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Business Certification

The NoCO2 Program certification standards are outlined in the NoCO2 Program Guide, which we provide to our clients.  The guide outlines the steps to achieving certification for each standard which are summarised below.

 

NoCO2 Certification Standard

The NoCO2 certification standard is for organisations that want to become carbon neutral.  There are four steps that must be completed to achieve the NoCO2 certification standard.  They are:

  1. Complete a comprehensive carbon audit of your organisation auditing your scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 emissions.  This audit is completed in compliance ISO 14064
  2. Reduce emissions that are avoidable; where the cost to do so is less than the cost of offsetting
  3. Offset all remaining emissions through the purchase of carbon credits, and
  4. Enter into a Certification Agreement with the Carbon Reduction Institute.

Carbon credits must be purchased; and certification fees must be paid; quarterly in advance for certification to commence.

 

LowCO2 Certification Standard

The LowCO2 certification standard is for organisations that want to reduce their carbon emissions over time; setting annual CO2 reduction targets.

The five steps that must be completed to achieve the LowCO2 standard are:

  1. Complete a carbon audit of your organisation measuring emissions from scope 1, scope 2 and employee business travel and waste disposal from scope 3.  It covers all emissions under your operational control and is also ISO 14064 compliant
  2. Set targets for annual emissions reduction
  3. Implement emissions reduction strategies
  4. Offset all remaining emissions above the target level by purchasing carbon offsets, and
  5. Enter into a Certification Agreement with the Carbon Reduction Institute.

Carbon credits must be purchased; and certification fees must be paid; quarterly in advance for certification to commence.

 

Carbon Neutral Product and Carbon Neutral Service Certification Standards

The Carbon Neutral Product and Carbon Neutral Service certifications are for businesses that want to offer carbon neutral products and services. The three steps that must be completed to achieve the Carbon Neutral Product or Carbon Neutral Service certification standards are as follows:

  1. Complete a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in line with ISO 14040.  A product LCA measures all emissions of the product being assessed including emissions generated from the extraction and transportation of raw materials, inputs into the product, manufacture and distribution of the product; and finally, disposal
  2. Commit to offset all emissions of the product or service assessed, and
  3. Enter into a Certification Agreement.  The agreement contains a commitment to purchase carbon credits quarterly in arrears to offset the emissions of carbon neutral products or services sold for each quarter.   

Carbon credits relating to the operational emissions of the business must be purchased; and certification fees must be paid, quarterly in advance for certification to commence.

 

Make it Carbon Neutral Certification Standard

Make it Carbon Neutral certification is for businesses that want to be able to offer their products and services as carbon neutral when requested by their customers.  MICN is the perfect solution for businesses that want to offer carbon neutral products and services which aren’t expected to be initially traded in high volumes (below 500 tCO2e) or where a business wants to “test the waters” by offering carbon neutral products and services by customer request.    

The following steps must be completed to achieve the Make it Carbon Neutral certification standard:

  1. Completion of the initial emissions calculations, including carbon offset options and costs, so that businesses are aware what their additional cost of sale is when offering a product or service as carbon neutral through the MICN service
  2. Commit to offset all emissions of the product or service assessed, and
  3. Enter into a Certification Agreement.  The agreement contains a commitment to purchase carbon credits quarterly in arrears to offset the emissions generated by Make it Carbon Neutral products and services sold each quarter.   

Certification fees must be paid, quarterly in advance for certification to commence.

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