Net Zero Climate Emissions = Climate Neutrality
Climate neutrality is achieved when the net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of an individual or organisation are equal to zero. Greenhouse gases include many types of emissions, but are frequently measured in carbon dioxide equivalence for simplicity. GHGs emitted to the atmosphere due to human activities are known to contribute to global climate change.
While the concept of carbon neutrality can be generally applied to individual emissions and localities, it usually refers to business operations and projects. There are two main ways to achieve climate neutrality:
- Reducing direct emissions by reducing the use of fossil fuels and energy consumption, making green choices in your supply chain, implementing on-site energy generation, and making energy and material reuse and recycling a priority.
- Offsetting emissions by buying “carbon credits” from those who work on removing or sequestering emitted carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
It can be difficult to know where to start in order to achieve climate neutrality, while at the same time governmental pressure on this topic is increasing. As businesses start to experience both stakeholder and legislative pressure to go climate neutral, specific certification programs are arising to help companies achieve and verify their carbon neutral status. Ecomatters is experienced in this field and offers concrete and practical support around this transition.
Carbon Neutral Certifications
For credibility, these carbon neutral certifications and actions are built upon trustworthy and widespread standards and specifications. These include standards initiated by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the PAS2060.
The PAS2060 was developed by the British Standards Institution. Released in 2010, it includes insights from the government, public and private sectors. PAS 2060 provides the requirements and guides to scoping and calculating carbon footprints, along with the guidelines to achieving, reporting, and claiming carbon neutrality.
Are you ready to become carbon neutral?
Ecomatters works on the quantification of environmental impacts and has experience in carbon footprint (CF) calculations. We provide support in accordance with different standards, and can also develop customised CF tools. One of the latest projects of Ecomatters is helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop their own cost-effective plan of achieving climate neutrality, together with offering those companies climate neutral certification tailored to SME specifics.
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