The need for ambitious climate action has never been more urgent. Setting ambitious commitments to lower emissions is critical to ensure the long term sustainability of your activities.
Climate action is a journey that requires a tailored approach. However, many climate certification systems do not make the distinction between different stages of commitments. They also can lack neutrality if the criteria is not verified by an independent, accredited third party. Without accurate information and transparency, these systems can mislead the public and even contribute to the unfortunate practice of greenwashing.
This is why we’ve launched the CO2 Neutral label, which recognizes every step organizations take to reduce their negative environmental impact and makes their efforts visible to the public. Our ambitious 5-step approach helps organizations raise the bar on their climate commitments while helping consumers make informed and impactful choices.
We believe climate action should be accessible to all. Whether you’re just starting out or well on your way to reducing emissions, the CO2 Neutral label offers different levels and types of certification to support your organization on every step of your climate journey.
The CO2 Neutral label is separated into three types, adapted to your specific situation:
1. Entities – Companies or parts of companies (e.g. site level), organisations, private sector bodies, households, towns, cities, or even individuals. Entities can be defined by a physical location or by a juridical entity.
2. Products – An article or substance manufactured or refined for sale. Examples include: food and fast-moving consumer goods, and even buildings.
3. Activities – Limited but well-defined activities that are not considered to be entities or products. Examples can include: events, logistics activities, manufacturing processes, and projects.
The CO2 Neutral label’s level system ranging from bronze to gold recognizes your climate commitments while encouraging you to go further.
Bronze Entity: Covers scopes 1 and 2, meaning: all direct and indirect emissions from the use of purchased electricity, heat, or cooling (energy consumption, heat generation, fuel for vehicles…).
Silver Entity: Covers scopes 1, 2 and part of scope 3, meaning: all direct and indirect emissions from the use of purchased electricity, heat or cooling as well as the indirect emissions linked to fuel and energy-related emissions (not already considered in scopes 1 and 2), waste from operations, business travel, employee home-work commuting.
Gold Entity: Covers scopes 1, 2 and all material scope 3 emissions, meaning: all direct and indirect emissions from the use of purchased electricity, heat or cooling as well as the indirect emissions generated within the value chain (upstream and downstream emissions). Furthermore, to reach this level, the reduction target must be in line with science-based targets (1,5°C trajectory) and should cover at least ⅔ of scope 3 emissions.
Bronze Product: All upstream and production-related emissions until the product leaves the factory (raw materials, supply chain, manufacturing) are taken into account.
Silver Product: All upstream and downstream emissions (raw materials, supply chain, manufacturing, delivery to store, usage, end of life) are taken into account.
Gold Product: All upstream and downstream emissions (raw materials, supply chain, manufacturing, delivery to store, usage, end of life) are taken into account. Furthermore, to reach this level, the company’s climate targets must be aligned with science and a 1,5°C trajectory.
Activity: All emissions related to the activity (including indirect emissions from fossil fuel combustion, based on the requirements of PAS2060) are taken into account.
Every CO2 Neutral label is accompanied by a QR code to bring more transparency to your climate commitments. When scanned, a link will open to a dedicated page that shares key information about the label, including: the carbon footprinting scope, reduction plan target, financing climate projects and longer term ambitions. The QR code offers an in-depth look at each organizations’ progress in reducing emissions and sets a positive example for others to follow.
To ensure full accountability, we have added an external audit as an additional step of the CO2 Neutral certification process. All applications will be submitted to Vincçotte (Member of Group Kiwa), an independent third party, third party partner, who will validate that all requirements have been met before awarding the label.
South Pole and CO2logic form the world’s largest climate solutions provider and carbon project developer. Together, they advise and support companies and institutions worldwide in defining and implementing ambitious and integrated sustainability strategies, to meet the climate challenge. As a pioneer in the field of decarbonisation, they also develop climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that meet the highest industry standards for certifying reductions. These projects contribute to the reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions while supporting initiatives that protect the territories and communities most vulnerable to climate change.