How

the certification

works

Climate Standard is the body responsible for certifying the climate neutrality and distribute the label on products, services, events and organizations

The certification is based on the verification of 3 key requirements:

calculate, offset, reduce.

Calculate the annual carbon footprint of the product/company

Offset the CO2e emitted with high-quality carbon credits

Plan to reduce emissions and publish a company commitment 

in details:

Preface

Climate Standard recognises two types of certification: climate neutral companies and climate neutral products. The difference only concerns the application:

  • In the case of a company, the required carbon footprint is the total of the company’s operations, offsetting is 100% of emissions and the reduction must be planned taking all operations into account.
  • In the case of a product, the carbon footprint required is that of the product, the offset concerns 100% of the product’s emissions, and the reduction can be planned on the certified product alone.

Calculate your carbon footprint

Organisations interested in obtaining certification in 2022 as a company or for one of their products have as a first requirement to measure the emissions (carbon footprint) produced in the previous year.

CLIMATE STANDARD requires a calculation of the emissions associated with the product, service or entity to be certified. The calculation is based on the method proposed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used reporting standard in the world.

The accuracy of the data and monitoring depends considerably on the size of the organization as described below. We understand the difficulty of reporting emissions and are ready to support you right away to make the process as simple and convenient as possible.

So if you invoice less than 10 million euros, CLIMATE STANDARD accepts an assessment of the emissions of your products through scientific reports, recognized calculators, geographic and sector benchmarks. In that case, we also accept calcusations based on online tools such us “2030calculator”.

We will be satisfied with the certificates of origin that prove the truthfulness and origin of this energy.

How does the calculation work?

CLIMATE STANDARD requires a calculation of the emissions associated with the product, service or entity to be certified. The calculation is based on the method proposed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used reporting standard in the world.

How accurate do you have to be?

The accuracy of the data and monitoring depends considerably on the size of the organization as described below. We understand the difficulty of reporting emissions and are ready to support you right away to make the process as simple and convenient as possible.

So if you invoice less than 10 million euros, CLIMATE STANDARD accepts an assessment of the emissions of your products through scientific reports, recognized calculators, geographic and sector benchmarks.

I only buy energy from renewable sources, how can I show you?

We will be satisfied with the certificates of origin that prove the truthfulness and origin of this energy.

Offset with high-quality credits

The second requirement is the compensation of all greenhouse gas emissions of the product/entity (to be certified) through the purchase of certified carbon credits.

Attention: credits must comply with the certification requirements to avoid greenwashing practices.

Certified carbon credits are tons of CO2 absorbed or not emitted by projects with a positive impact on the climate.

All organizations are encouraged to purchase credits with CLIMATE STANDARD, especially for those that fall into the “small business” category, but the purchase of credits with third-party providers is still accepted if the requirements listed below are met.

The requirements for the validity of neutralization are necessary to ensure the high quality of carbon credits. They are very precise but, at the same time, a little incomprehensible to non-experts.

If you have not yet purchased certified credits we can help you in the process. In case you want to buy credits from specialized traders, they will have no problem meeting our validity criteria.

The criteria range from the use of certified credits only to the financing of only projects located in developing countries (excluding carbon capture and storage projects), to a minimum limit on the purchase price of the single credit, to an age limit, up to the characteristics of the credit mix to offset.

The necessary documents concern the purchase operation, a payment receipt and the characteristics of the supported projects.

Where / how can carbon credits be purchased?

Certified carbon credits are tons of CO2 absorbed or not emitted by projects with a positive impact on the climate.

All organizations are encouraged to purchase credits with CLIMATE STANDARD, especially for those that fall into the “small business” category, but the purchase of credits with third-party providers is still accepted if the requirements listed below are met.

What are the requirements regarding carbon credits?

The requirements for the validity of neutralization are necessary to ensure the high quality of carbon credits. They are very precise but, at the same time, a little incomprehensible to non-experts.

If you have not yet purchased certified credits we can help you in the process. In case you want to buy credits from specialized traders, they will have no problem meeting our validity criteria.

The criteria range from the use of certified credits only to the financing of only projects located in developing countries (excluding carbon capture and storage projects), to a minimum limit on the purchase price of the single credit, to an age limit, up to the characteristics of the credit mix to offset.

What documentation do I need to submit?

The necessary documents concern the purchase operation, a payment receipt and the characteristics of the supported projects.

Commit and plan to reduce emissions

The 3rd requirement concerns the creation, implementation and monitoring of an emissions reduction plan which may concern the single certified product or the entire organization and which we will call BRP (Business Reduction Plan) for simplicity.

Companies that certify their products/services for the first time have up to 6 months to submit and implement the BRP.

You can focus on creating a BRP for the single product, certified service.

Focusing on the single certification will help you create a structured method that you can later extend to all the other activities of your organization.

Despite this, it is recommended, whenever possible, to plan the emissions of the entire organization and its supply chain and extend the BRP as much as possible.

This depends a lot on the size of the organization. In any case, CLIMATE STANDARD has in its interests the support of organizations that want to reduce their emissions.

For companies with a turnover of less than 10 million euros, the BRP to be presented can also be very simple but always remains measurable and achievable.
The more the size of the company grows, the more the BRP proves to be structured and characterized by objectives, actions, intermediate milestones and timelines.

The Business Reduction Plan must have a duration between 1 and 3 years, annual objectives, starting from the date of the presentation of the certification application, and final ones. These objectives must be SMART, that is: specific (Specific), measurable (Measurable), achievable (Achievable), realistic (Realistic) and defined in time (Time-bound).

Of course yes. From the certification application you have 6 months to submit a PAR that meets the right requirements. This is because writing a realistic and implementable plan takes time. Don’t worry, it is neither an expensive nor an impossible operation.

Do I have to make a plan to reduce the emissions of the certified product or of the entire company?

You can focus on creating a BRP for the single product, certified service.

Focusing on the single certification will help you create a structured method that you can later extend to all the other activities of your organization.

Despite this, it is recommended, whenever possible, to plan the emissions of the entire organization and its supply chain and extend the BRP as much as possible.

How much detail do you need to go into?

This depends a lot on the size of the organization. In any case, CLIMATE STANDARD has in its interests the support of organizations that want to reduce their emissions.

For companies with a turnover of less than 10 million euros, the BRP to be presented can also be very simple but always remains measurable and achievable.
The more the size of the company grows, the more the BRP proves to be structured and characterized by objectives, actions, intermediate milestones and timelines.

What are the characteristics of the Plan?

The Business Reduction Plan must have a duration between 1 and 3 years, annual objectives, starting from the date of the presentation of the certification application, and final ones. These objectives must be SMART, that is: specific (Specific), measurable (Measurable), achievable (Achievable), realistic (Realistic) and defined in time (Time-bound).

I don’t have a reduction plan yet, can I still apply for certification?

Of course yes. From the certification application you have 6 months to submit a PAR that meets the right requirements. This is because writing a realistic and implementable plan takes time. Don’t worry, it is neither an expensive nor an impossible operation.

Label &
public disclosure

The information associated with the company or the single certified product will be shared on a dedicated page.

Here your consumers will be able to find the estimated carbon footprint for the current year, the projects used for the carbon offset and the company reduction plans.

We will share the label with you.

You can place it wherever you like: products, packaging, information material, sites and applications.

In addition, you will receive the paper certificate directly on site.

The certification is valid for a calendar year since it represents the validation of an annual business strategy that is configured with a calculation of the annual carbon footprint and an offset of the aforementioned result.

Label and certifications have an annual value. Therefore, if they are not renewed, the sharing permit also ceases to exist and the company is required to eliminate all manifestations of the certification and label both internally and to the public.

Absolutely yes!

We will use both our private media such as our social and blog and our community of national and international organisations to celebrate your entry into the Climate Standard world.

How will I receive my certification?

We will share the label with you.

You can place it wherever you like: products, packaging, information material, sites and applications.

In addition, you will receive the paper certificate directly on site.

What happens 1 year after certification?

The certification is valid for a calendar year since it represents the validation of an annual business strategy that is configured with a calculation of the annual carbon footprint and an offset of the aforementioned result.

What happens if I decide not to renew the certification?

Label and certifications have an annual value. Therefore, if they are not renewed, the sharing permit also ceases to exist and the company is required to eliminate all manifestations of the certification and label both internally and to the public.

Will you support us in sharing this achievement?

Absolutely yes!

We will use both our private media such as our social and blog and our community of national and international organisations to celebrate your entry into the Climate Standard world.

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