Carbon Neutral Certification

Carbon Neutral Certification for companies, products and services

What is Carbon Neutral Certification?

Demonstrate market leadership through Carbon Neutral Certification. Through SCS' new Certification Standard for Carbon Neutral Entities, Buildings, Products, and Services or the internationally recognized carbon neutral standard, PAS 2060, companies can certify that they have successfully negated their carbon footprint. SCS offers complete service options to achieve carbon neutrality that include establishing your product carbon footprints and guidance on purchasing verified carbon offsets from credible sources that align with your company’s mission. In addition, SCS is an approved assessor under the Carbon Neutral Protocol for those companies looking to become certified under the CARBON NEUTRAL® CERTIFICATION standard.

Why Choose SCS?

Choose SCS Global Services to calculate or validate your carbon footprint and verify retirement of purchased carbon offsets to achieve carbon neutrality. With over 30 years of expertise in footprinting and carbon offset verification, we offer you the needed insight and third-party objectivity to credibly claim carbon neutrality. SCS has an extensive list of customers who have achieved Carbon Neutral Certification, including multi-national organizations and small- to mid-sized national, regional and local organizations seeking carbon neutrality for their entities, services, products, and buildings.

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Carbon Neutral status can be achieved by any organization, product, brand or event that can demonstrate that there has been no increase in GHG emissions through the purchase of quantified and verified carbon offsets.

Certification Approach

SCS’ role is to confirm that your carbon footprint has been established based on an authorized methodology, that data are robust, and to verify reported emission reductions (PAS 2060) and retired the appropriate number of carbon offsets.

PAS 2060 requires you to provide a publicly available documentation packet that includes a Carbon Footprint Report, Carbon Management Plan, and Qualifying Explanatory Statements (declaration of achievement of neutrality). These documents report your carbon footprint, outline your carbon emissions reduction strategy, and describe the steps you are taking to offset any remaining carbon emissions.

The certification process must be verified annually.

Determine Your Carbon Footprint

Changing climate poses risks and opportunities for your business. Your carbon emissions reduction strategy should take both of these into account. Establishing your current carbon footprint is essential for identifying carbon emission reduction strategies.

We can help in one of two ways – either by conducting a third-party assessment to calculate your footprint, or by verifying the footprint you have already generated. Either ISO14064-1 or the GHG Corporate Protocol footprinting methodologies should be used. SCS will assess your products and services using PAS 2050 life-cycle assessment. In addition, as a complementary service, SCS is uniquely positioned to help you gain an more comprehensive understanding of your carbon footprint using advanced protocols now being standardized under the American National Standards Institute process (LEO-SCS-002). Either way, all Scope 1 and 2 emissions, plus all Scope 3 emissions that contribute more than 1% of the total footprint, are included.

Establish and Implement Your Carbon Management Plan

Our experts can help you evaluate your risks and opportunities in order to develop a successful Carbon Management Plan. This plan will include:

  • Emission reduction targets
  • A timeframe for implementation
  • A description of the methods by which reductions will be achieved, including purchase of offset credits

To comply with PAS 2060, you must ultimately demonstrate that any remaining carbon emissions are offset by credits obtained through an approved scheme, such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). These credits must be third-party verified, genuinely additional, and retired after no more than one year to a recognized registry.

Carbon Neutrality Reporting

PAS 2060 requires that all information be reported in conformance with BS EN ISO/IEC 17050-1 standards, and that all documentation be available to the public. Let us assist you in gathering and preparing your disclosure to meet the transparency requirements of the standard and satisfy the information needs of your customers.

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Carbon Neutral Certification Brochure English   |   Spanish
SCS 108- Carbon Neutral Standard English

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