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About us

The Carbon Trust is an independent, expert partner of leading organisations around the world, helping them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Our mission is to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

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We believe in a future where economic prosperity and environmental sustainability go hand in hand

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Building a sustainable future

Until now, natural resources such as energy, materials, water and land have been abundant and cheap. As a result, today’s economy - from buildings and transport to food and clothing – is wasteful. The scarcity of resources, the impact of their use and the growth of emerging economies mean that the infrastructure, products and services of tomorrow will have to be radically different. The Carbon Trust works with organisations to address these challenges and deliver on our mission – to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy.


Who we work with

Our partners and clients are leaders in this transition – governments and multilateral organisations, businesses and the public sector. We act as a catalyst, working closely with them to help them succeed. Our experts listen closely to their needs, understand their challenges and create bespoke solutions, often acting as a critical friend. With over 16 years’ experience, we understand what does and doesn’t work and most importantly – why.


What we do

We cut through uncertainty to provide insights that support better, often bolder, decisions. We design and manage complex projects and collaborations that overcome financial and behavioural barriers to deliver real results. And, when the time comes to celebrate success, we recognise achievement through assurance and certification of the outcomes.

Our services


World-leading and trusted

Created in 2001, we have developed into a world-leading and trusted expert in low carbon issues and sustainable strategies. We offer more than 16 years of unparalleled experience in the low carbon sector.

We are impartial and, our clients and partners tell us, rigorous and innovative too. We understand the need for unique solutions, which is why we think global but act local. Every day we work with new technologies, markets and business models yet, in a sector where much is open to opinion, we make the case for change based on evidence and facts. And as an organisation committed to our mission, we reinvest any surplus from our activities.

Chantalle Thomson, the Carbon Trust

Our experts

All this needs great people and real expertise, fortunately we have both, with over 180 experts of 30 different nationalities, based in the UK, Europe, China, SE Asia, Mexico, Brazil, USA & South Africa. 

Our engineers, policy makers, financiers and entrepreneurs have experience from a wide range of sectors, and each is personally committed to delivering positive change to everyone we work with.


Our principles

Impact. We listen to our partners and clients and create solutions that meet their needs, drawing on our experience and know-how.

Resilience. In order to deliver our mission, grow, innovate and capture emerging opportunities we must be financially strong. Any surplus revenue is reinvested in our work.

Integrity. We insist on honesty, integrity and fairness in our work and expect the same from our partners, clients and contractors. The direct or indirect offer, payment, soliciting or acceptance of bribes in any form is unacceptable and we must avoid conflicts of interest.

Health, safety and the environment. We have a systematic approach to health, safety and environmental management. We work to have a positive impact on the environment and ensure the safety and well-being of our people.

People. We value diversity and provide an inclusive environment for our people. We recruit, reward and promote on merit and seek to develop skills and capabilities.

Learning. We learn from our experience, successes and failures, avoid blame and aim to continually improve.

Compliance. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which we operate and, where appropriate, go beyond compliance.

We are committed to continually improving our environmental performance, as set out in our Health, Safety and Environment Policy (PDF).

Carbon Trust experts

How we can help you

We offer a range of tailored services, designed to meet the needs of businesses, governments and the public sector:

  • We advise businesses, governments and the public sector on their opportunities in a sustainable, low carbon world
  • We design and manage multi-year, multi-stakeholder projects, often in collaboration with expert partners, that overcome financial, behavioural and structural barriers to deliver real results
  • We provide independent assurance and certification services that recognise real achievements in sustainability.

Annual Reports

We support the UN Global Compact

The Carbon Trust is proud to support the United Nations Global Compact

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

The Carbon Trust supports the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

UK Green Building Council

Member of the UK Green Building Council

The Carbon Trust, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (number 04190230). Registered at 4th Floor, Dorset House, 27-45 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NT. VAT reference 868049388.

The following are Carbon Trust subsidiary companies, all of whom have the same registered office as the Carbon Trust:

Carbon Trust Advisory Limited (06274284)
Carbon Trust Assurance Limited (06547658)
Carbon Trust Enterprises Limited (05113991)
Carbon Trust International Limited (07008522)
Carbon Trust Investments Limited (04649291)
Carbon Trust Ventures Limited (8721467)

The following are overseas subsidiaries of the Carbon Trust:

Carbon Trust (Beijing) Consulting Limited
Carbon Trust Africa (Pty) Limited
Carbon Trust Europe B.V
Carbon Trust Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
Carbon Trust Singapore Pte. Ltd

The Carbon Trust and Carbon Trust Ventures Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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