LowCO2 Certification Standard
The LowCO2 Certification Standard is designed for businesses that want to implement and communicate a percentage reduction in their carbon footprint. The LowCO2 logo displays the percentage reduction so that consumers are aware of the emission reductions achieved by the business. LowCO2 Certification is achieved and maintained through an engineering audit and emissions monitoring plan.
LowCO2 Certification Program
Businesses that are aiming to reduce their footprint over time can be certified as LowCO2. Under the Program businesses set goals to reduce emissions and commit to purchase carbon offsets to achieve their stated CO2 reduction target. LowCO2 certification allows your business to communicate its’ success in achieving reductions in carbon emissions through a percentage displayed on the Program logo.
The first step to having your business certified as LowCO2 is to have a carbon emissions audit completed by CRI. The audit quantifies your total carbon footprint which becomes the baseline for setting emissions reduction targets. LowCO2 businesses set an objective of reducing their carbon footprint by a certain percentage from the baseline.
Businesses are audited measuring emissions that they have direct control over such as freight, electricity and vehicle use. The Program includes an ongoing emissions monitoring plan to ensure that certified businesses continue to meet their stated CO2 reduction targets.
LowCO2 businesses can participate in the Low Carbon Economy to further reduce their carbon footprint by purchasing carbon neutral products and services. The Low Carbon Economy is also a market for LowCO2 businesses to increase their sales.
Carbon Emissions Audit
A comprehensive emissions audit must be completed before any claim of carbon reduction is made. Our audit process quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions from scope 1 and scope 2 emissions sources, as well as emissions from waste and work related employee travel. The engineering audit quantifies the total emissions impact from these sources and forms a baseline which allows your business to choose its desired percentage of carbon footprint reduction.
For example, if the audit revealed a carbon footprint of 5000 tonnes of greenhouse gas, then setting a limit of 4000 tonnes would make the business 20% LowCO2. Similarly, if the business set a limit of 2500 tonnes, then the business would be 50% LowCO2.
The audit is completed in strict accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard which is the world’s most widely used and recognised greenhouse gas accounting tool. The chart below is adapted from the GHG Protocol and displays these emissions sources.