government

Governments play a crucial role in carbon projects, providing vital support and incentives to help drive their development and implementation. By investing in carbon projects, governments can help offset their own emissions, promote sustainable development in the region, and encourage the growth of clean energy and other environmentally friendly industries.

In addition to investing in carbon projects, governments can provide regulatory frameworks and guidelines that help ensure the success of carbon projects. This includes providing clear guidelines for the development and implementation of carbon projects, as well as establishing policies that promote the growth of clean energy and other environmentally friendly industries.

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A crucial stakeholder 

Why we work with governments

Including governments in our carbon project process has many benefits. Governments can help ensure the success of carbon projects and promote sustainability. They also assist with other stakeholder engagement, such as local communities, landowners, and regulators. Whether through investment, regulatory support, or other initiatives, governments have a critical role to play in the growth and success of carbon projects and the protection of our planet's natural resources

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The many benefits of carbon projects

Carbon projects: supporting nature and the community 

Carbon projects have many benefits for nature and local communities. They help regenerate biodiversity, restore ecosystems and vital habitats, stabilise the soil, increase water security by increasing water retention, and they capture carbon from the atmosphere, storing it in the soil and vegetation. Carbon projects integrate trees into land management that offer new income opportunities for farmers and landowners. They can also create jobs and spur economic growth in the region, helping build a more sustainable and prosperous future for local communities.

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Working together towards a better future 

Global commitment: government support needed for carbon projects

The role of governments in carbon projects is essential in promoting their growth and success while helping address the challenge of biodiversity loss. Governments can also use carbon projects to improve the livelihoods of local communities through the income generated by such projects, along with the various social programmes offered by these projects, such as training. By working with DGB and other stakeholders, governments can help build a more sustainable and prosperous future for their people.

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Rewarding, sustainable projects

How do carbon projects generate income?

Carbon projects capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The amount of CO2 captured is then verified and sold through carbon credits.


Feasibility study

Our expert team of ecologists and biologists run a feasibility study on the land.


Project design

Project managers design the project and set up timelines for implementation.



The project is verified by an independent verification body. 


Credits sold

The carbon offsets created by the project can be sold as carbon credits, generating an income.

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An exceptional choice for the planet and your portfolio

Transforming investments into environmental change

"We know the vital role of farmers and understand that they have limited capacity to navigate this new journey alone. Our main goal is to provide developing and sustainable incomes for the future. We do this by creating an additional income stream for the farmer, whereby most of the carbon income is allocated directly to the farmer, while the soil becomes healthier thanks to the analysis and innovative practices of our world-class experts. Basically, we streamline the entire process for sustainable income so that farmers can focus on what they're good at: farming."

Selwyn Duijvestijn
Chief Executive Officer

"In return for wildlife-friendly land management, you can obtain long-term guaranteed incomes as a landowner where management and costs are defined by you. Your land's ownership is untouched. In addition to the established management plan, there are no statutory designations or access requirements. Farmers and landowners can participate in carbon offsetting by capturing and storing emissions. Farmers and landowners can start earning sustainable, practical incomes with DGB, the biggest project developer in the Netherlands."

Nicholas Wall
Project Ecologist

Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements for lands?

We support all farmers who are willing to adopt more sustainable farming methods. We provide value for every farmer. Just show us the land, and we'll come up with ways to help you. DGB will partner with you to adopt good practices for your farm and help you get paid for the credits you generate. Examples include adding cover crops, reducing tillage, and other methods that benefit your soil and bottom line as well as our planet. Through DGB, the increased soil carbon sequestration and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from these practices generate registry-issued carbon credits, which are increasingly in demand by major corporations. 

What are the farmer's responsibilities?

DGB covers credit verification and soil sampling costs, and we act as your committed partner in actively working to connect with buyers and sell credits at premium market prices. Our expert team will support your carbon journey with five-year contracts and tailor-made agronomic support. Together, we'll get the most value from carbon farming long-term, both from carbon credit income and soil health improvements. So basically, farmers do the farming and we handle the rest.

How much can farmer get paid?

Prices vary based on farm location and size. However, growers are always guaranteed a minimum payment per carbon credit. Please contact us and tell us what you have available, and we'll create a tailor-made offer for the farm

What does it take to apply and start a project?

Just give us your coordinates, and we'll take care of the rest. We do not require upfront fees or acreage minimums to participate. Cutting-edge technology, a data-driven approach, and third-party verification ensure that DGB can rapidly start and accelerate projects.

How do farmers store carbon in soil?

As plants in the field grow, they naturally absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil through their roots. The amount of carbon stored can depending on the soil type of the land and the climate in which it is located.

What happens if there is too much carbon in the soil?

The amount of organic carbon stored in the soil is the sum of the inputs to the soil (plant and animal remains) and the losses from the soil (decomposition, erosion and uptake in plant and animal production). If too much carbon is formed in the soil, this can reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide and improve soil quality.

Who is selling carbon credits?

All farmers and landowners can sell carbon credits. Landowners are eligible to receive carbon credits at a rate of one per tonne of CO2 to landowners. DGB helps landowners understand how much carbon their land can sequester each year.

How much does it cost to run a carbon farm?

It will require some upfront investment and can result in a temporary reduction in productivity. However, after two years, you will earn more as an organic farmer and receive income from carbon credits.

How much is a carbon credit worth today?

Prices for carbon credits vary continuously and depend on many factors. As of September 2021, a carbon credit trades for around $16 per metric ton of carbon dioxide stored.  It’s important to note that as more businesses adopt net-zero goals, the price of carbon offsets is expected to surge in the coming years. In fact, several recent studies predict that carbon credit prices will increase by ten-fold by in the next decade, and likely more.  To put things into perspective: A landowner’s farm or ranch land can absorb between 0.5 and >5 tonnes/ac/yr depending on location, soil type, and the tree canopy. This means the possibility to make as much as $1,000,000 per year on one thousand acres of land by 2030. Remember, though, that there's always a premium for custom projects like ours. This link lets you see the current carbon credit prices in real time.

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