Steps to achieving and maintaining carbon neutral 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
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.