Reach net zero emissions
Be a climate leader by decarbonising your activities.
DEFINING CARBON NEUTRAL
Carbon neutrality means that you have reduced your climate impact to net zero. However, it is almost impossible for organisations and individuals to avoid the creation of greenhouse gases emissions entirely. In order to be carbon neutral these unavoidable emissions need to be balanced through the purchase of carbon offsets.
How to become carbon neutral
To achieve carbon neutrality, become carbon neutral, you need to account for all of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are a result of your business operations or activities. This is achieved by measuring, reducing and offsetting your greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Measure, reduce and offset
You can perform a self-assessment of your emissions using our online calculator. If your footprint is more complex you may prefer to employ the services of a carbon consultant as some of the steps involved can be quite technical.
The total tonnes of GHG emissions are then compensated for by purchasing carbon offsets so that the net emissions of your business activities are zero.
After measuring your footprint and purchasing sufficient carbon offsets to compensate for your emissions you can state that your organisation is carbon neutral. It is not necessary to undergo formal certification to claim carbon neutrality.
The extent of your carbon footprint that you offset can vary. You may choose to offset the entire business or only a section, for example, your head office, an event or your fleet vehicles. All the relevant activities of your business get taken into account; travel, events, consumables, fleet, electricity, freight.
Steps to become carbon neutral
Calculate your footprint by accounting for all of your GHG emissions
Adopt energy efficiency measures and shift to renewable energy
Purchase offsets to compensate for unavoidable emissions
Certified carbon neutral
To be certified as carbon neutral, you must apply to one of the certification bodies such as Climate Active, the Australian Government initiative or under the ISO 14064-1 international certification.
Formal certifications are rigorous. They require indepth audits and the development of emissions reduction plans, and costs involved for a 12 month certification may not be within everyone’s budget.
After applying for carbon neutral certification and being accepted, you have to maintain the licence agreement of your carbon neutrality by meeting the following obligations;
- Accurately measure your greenhouse gas emissions
- Develop an emissions reduction strategy
- Purchase carbon credits to offset remaining emissions
- Publish a public report of you carbon neutral claim
- Conduct an independent audit every 3 years
Achieving net zero emissions
Becoming carbon neutral certified can be a lengthy process for some businesses, but it is important that we all take initiatives to reduce our impact on the climate. We can help you to achieve your sustainability goals while positively impacting your business.
Talk to us about becoming carbon neutral.
These are emissions that have come directly from sources that are owned or operated by your organisation. For example, fleet vehicles and air conditioning.
These are emissions generated from energy consumed to operate owned or controlled equipment or facilities of an organisation. This includes the electricity purchased to heat and cool buildings.
Generally, these are emissions that arise from activities which aren’t owned or controlled by the organisation, but you do have some control over. For example, air travel, staff commute, waste management.