Term Sheet includes US$3M Royalty in Four REDD+ Projects in the Brazilian Amazon
Carbon Streaming and Future Carbon also Partner to Advance the Development of the Bonobo Peace Forest Projects
TORONTO, ON, September 12, 2022, Carbon Streaming Corporation (NEO: NETZ) (OTCQB: OFSTF) (FSE: M2Q) (“Carbon Streaming” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusive term sheet (the “Term Sheet”) with Future Carbon Group (“FCG” or “Future Carbon”) covering four REDD+ projects in Brazil (“FCG Amazon Portfolio” or “Projects”). In connection with the Term Sheet, the Company has advanced Future Carbon US$3 million and entered into a royalty agreement (the “FCG Amazon Portfolio Royalty”) covering Future Carbon’s interest in the Projects.
- The Company made a payment of US$3.0 million on signing the Term Sheet in exchange for a 5% royalty on carbon credit revenues generated by Future Carbon from the Projects.
- Carbon credits will be generated from four REDD+ projects located throughout the Brazilian Amazon and registered with Verra, with SocialCARBON as the co-benefit standard.
- The Projects are in advanced stages of registration and verification with Verra, with first credits on some projects having been issued in the third quarter of 2022. Given the Projects’ locations and co-benefits, the credits are expected to command premium pricing. The Company expects to receive revenue from the FC Amazon Portfolio Royalty in 2023.
- As part of the long-term partnership with Future Carbon, Carbon Streaming expects the FCG Amazon Portfolio Royalty to be foundational for a stream agreement on the Projects in the near future.
- Carbon Streaming and Future Carbon have also agreed to partner in advancing the development of the Sankuru Nature Reserve and the Kokolopori Reserve carbon projects of the Bonobo Peace Forest (the “Bonobo Peace Forest Projects”) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (the “DRC“).
Carbon Streaming Founder and CEO Justin Cochrane stated: “It’s a great privilege to partner with Future Carbon, an organization with strong community connections and decades of technical expertise in carbon and forestry management. The Amazon and Congo rainforests are among the world’s largest carbon sinks and in desperate need of climate finance to prevent deforestation and limit carbon emissions. I am pleased we can accelerate the development of these projects in Brazil and the DRC together while exploring additional opportunities to direct capital to other critical carbon projects elsewhere in the world.”
Co-CEO of Future Carbon Marina Cançado added: “We are pleased to collaborate with the Carbon Streaming team developing crucial projects for the Amazon forest conservancy. The innovative financing from Carbon Streaming enables us to accelerate our growth in Brazil and internationally.”
Future Carbon Term Sheet and Royalty
The Term Sheet and FCG Amazon Portfolio Royalty covers four Projects located in the Amazon rainforest in the states of Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Pará and Rondônia, which are deemed at high risk of deforestation. Project activities will deliver multiple co-benefits to local communities while protecting forests and biodiversity. The Projects aim to reduce approximately 68.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (“tCO2e”) emissions over the 30-year lives of the Projects.
Under the terms of the FCG Amazon Portfolio Royalty, Carbon Streaming will receive 5% of the carbon credit revenues generated by Future Carbon from its interest in the Projects. Amounts under the FCG Amazon Portfolio Royalty are to be paid semi-annually for 30 years starting in the second half of 2023. The royalty payment provided by Carbon Streaming will be used by FCG to support further exploration and early-stage due diligence for additional carbon projects both in Brazil and internationally. Under the Term Sheet and as part of the long-term partnership with Future Carbon, the parties expect the FCG Amazon Portfolio Royalty to lay the foundation for a stream agreement on the Projects in the near future.
Bonobo Peace Forest
Future Carbon is also working with the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (“BCI”) team to advance the Bonobo Peace Forest Projects and filed draft project design documents with Verra in August 2022. The Company has entered into an amended and restated term sheet with BCI to advance an additional US$0.6 million to BCI and entered into a royalty agreement with BCI (the “Bonobo Peace Forest Royalty”). The additional funds will be used to continue to develop the Bonobo Peace Forest Projects.
Under the terms of the Bonobo Peace Forest Royalty, Carbon Streaming will receive 5% of revenue from carbon credit sales generated by the Bonobo Peace Forest Projects. Amounts under the Bonobo Peace Forest Royalty are to be paid quarterly for 30 years starting from date of the first royalty payment. Carbon Streaming expects the Bonobo Peace Forest Royalty to lay the foundation for a stream agreement on the Sankuru and Kokolopori carbon projects.
About Carbon Streaming
Carbon Streaming is an ESG principled company offering investors exposure to carbon credits, a key instrument used by both governments and corporations to achieve their carbon neutral and net-zero climate goals. Our business model is focused on acquiring, managing and growing a high-quality and diversified portfolio of investments in projects and/or companies that generate or are actively involved, directly or indirectly, with voluntary and/or compliance carbon credits.
The Company invests capital through carbon credit streaming arrangements with project developers and owners to accelerate the creation of carbon offset projects by bringing capital to projects that might not otherwise be developed. Many of these projects have significant social and economic co-benefits in addition to their carbon reduction or removal potential.
The Company has executed carbon credit streaming agreements related to over 10 projects around the globe, including nature-based, biochar, clean cookstove and water filtration projects.
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About Future Carbon Group
Future Carbon Group (FCG) is a climate business that develops carbon credit projects at scale through the combination of operational capacity, good governance, applied technology and innovative financing.
FCG is the largest generator of carbon projects in Brazil with 16 REDD+ projects focused on avoiding deforestation and conserving the Amazon forest and 16 renewable energy projects, which combined have generated more than 230 MtCO2e in emission reductions.
Founded in Brazil with global operations, Future Carbon International (FCI) is the international business division of Future Carbon Group and recognized as a major carbon project developer worldwide. Learn more at: https://www.futurecarbon.com.br/en/.
ON BEHALF OF THE COMPANY:
Justin Cochrane, Chief Executive Officer
Andrea Cheung, VP, Investor Relations
Amy Chambers, Director, Marketing, Communications & Sustainability
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This news release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively, “forward-looking information”) within the meaning of applicable securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including, without limitation, statements and figures with respect to the estimation of future carbon credit generation and emissions reductions from the FCG Amazon Portfolio; the ability for the FCG Amazon Portfolio and the Bonobo Peace Forest Projects to be independently verified by Verra; the expected benefits associated with the FCG Amazon Portfolio and the Bonobo Peace Forest Projects ; the use of proceeds from the term sheets; the generation of co-benefits from the Projects; the ability for the Company to enter into stream transactions with Future Carbon or BCI; the credits from the Projects to command premium pricing; timing of the receipt of revenue from the FC Amazon Portfolio Royalty; and statements with respect to execution of the Company’s portfolio and partnership strategy.
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