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How It Works



Is your forest eligible for carbon credits?

We use AI and remote sensing technology to evaluate your land remotely and estimate what you could earn from carbon credits. You will receive a full Land Assessment Report, completely free of charge.



Which areas do you want to register?

Every landowner is unique - and so is every block of land. We'll answer all your questions and help you understand the requirements of the relevant scheme(s) you're looking into.

You decide whether carbon farming is right for you, and if so, which areas to register.



We don't get paid unless you do.

We gather all the necessary evidence, land maps and carbon calculations to get you registered for the ETS and/or CarbonCrop Units.

Many landowners receive an initial payment of carbon credits, plus ongoing returns. A percentage of this goes to CarbonCrop.

How We Do It

CarbonCrop helps you understand your eligibility, taking care of the entire submission process and ongoing administrative tasks, helping landowners get paid for restoring forests.

We use AI and remote sensing technology to evaluate your land remotely and estimate what you could earn from carbon credits. You’ll receive as much information as possible so you can make the best decision for you and your land. 

Earning carbon credits doesn’t have to be complicated, or require upfront payment.
Our Solutions

Our Solutions


NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is New Zealand's main tool for actively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This is achieved through the awarding of carbon credits, with one credit representing one tonne of carbon - or equivalent greenhouse gases - removed from the atmosphere.

So where do you, as a landholder, come in? 

Landholders with eligible forests can register their forests for carbon credits, with yearly returns awarded for every tonne of carbon actively sequestered. Many farmers choose to diversify their income through carbon forestry as these credits provide an opportunity to open a new revenue stream, and help the planet.

 Sound too complicated? 

That's why we're here. 

CarbonCrop helps you understand your eligibility, completes all of the difficult tasks associated with registering your forest with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and provide ongoing support with ongoing admin tasks such as emission returns.

We want to help landholders get paid for more of their trees, and to support growing more forests, and better forests. 

ETS Forest

Forest Shape

Must be at least one hectare in total, and an average width of 30 metres. Must also maintain at least 30% canopy cover.

Tree Size

Your trees must reach 5 meters in height.

Eligible Species

Your forest must contain eligible tree species. To find out more on this check out our blog post.

Post 1989

Your forest must be established after 1 January 1990 to be entered into the ETS.

Find out if your forest is eligible for NZ ETS

Already registered in the ETS? Let us take care of your emissions returns.

We had bought a property in 2021 without the intention of applying for the ETS, but asked CarbonCrop to check out its possible eligibility. This was more out of intrigue rather than expectation of any positive outcome. To our surprise we were told that a significant proportion of the property could qualify for carbon credits and Kevin, with considerable patience and knowledge, guided us through the process.
He clearly explained the potential benefits and obligations that we would be committing to if the land was indeed eligible, helped us build the case and submitted the ETS application on our behalf. We would like to sincerely thank Kevin and CarbonCrop for their professionalism in helping us to navigate the complexities of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

- John, West Coast

CarbonCrop Units

Native CarbonCrop Units (Native CCU)

Native CarbonCrop Units are a way for farmers to be paid for more of their trees, including the ones excluded from the ETS.

If you have eligible native trees, you can still register your forests for carbon credits, with yearly returns awarded for every tonne of carbon actively sequestered.

What Makes a Native CarbonCrop Unit?

1 Tonne of CO2 as assessed by CarbonCrop's methodology.

Removed from the atmosphere within the last 5 years.

Regardless of the initial establishment date of that forest.

Durably stored in the growing biomass of regenerating native forest.

A binding obligation on the landholder to ensure CO2 stays sequestered for the next 100 years.

100% Native

We use AI to ensure Native CarbonCrop Units are only issued for qualifying carbon sequestration by native tree species.


If detected, exotic species are excluded from our carbon calculations, which discourages wilding pines and incentivises landholders to actively support and protect natives.


We use AI to analyse the species mix, height, density, and growth over time, based on decades of aerial imagery and satellite data.


This enables detailed models of carbon stock and carbon sequestration within an area of forest, down to a single square metre of land - so every unit is backed by real, precise carbon sequestration.


Each CCU comes with a location and a unique ID, which can be cross referenced against CarbonCrop’s systems to provide full details of the area of forest, so buyers can be confident in the origins of their offsets, and perform any necessary audits.

Is your forest eligible for Native CCU?

1. Located in New Zealand.

2. Comprised of qualifying woody native tree species

3. Permanent and not intended for harvesting

4. Actively growing and sequestering new carbon 

Find out if your forest is eligible for Native CCU

Understanding the economic potential of our native forest is vital to inform our future land use planning.

The process to issue Native CarbonCrop Units was quick, straightforward and has led to a tangible financial outcome, showing us that the station can generate new, conservation-related income streams alongside traditional farming.

- Richard & Sarah, Otago

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