The International Carbon Registry (ICR) is an international voluntary GHG program, which offers registration of Climate Projects and issuances of high-quality carbon credits generated by such projects. Further transfers of such credits and retirement for offsetting emissions.
Our mission is to provide a robust set of requirements based on principles from early climate action initiatives, a platform for facilitating the financing of climate actions while promoting responsible offsetting practices with transparency and prevention of double accounting. With our mission, the ICR contributes to the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Trustworthy – we strive to be consistent and transparent in our work and in all aspects honor the trust placed in us by those who choose the ICR for registration of their climate projects and for financing climate actions.
Effective – we are committed to making all our processes as effective as possible in order to allow our partners to focus on bringing their projects to life while safeguarding the reliability of registered projects and their methodologies with the issuance of high-quality carbon credits.
Innovative – our aim is to serve our customers in the best possible way by exploring and constantly adapting to new technology and regulations.
Founder and CEO
Guðmundur is the founder of the International Carbon Registry with a background in environmental and civil engineering and risk management from the University of Iceland and Lund University in Sweden. Guðmundur was the founder of the accredited certification body iCert. Before, he was a director at the Central bank of Iceland. Guðmundur has thus extensive experience from the financial sector and certification activities.
Since carbon offsetting became a trend in Iceland, Guðmundur has promoted responsible carbon offsetting with transparency in the forefront and implementing market mechanisms for both organizations offsetting their emissions and climate projects providing offsets. To promote this, iCert published standardized guidelines on carbon offsetting for organizations based on international trends. For this ecosystem to thrive, necessary infrastructures were needed to support climate projects of any size and promote innovation. With the International Carbon Registry establishment, the ecosystem is created, facilitating climate actions for Icelandic organizations and worldwide.
Guðmundur has been involved in climate actions as he has been in collaboration with domestic and international organizations. Both climate projects and actors promoting transparent practices of carbon markets and facilitating financing.
Board of Directors
Daníel F. Jónsson (Chair)
With an extensive background in the IT industry, Daniel is the CEO and co-founder of GreenBlocks. A company focused on mining Bitcoin on 100% renewable energy and enabling power producers to fully utilize and monetize their production capacity. Daniel has been heavily involved in the cryptocurrency mining industry since 2017 and is a member of the board of the Icelandic Blockchain Foundation.
Gunnar S. Magnússon
Gunnar is a Partner at EY and Head of the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team in Iceland. Gunnar has experience in the financial sector, having been the Sustainability Manager for Íslandsbanki in Iceland while also working for the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC and the European Commission in Brussels. Gunnar has a MSc degree in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics, is a certified stockbroker/financial advisor, and is a former board member at Festa, Icelandic Center for Sustainability.
Kristján Ingi Mikaelsson
Kristján is an angel investor and rigorous problem solver. Over his professional career, Kristján has founded multiple non-profits, focusing on strengthening democracy, reducing carbon footprint, and making public data more transparent and traceable. He currently leads the largest developer community in Iceland and is a co-founder of a local grant fund for local technology initiatives. Kristjan is a sought-after speaker on various topics while focusing on effective altruism and blockchains.
Ragnar Þór Valgeirsson
Ragnar is a Partner at Aranja, a lead developer, and a board member at Hopp. With a Computer Science degree, and an extensive background in the field of software engineering, Ragnar has built complex and durable software solutions for companies including Google, Panasonic, and Facebook. In his free time, Ragnar advocates for tech innovation, cruelty-free, carbon-neutral food alternatives, and disability rights.
Róbert H. Helgason
A computer science major with extensive experience in finance. Diverse background from software development & entrepreneurship, banking, asset management, special prosecutor’s office, to capital control liberalization with the Central Bank of Iceland.