how to get the

Brand certification

A 3-step processes aimed at verifying compliance with Climate Neutrality Standards

STEP 1

Submit the carbon footprint

SME: 1-2 weeks
Large Brands: 1-3 months

Submitting a corporate carbon footprint is the essential first step.

The methodologies to be followed will be GHGP and ISO 14064 and must include some of the categories defined in Scope 3. You can find more information in the Standards guidelines.

Although measurement may seem complex and expensive, it is probably cheaper than you might think. In most cases you can use free tools or seek support from less expensive services.

Indirect emissions (Scope 3) always seem the hardest obstacle, but do not let perfection be the enemy of good. Indirect emissions always seem the hardest obstacle, but do not let perfection be the enemy of good.

We know you have to take various assumptions, but focusing first on the most important operations in your value chain will help you unpack upstream and downstream processes.

Free tools, specialized consultants, and our team can certainly help in the process.

It is not necessary to have your corporate carbon footprint certified. If you have a certified carbon footprint it is definitely better but let’s stick to the principle of ” Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”.

Certifying a carbon footprint costs a lot of money and you should spend that budget on doing emission management (offsetting and reducing).

You will have the chance to improve your carbon footprint year after year.

No need, we will provide you with all the preset files to fill out. It will be easier for you to fill everything in and for us to analyze the data through our automated process and identify any missed data.

STEP 2

Offset annual emissions

SME: 1-2 weeks
Large Brands: 1-2 weeks

You must offset 100% of the emissions produced by your brand during the year through the purchase of specific certificates, called “carbon credits,” that are eligible and of high quality.

To define yourself as “climate neutral,” you must purchase 1 carbon credit for every ton of CO2 produced during the past year. The carbon credits used for this step must meet specific requirements to be eligible, such as coming from registries of recognized auditing bodies.

This process is not lengthy but you must take care to purchase high-quality credits as most low-cost credits have no real positive climate impacts. It is good to seek support from our team or specialized consultants to ensure that you do not fall into greenwashing.

Each carbon credit represents 1 metric ton of CO2e removed from the planet.

Simply put, carbon credits allow you to invest money in climate change solutions. With carbon credits, we support tree planting, combat deforestation, restore ecosystems, help generate more green energy in developing countries, and develop technologies that absorb CO2 from the air.

The requirements are divided into 4 demands:

1) Credits must be certified by international bodies such as Verified Carbon Standard, Gold Standard, PlanVivo or PuroEarth.
2) Credits must be from projects located in developing countries (as defined by the IMF), with the exception of long-term carbon removal projects.
3) Credits from “avoided or reduced emissions without storage” projects must have been issued for up to 4 years, while up to 7 years in other cases.
4) Credits from “emissions avoided or reduced without storage” can offset up to 50 percent of total emissions.

No, as a certification body, Climate Standard does not sell or trade carbon credits.

However, the team can help you identify green projects that best suit your brand.

If your brand decides to purchase the credits on its own, Climate Standard can make its accounts available on the reference registries to “retire the credits,” that is, remove them from the registry and use them in this way for offsetting.

STEP 3

Pledges to reduce future emissions

SME: 1-2 weeks
Large Brands: 1-2 weeks

Planning for future emission reductions is an essential step. You must submit formal pledges to reduce future emissions.

Each Pledge (or commitment) targets a category of emissions and must indicate how many emissions will be reduced, through which strategy and within how many months (12, 24 or 36 months).

Brands with annual revenues of more than 50 million euros are also required to indicate reduction Pledges for indirectly produced emissions.

These Pledges must be concrete and reflect the steps your team is prepared to take. It may sound complex, but a good carbon footprint can highlight which categories should receive priority for action. Our team is here to help brands with advice, guidelines and templates.

Pledges (or commitments) are specific, measurable, assignable, realistic goals with a date by which they must be implemented.

An example of a SMART Pledge is: “We will switch to 100% renewable energy use within 24 months through the purchase and internal production of green energy, thereby cutting nearly 100% of the emissions associated with energy use and 30% of total emissions.”

To achieve this certification, Pledges must target corporate emissions categories (scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3) as described in the certification guidelines.

For brands with annual revenues below 50 million, identification of at least 2 emission reduction targets in 2 separate reported emission categories is required.

For brands with annual revenues greater than 50 million euros, identification of at least 1 emission reduction target is required for each Scope, including at least 1 target for a Scope 3 category.

As an alternative to this file, the brand can upload in the upload area of the platform a Science-Based Target initiative certification.

Get certified!

Apply for certification

SME: 1-2 days
Large Brands: 1-2 days

If you do not yet have the requirements, we can help you figure out how to get them and, if needed, point you to the best consultants in your area to support you in carrying out the application.

If you already have all the requirements, ask us your unique credentials and proceed with the submission of the documentation by following the steps indicated just inside the private area.

If everything is in order, our validation system will give us the “green light,” at which point our team will review the application and give you a response within a few hours.

After the team’s validation, by signing a license to use the certification and Climate Standard label, you can declare that your brand has been certified. The team will help you understand how to create maximum value through corporate communications.

In addition, you won’t have to worry about tedious and costly unscheduled on-site audits. From the second year, however, we will ask you to participate in periodic interviews to understand how your emission reduction commitments are progressing.

Your status lasts for 1 year after approval.

At the end of the year, the process must be repeated. It will be up to the brand to reapply and adjust to any changes in certification requirements.

Max reliability for customers

We are very serious about transparency.

After validation, we create a web page dedicated to the brand to publicise how the brand has achieved climate neutrality. You can see examples on our website.

This means maximizing transparency, reducing risks and engaging your stakeholders.

We are very serious about transparency.

After validation, Climate Standard creates a web page dedicated to the product’s brand to publicise how the brand has achieved climate neutrality. You can see examples on our website.

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