Carbon Neutral means reducing and offsetting your greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero”.
Carbon Neutral certification starts at £995
Five Steps to Carbon Neutrality
Get a dedicated Account Manager
We Measure your emissions and suggest Reduction techniques
We Certify your business as Carbon Neutral
You Communicate your Carbon Neutral status to win new business
Frequently Asked Questions
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What does Carbon Neutral mean?
A company is carbon neutral when it measures its carbon footprint, reduces its emissions and buys carbon credits to balance out the difference. Every business has a carbon footprint made up of emissions associated with energy usage, transportation and waste. And every business must take steps to become carbon neutral if society is to reduce the total amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
The carbon neutrality concept is typically extended to include all the main greenhouse gases (GHG) measured in terms of their carbon dioxide equivalence (CO2e) – the impact a GHG has on the atmosphere expressed in the equivalent amount of CO2 – namely: methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).
What is a Carbon Footprint and what does it include?
A Carbon Footprint is a measurement of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions associated with a particular entity (person, corporate or organization), product or activity (service or event).
A Carbon Footprint should be measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and/or the ISO14064 standard to ensure that data can be trusted, compared and meets the minimum reporting requirements in your jurisdiction.
Carbon Trade Exchange always follows the Greenhouse Gas protocol and splits a carbon footprint into three "scopes":
• Scope 1 - Gas and fuel used at company sites or in company owned vehicles, refrigerants
• Scope 2 - Electricity, heat or steam
• Scope 3 - Indirect emissions from a source that contributes more than 1% of the business’ total emissions footprint – i.e. outsourced operations, business travel in vehicles not owned by the company, waste disposal
Why should my business become Carbon Neutral?
Every business activity creates carbon emissions that are contributing to climate change. Smart business leaders will recognise the benefits of measuring, reducing and offsetting our carbon emissions to market yourself as Carbon Neutral:
-Demonstrate environmental integrity
-Measure and cut costs associated with inefficiency
-Meet customer demand for environmentally friendly products and services
-Differentiate your business to increase revenue and market share
-Stay ahead of legislation on carbon emissions
Work with Carbon Trade Exchange to execute a Carbon Neutral strategy and increase your business’ profitability.
How can my business be certified as Carbon Neutral?
CTX will work with any organisation to ensure that achieving Carbon Neutral status is cost-effective and strengthens your business proposition. In the United Kingdom, companies must complete a certification called PAS2060 in order to label themselves, their products or their services as Carbon Neutral.
CTX provides a full advisory service for becoming certified under PAS 2060. This is part of our standard membership package, which you can read more about here.
Our service includes:
• A consultation on how to reduce carbon emissions in your business
• A carbon reductions strategy
• Declarations of commitment and achievement of carbon neutrality
• All Offsets purchased and cancelled on your company’s behalf
What is the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism?
The Clean Development Mechanism was created to incentivize least cost global emissions reductions and finance sustainable development in the developing world.
The CDM allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to earn certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2.
These CERs can be traded and sold, and used by industrialized countries to a meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.
The mechanism stimulates sustainable development and emission reductions, while giving industrialized countries some flexibility in how they meet their emission reduction limitation targets.
What is PAS2060 and why is it important?
The Publicly Available Specification (PAS 2060) was created to produce a common definition and a recognised method of validation for a Carbon Neutral organisation.
There are four main stages to PAS2060:
Measure – Assess carbon emissions based on raw data
Reduce – Adopt and implement an emissions management plan
Offset – Retire carbon offsets to account for emissions you cannot reduce
Validate – Publically disclose a declaration of achievement of neutrality
How can my business reduce carbon emissions?
Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX) has worked with many businesses that have gone Carbon Neutral to drive emissions reductions and become more profitable.
By choosing to become Carbon Neutral you will "put a price" on CO2 emissions and, as any business owner knows, what gets measured gets (un)made.
Nevertheless, our knowledgable team works with members to help them create a Carbon Footprint Management Plan so they can meet reporting requirements, and:
• State how your business intends to reduce its emissions and by how much
• Establish a process for assessing performance against the plan
• Demonstrate carbon emission reductions
How do we offset our carbon emissions?
Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX) uses a unique online Exchange to connect members to Gold Standard and United Nations climate projects around the world. The certified Carbon Credits listed for sale on the Exchange all meet the PAS 2060 criteria.
After your company has measured its Carbon Footprint, our team will help you to implement a Carbon Reductions Plan and, finally, to select a Carbon Credit project from which you can "offset" all the CO2 emissions that you cannot reduce.
These Credits are bought and “cancelled” in your company’s name. You’ll even receive a certificate from the UN stating your company name, the volume of offsets and the reason for their cancellation.
Though PAS2060 is designed to encourage reductions, a company can meet its first period of achievement through Offsetting and market itself as Carbon Neutral.
How do we tell the world that we are a Carbon Neutral business?
In accordance with PAS2060, CTX will produce two public declarations for your company:
• A declaration of commitment to carbon neutrality for your emissions measurement and
management plan, and;
• A declaration of achievement of carbon neutrality for your reductions and offsets cancelled
• After these are signed and published, you’ll be able to market your company as Carbon Neutral and to display our CTX Carbon Neutral logo