Our independent label helps your organisation, brand, products, services and event(s) obtain carbon neutrality and instil consumer trust in the process. Learn how you can become a carbon-neutral company in just 4 simple steps:

4 steps to carbon neutrality

We help businesses combat their local and global impact through a simple 4-step approach leading to a serious action plan and, eventually, CO2-Neutrality.

1. Calculate

Determine the scope of your footprint by identifying the different sources of greenhouse gas emissions produced by your organisation.

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2. Reduce

Prioritise and implement a series of simple and innovative measures that will help you reduce your carbon footprint to (second to) none.

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3. Compensate

Compensate for your remaining carbon footprint by investing in carbon-offset projects in developing countries.

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4. Communicate

Use the CO2-Neutral® label in your on- and offline communication to inform your audience and inspire stakeholders and competitors.

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Step 1: Calculate your corporate carbon footprint

Before you can neutralise your carbon footprint, you need to know the size of it. The scope of your footprint is a quantification of the total amount of (indirect) greenhouse gases emitted by your organisation, event, product or service. If you already have an official report of your carbon footprint by an accredited verifier, we can immediately proceed to step 2.

We generally start by identifying the scope of the calculation, as greenhouse gas emissions have a variety of sources, ranging from electricity, gas consumption and fuel use to waste water, transport, etc. Each of those are classified into 3 scopes, in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol:

  • Scope 1: direct emissions from owned or controlled sources
  • Scope 2: indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy
  • Scope 3: all indirect emissions of uncontrolled sources in the value chain of your business

When we have identified the scope, it is time to calculate your carbon footprint. Primary data from sources such as gas, energy and company cars are converted into CO2 equivalents by using certified emission factors from national publications, (public) databases, suppliers and manufacturers. The outcome of the first step is a detailed Carbon Management Plan, including a set of actions, targets and goals to render your organisation, product, service or event carbon neutral by a determined deadline.

Step 2: Reduce your carbon footprint

As soon as you know the different sources of your carbon emissions, we advise you on ways to reduce your carbon footprint to (second to) none. Typical emission-reduction measures include: switching to green energy, investing in a greener fleet, stimulating the use of public transport or bicycles and installing energy efficient appliances such as LED lighting with smart sensor systems. To help you choose which measures you want to implement first, we rank them according to the highest footprint (in tCO2e), return on investment and ease of implementation. The higher it is ranked, the most urgent or cost-efficient the carbon reduction opportunity.

Companies have a pivotal role in ensuring that the global temperature goals are met, but most existing company targets are often not ambitious enough. Many companies, recognizing the risk climate change poses to their business and the opportunity it creates for leadership and innovation, have already committed to change by setting emission reduction targets.

SBT’s (Science Based Targets) represent a more robust approach for companies to manage their emissions over the long haul. SBT’s are grounded on an objective, scientific evaluation of what is needed, rather than what is achievable by any one company. And they offer a firm foundation for organizations’ long-term climate change strategies, boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. Targets are considered “science-based” if they are in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

Step 3: Offset your remaining footprint

It goes without saying that the degree to which you can minimise your carbon footprint does not only depend on your goodwill or budget, but also on the nature of your activities and your industry’s. Unfortunately, some emissions are inevitable or can (currently) only be eliminated at a (very) high cost. When the most important sources are tackled, we look into alternatives to compensate for your remaining greenhouse gas emissions – so you can immediately take your climate responsibility.

By investing in certified carbon-offset projects in developing countries worldwide, you can help combat the global climate crisis beyond national borders while supporting local communities. Carbon compensation or climate projects provide the much needed support to avoid deforestation and promote health improvement, employment opportunities, renewable energy, reforestation and broad social benefits to impoverished communities (in line with the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs). Each project meets the highest standards and is officially certified, guaranteeing that it would not have been achieved without your external financing.

Step 4: Communicate your efforts

CO2 Neutral label

Your product, service, brand and/or organisation is now officially and unmistakably carbon neutral. Use the CO2 Neutral® label honestly & transparently in your on- and offline communication to inform your audience and inspire clients and stakeholders while challenging your competitors for more widespread climate action. Imagine if every organisation gives back in line with it’s climate impact ? We would live in a different world.

The CO2 Neutral® label is an official recognition for your climate efforts and clearly indicates what particular aspect of your business is carbon neutral today. It is a guarantee of transparency, improving your brand image and brand position and motivating others to take full responsibility for their carbon emissions, just like you.

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