National Carbon Offset Standard Carbon Neutral Program
Being carbon neutral is when net greenhouse gas emissions of an organisation or a product are equal to zero. This can be achieved by reducing emissions and then purchasing and retiring carbon offsets to match the remaining emissions.
The Carbon Neutral Program is a voluntary scheme which certifies products, business operations or events as carbon neutral against the Australian Government's National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). This standard provides integrity through its guidance on genuine voluntary offsets and its minimum requirements for calculating, auditing and offsetting a carbon footprint to achieve carbon neutrality.
To achieve carbon neutral certification under the NCOS Carbon Neutral Program, you must measure, reduce and then offset any remaining greenhouse gas emissions.
Once certified, you are able to use the NCOS Carbon Neutral Certified logo under license for promotional and marketing purposes.
The organisations participating in the NCOS Carbon Neutral Program continue to take the lead in Australia’s voluntary carbon sector and demonstrate their commitment to achieving a low carbon future.
The NCOS Carbon Neutral Program Guidelines also provide additional guidance on participating in the program.
The benefits of carbon neutrality
By going carbon neutral you can:
- reduce your business's greenhouse gas emissions
- reduce the resources used and potentially save money
- reduce your business's impact on climate change
- strengthen your reputation within the market place
- be able to position your products as carbon neutral alternatives
- have a third party recognise the climate change and carbon management your business has undergone
- have access to official NCOS branding including the Australian Coat of Arms
- become a member of the Carbon Neutral Network
What's more, when other businesses use your carbon neutral products and services, you'll be helping them lower their own carbon footprints.
Let the world know
Once you've been certified carbon neutral, your business is able to use the official green and white carbon neutral logo and the Australian Government emblem to promote your status.
The logo gives your customers and clients assurance that the products and services they are buying have met strict Australian standards for carbon neutrality.
By choosing officially certified products or dealing with officially certified organisations, consumers, customers and clients are reassured that they're making an environmentally friendly decision and helping reduce Australia's carbon footprint.
The NCOS Carbon Neutral Certified logo
The Certification Trade Mark signifies that a particular organisation or product has achieved carbon neutrality against the NCOS.
With the Certification Trade Mark your customers are assured the product they are purchasing or the business they are dealing with is carbon neutral.
The NCOS Carbon Neutral Program Consumer trade mark
The NCOS Carbon Neutral Program Consumer Trade Mark signifies that a business has an ongoing purchasing arrangement with an NCOS Carbon Neutral Program certified product or organisation. It tells customers that an organisation is taking action against climate change by choosing carbon neutral products or organisations as part of their purchasing operations.
The Carbon Neutral Network works for you
Once certified as carbon neutral, your business will join some of Australia's leading corporate names as a member of the Carbon Neutral Network
Members are encouraged to use the carbon neutral logos,to promote their carbon neutrality.
The customers and clients of network members are assured they're choosing to work with organisations or purchase products and services that have been certified as carbon neutral.
Not only are you achieving more climate friendly outcomes for your operations, you are being recognised for your efforts.
For enquiries and information about the NCOS Carbon Neutral Program call 1800 057 590.
NCOS Carbon Neutral Program Manager
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 854
Canberra ACT 2601