Natural Climate Solutions Alliance

Natural Climate Solutions

The use of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) carbon credits as part of a robust climate strategy can help corporates meet their corporate climate commitments and steer a pathway towards net zero whilst also channelling much needed investment into nature. Yet corporates require guidance on how they credibly do so and deliver a win-win-win outcome for climate, biodiversity and people.

Natural Climate Solutions for Corporates

Natural Climate Solutions for Corporates, published by the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance (NCS Alliance), provides a high-level guide to the credible use of NCS credits by corporates. Developed with expert input from NCS Alliance member organizations, Natural Climate Solutions for Corporates provides guidance on:

  • Demand-side eligibility
  • How companies can incorporate and use NCS credits as part of a robust corporate climate change strategy

  • NCS Supply
  • Defining high-quality NCS credits and the programs the issue them, allowing purchasers to assess and support the best suppliers;

  • Markets & Policy
  • Principles to ensure NCS carbon markets are developed with environmental integrity

  • Communicating climate strategies that include NCS

Not only do NCS have the potential to address the driving cause of the climate crisis, they also carry the potential to build resilient and biodiverse ecosystems for generations to come.


Published: 15 July 2021

Contact: To find out more about this guidance please write to the NCS Alliance Secretariat

This publication was made possible with generous funding support from the We Mean Business Coalition

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Investing in a Nature-positive, Net-zero and Equitable Global Economy


Nature is the foundation of our economy. Over half the world’s GDP - $44 trillion – is moderately or highly dependent on nature and its services. But today, we are facing intertwined crises: climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, food security and social inequality. To solve any one of them, we need solutions that address all of them.

This CEO briefing launched by Business for Nature, We Mean Business Coalition, WBCSD and the World Economic Forum outlines how businesses can break the siloes, and how they can lead the transition to a nature-positive, net-zero and equitable future

Nature and Net Zero


Natural climate solutions (NCS) play a critical role in supporting the future of both climate and nature. Research conducted for this consultation report confirms estimates that NCS can provide one-third (close to 7 Gt CO2) of the climate mitigation to reach a 1.5- or 2-degree pathway by 2030—and at a lower cost than other forms of carbon dioxide removal. Deployed in the right way, NCS can also produce high co-benefits that accrue to nature and to communities. Building off the recommendations from the Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, this report sets out six actions to accelerate the scale-up of high-quality NCS implementation and unlock markets through the combined efforts of business leaders, policymakers and civil society.


Published: 27 May 2021

In Collaboration with McKinsey & Company

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Accelerating business solutions for climate and nature – Report I: Mapping nature-based solutions and natural climate solutions


Nature-based solutions (NbS), can help to deliver up to 37% of solutions to achieve the Paris climate goal, as well as the potential to help address other societal challenges while being good for business and people. Yet, to scale up investment in Nature-based Solutions, business requires clarity on its scope and requirements.

This report aims to help remove the hurdles to nature-based solutions by clarifying definitions, while supporting the alignment of natural climate solutions (NCS) with nature-based solutions in order to accelerate investments at scale. In addition, the report helps business to navigate the nature and climate agenda by mapping the key initiatives, platforms and conventions for collective action.


Published: 7 Dec 2020


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