Our certification programme recognises organisations that are taking the effort to truly understand and act on their environmental impacts.
The programme is composed of four steps that demonstrate an organisation's increasing commitment to accountability, action, and leadership. If every organisation takes these three steps - all of which are designed to be achievable for even the smallest business - we will make incredible progress on slowing global warming, and moving toward a clean, just, verdant world for all.
Companies that are Carbon Aware have a holistic understanding of their environmental impacts. These companies have taken the initiative to assess the carbon and water footprint of every purchase they make. This provides a strong foundation to manage their impacts and make choices that enable them to improve over time.
To qualify for our Carbon Aware certification, companies must assess at least their past year of purchases using the Carbon Analytics platform, and have their results validated by a member of the Carbon Analytics certification team. We will verify that you have accurately categorised your suppliers to ensure the correct benchmarks have been applied and your footprint is representative of your impacts. The assessment is completely free. At this point in time the validation service is also free.
Companies that are Carbon Efficient take meaningful action to move the economy away from carbon consumption by switching to green energy, meaning their electricity and heat comes from renewable sources such as wind or solar power. This creates larger demand for renewable energy, which can also help to promote greater affordability for green energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.
To qualify for our Carbon Efficient certification, companies companies must switch to (or already use) 100% renewable energy. Companies can evidence their use of green energy through the transactions imported to Carbon Analytics. Where it is not clear that a green tariff has been contracted (e.g. if the provider offers both renewable and non-renewable energy) a utility bill or contract showing the usage of green energy must be provided.
Companies that are Carbon Offsetter take accountability for the emissions they create in the world by purchasing carbon offsets for their full “cradle-to-gate” (direct organizational + supply chain) footprint – this pays for projects that help to reduce the amount of carbon being released to the atmosphere (e.g. by funding efficient, low-emissions cooking stoves in communities that otherwise cannot afford them), or to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere (e.g. by converting land into protected, forested areas).
To qualify for our Carbon Offsetter certification, companies must first achieve the Carbon Aware certification (or otherwise calculate and provide documentation of their full cradle-to-gate footprint), then offset their footprint with an accredited carbon offset provider. Evidence must be provided in the form of an offset certificate matching the tonnage of the company’s cradle-to-gate carbon footprint.
Companies that earn certification as a Carbon Advocate take a leadership role to usher in the low-carbon economy by recruiting other companies to measure, improve and share their environmental impacts. This increases awareness, and spurs the rest of the economy to engage on this critical issue.
To qualify for our Carbon Advocate certification, companies must successfully recruit 5 companies to the Carbon Analytics platform, and these companies must in turn demonstrate that they are progressing their low-carbon journey by achieving one of the aforementioned Carbon Analytics certifications (Carbon Aware, Carbon Efficient, or Carbon Offsetter).