What Are Carbon Neutral Products And Services?
A major part of our personal carbon footprint is “hidden” in the products we consume. Carbon neutral products and services have had their embodied emissions eliminated through carbon reductions and the purchase of carbon offsets prior to purchase. One of the best ways for a consumer to reduce their carbon footprint is to purchase carbon neutral products and services.
Carbon Neutral Products and Services
Any business can offer carbon neutral products and services and operate in the Low Carbon Economy. Businesses that have been certified under the NoCO2 Certification Program can automatically supply carbon neutral products and services. For other businesses, we offer the Carbon Neutral Product and Carbon Neutral Service Certification Programs.
The first step to certifying a product or service as carbon neutral is to conduct a life cycle assessment. The life cycle assessment calculates the carbon footprint of the product or service throughout its useful life from manufacture, including all inputs, to transportation and usage through to disposal or cessation. A carbon neutral certification for the product or service is achieved by implementing carbon reduction strategies and purchasing carbon offsets for any remaining emissions.
Businesses that offer certified carbon neutral products and services position themselves to attract and retain consumers who want to reduce their impact on the climate. The Program logo alerts climate conscious consumers about the action your business has taken in offering carbon neutral products or services and provides them confidence that their purchasing decision will result in positive action in reducing carbon emissions.
Businesses can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of their supply chain by purchasing carbon neutral products and services. When accounting for their carbon footprint businesses do not need to include certified carbon neutral products and services in their carbon footprint analysis. Carbon neutral products and services can be accessed through the Low Carbon Economy.
Make it Carbon Neutral
Another option for businesses is to offer products and services as Make it Carbon Neutral. Customers are given the choice at the point of sale to pay a small additional sum to offset the emissions of the product or service they are purchasing. A lifecycle assessment needs to be completed before a product or service can be offered under the Make it Carbon Neutral logo.
Low Carbon Economy
The Low Carbon Economy helps businesses to reduce their carbon footprint by linking them with other climate conscious businesses also committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. It allows businesses to procure products and services that are carbon neutral.
Carbon neutral products and services purchased through the Low Carbon Economy do not need to be included in carbon footprint calculations for businesses. Examples of products and services that are available through the Low Carbon Economy include carbon neutral paper and NoCO2 Power.
Buy Green Products
NoCO2 certified businesses can offer carbon neutral products and services without any further assessment or accreditation. LowCO2 certified businesses can offer their customers the Make It Carbon Neutral option on their products and services. The Make it Carbon Neutral option allows customers to pay a small additional charge at the point of sale to fully offset emissions related to their purchase.
Businesses that are not accredited as NoCO2, including LowCO2 businesses, can offer carbon neutral products and services provided a life cycle assessment is completed on the product or service offered and all emissions are eliminated by implementing reduction strategies and offsetting any unavoidable emissions via the use of carbon credits. To access carbon neutral product and services visit our certified participants in the Low Carbon Economy.