Going Net Zero
They then reduce these emissions as much as possible by investing in new technology or changing the way they operate and finally they ‘cancel out’ any remaining emissions by purchasing carbon offsets. Reducing emissions as much as possible should always be done before offsetting remaining greenhouse gas emissions.
To become carbon neutral or net zero, organisations first calculate the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their activities, such as fuel or electricity use and travel.
Why carbon neutral?
- Demonstrate your commitment to climate action and future generations
- Meet your clients or stakeholder expectations
- Save energy and cut costs
- Enhance your reputation and image
- Be a market leader
- Engage employees and build capacity in the organisation
- Improve efficiency
- Improve customer recognition
- Win tenders requiring demonstration of climate action
Certified Carbon Neutral: the Climate Active programIn Australia, certification is achieved through the Climate Active program. The Climate Active program is the only Australian government endorsed carbon neutral certification and it comes with stringent requirements. Formal certification is not necessary to become carbon neutral but it gives your event or organisation strong credibility and recognition as a market leader. Increasingly leading companies and public sector organisations want to procure products and services from climate aligned businesses. As a registered Climate Active consultant I can advise and support you in the process if you choose to become certified. I am a certified consultant for the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard for both Organisations and Events.
How Climate Active works
- Measure your carbon footprint
- Prepare a Public Disclosure Summary including an emissions reduction strategy
- Offset the emissions that cannot be eliminated using carbon credits approved by Climate Active
- Independent verification process
- Submit application and fees