Steps to achieving and maintaining carbon neutral certification

Steps in achieving carbon certification

Applying for carbon neutral certification

To achieve certification under the Program and be granted permission to use the certification trade mark, you must complete the steps outlined below. These steps are covered in further detail in section 2 of the Carbon Neutral Program Guidelines.

Step 1: Establish the scope of your certification

Step 2: Calculate the carbon account for your base year

Step 3: Develop an emissions reduction strategy

Step 4: Prepare a public report

Step 5: Review the Licence agreement and Trade Mark Rules

Step 6: Arrange an independent audit of your application

Step 7: Submit your application documents and executed Licence agreement

Step 8: Pay administration fee

Step 9: Purchase and cancel eligible offset units

Step 10: Certification granted

 

Maintaining certification

To maintain your carbon neutral certification under the Program and be eligible to use the certification trade mark continuously, you must complete the steps outlined below on an annual basis. These steps are based on the obligations under the Licence agreement for the use of the certification trade mark that you execute as part of your application. The Licence agreement usually covers a five year period.

Step 1: Manage and calculate emissions

Step 2: Purchase and cancel eligible offset units

Step 3: Report on your achievements

Step 4: Obtain an independent audit (every two years)

Step 5: Continued certification granted

You must also pay the annual administration fee, as per the fee schedule set out in your Licence agreement. Further details of each step are provided in section 3 of the Carbon Neutral Program Guidelines.