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DGB solves the very practical and real challenges of man’s symbiosis and relationship with trees to harness free market forces and the access to capital needed to rapidly accelerate the reforestation of earth. A listed company with lots of forest as assets is the best way to make an economically viable solution so that people can join together to save the planet.

Do you have a question regarding our purpose or products? Check the frequently asked questions below.

How can I reach you? You can send us an email at info@dgb.earth or give us a call at +31(0)20 8080 825 (Dutch) or +44(0)20 8064 0936 (English).
How can I buy shares in DGB?

Dutch Green Business Group N.V. is a publicly traded for-profit purpose company traded on the main Dutch stock exchange Euronext Amsterdam under the ticker symbol AEX:DGB and ISIN-code NL0009169515.

Investing in nature based solutions is more than a philanthropic mission: It makes business sense. The immense scale of global reforestation that needs to be undertaken in the coming years is almost unimaginable but it represents an exciting opportunity for the capital markets

What are carbon credits and how do they work?

Companies and individuals can account for their unavoidable emissions by buying carbon credits from certified activities that support community development, protect ecosystems or install efficient technology to reduce or remove emissions from the atmosphere.

Carbon credits are measurable, verifiable emission reductions from certified environmental action projects. These projects reduce, remove or avoid air pollution. They also bring a whole host of other positive benefits, for example, they empower communities, protect ecosystems or restore forests.

Projects must adhere to a rigorous set of criteria to pass verification by third-party agencies and a review by a panel of experts at a leading carbon offset standard like Verra or Gold Standard.

After an organization or an individual buys a carbon credit, the credit is permanently retired so it can't be reused.

What makes a good environmental action project?

The key is in the detail.

High-quality carbon credits adhere to a strict set of standards. You can check this by ensuring the projects you invest in are registered with a third-party internationally-recognised verification standard, such as the Gold Standard, Verra's Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Social Carbon and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS), or standards verified by the UNFCCC.

These standards also highlight additional benefits beyond carbon – all DGB projects contribute to at least 3 of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. This could be improving health, creating better education opportunities, improving wildlife conservation or even building sustainable communities.

How do I know that the emission reductions are actually happening?

The ICROA-approved verification standards all DGB-related projects adhere to ensure that the project is real, verified, permanent and of course additional.

For transparency, carbon credits are assigned serial numbers and are issued, transferred and permanently retired in publicly accessible emission registries.

What does additionality mean?

This can often be the trickiest part of carbon offsetting to understand, but theoretically it's simple.

Additionality means that the reductions in emissions achieved by the project must be “above business as usual" - they would not have happened unless the project was implemented.

It also means that the project would not be viable without the revenue from carbon credits. Therefore the sale of carbon credits provides vital revenue to restore nature.

Does it matter where in the world the project is located?

Rising CO2 levels is an international problem; So, it does not matter where the project you are buying carbon credits from is located.

Many of our projects operate in less economically developed countries, as there we are often able to create a bigger impact for the local community thanks to co-benefits and extra activities.

For example, the Kariba project achieves its primary aim of protecting a vast expanse of forest on the shores of Lake Kariba through improving local livelihoods with training opportunities, alternative income streams and access to safe water and healthcare.

Why do prices of carbon credits vary?

There are a number of reasons prices of carbon credits vary, for instance: the value projects deliver beyond carbon, for example some projects empower women or have direct impacts on people's lives; varying implementation costs depending on the size and location of a project; similarly some types of technology are more expensive than others; finally, domestic carbon pricing regulations can affect prices in the voluntary carbon markets too; finally, prices are driven to a large extent by supply and demand.

The price of carbon credits is a vital factor in how successful projects are; projects depend on climate finance to be established, continue to operate and deliver meaningful impacts.

Why invest in restoring nature?

We need to act now, with all the solutions available to us. 

Beyond the moral drivers, it is becoming an imperative for businesses to take action in order to continue their operations, for example building resilient supply chains and mitigating financial risks. Moving capital towards nature based solutions opens the door to many opportunities and can be a long-term growth driver.

Spurred by demand from customers and pressure from their own employees, more than 170 companies to date have pledged to become carbon-neutral 2050, if not sooner.

These private companies join 77 countries — such as, the United Kingdom, the Marshall Islands, Costa Rica, Sweden — who have a plan to reforest and restore nature.

What impact does buying carbon offsets have?

Every carbon credit bought and traded affects the community in some way whether that is local empowerment through job creation or providing the funding for further planting and nature protection and conservation.

What is DGB’s mission and purpose?

The scale of global reforestation and nature conservation that needs to be undertaken in the coming years is almost unimaginable but it represents an exciting opportunity for the capital markets and for private individuals. 

Our mission is empowering and connecting organizations under the goal of reforesting the world by protecting and restoring the earth’s forest. This will enable the restoration of natural ecosystems globally. Through our efforts we will offer carbon offsetting services through reforestation and therefore create a healthier future for ourselves and the generations to come.

What does DGB stand for?

We are an international purpose-driven company that is passionate about nature, the countryside, animals, caring for people and our environment. We re-purposed DGB Group in February 2021 based on the belief that reforestation, afforestation, rainforest protection and regenerative farming projects need to be supported and developed to help protect life on the planet while bringing opportunity and security to rural communities.

DGB has been designed as a carbon farming company, creating, producing and developing carbon offsets and a listed conservative land bank that will accumulate land assets that retain long term balance sheet value.  This will continue after the initial rainforest acquisition, through ongoing project finance. 

Part of our value to the public is to protect and act as guardians to the rainforests and to conserve nature.  The land values acquired and accumulated will stay on the balance sheet and will assist with market liquidity and perception of value.

What is DGB’s history?

Founded in 1957 and with a rich history, DGB is now an innovative environmental services company listed on the main market of NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, that specialises in developing and aggregating nature based solutions throughout the planet. We are committed to the long-term goal of increasing carbon sequestration in vegetation and soil to reduce net carbon emissions. 

Our vision is to be a leading high-impact investor in sustainably managed forest by providing competitive real investment returns for our shareholders combined with high social impact. We plan to reforest the world’s land at scale and bring back nature where it cannot come back unaided.

For a successful outcome in reforestation of the planet it requires a commercial company driven by purpose with significant on-the-ground organizational capabilities along with local partners and trained and informed project managers. 

DGB provides nature based solutions that facilitate profitable and sustainable (agro)forestry. Our shareholders should be able to get as much out of their investment as possible, regardless of whether this is a matter of growth, financial returns, natural values or handing over flourishing forests to the next generation.

Our strength lies in the fact that we are organized, efficient and can economically speed up the reforestation and ecosystem processes.