Certification

The City of Sydney was the first government in Australia to be certified carbon neutral...we encourage others to take strong actions and realise the opportunities that will come from a low carbon and prosperous society. ―City of Sydney

Who can be Climate Active?

Any business or organisation, regardless of size or sector, seeking to take positive climate action can be Climate Active certified (link to certified orgs). Climate Active certification is proof towards a claim that your brand has achieved net zero emissions.

Climate Active certification is available for :

  • Organisations (Certification that the operations of an organisation have resulted in net zero emissions)
  • Products (Certification that a product being created, used and disposed has resulted in net zero emissions)
  • Services (Certification that the provision of a service has resulted in net zero emissions)
  • Events (Certification that the activities associated with running an event have resulted in net zero emissions)
  • Buildings * (Certification that the operations of a building have resulted in net zero emissions)
  • Precincts (Certification that the operations of a precinct have resulted in net zero emissions)

For your entity to be certified you must meet the requirements of the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard (formerly the National Carbon Offset Standard). Broadly, this means that to achieve certification you must measure emissions, reduce these where possible, offset remaining emissions and then publicly report on your achievement.

*Building certification is available through our partners the NABERS National Administrator or the Green Building Council of Australia.

Step-by-step certification process

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  • The first step in going carbon neutral is for an organisation to calculate the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions that it currently produces. This establishes the carbon account or carbon footprint. A significant benefit of this step in the process is that it provides a business with a better understanding of emissions sources and where reductions can be made.
     
  • The second step involves reducing emissions where possible. This often includes changes to operations such as reducing electricity or purchasing it from renewable sources, limiting or avoiding travel, and using certified carbon neutral products and services.
     
  • Finally, any emissions that still remain can be eliminated or offset by purchasing carbon credits. A carbon credit is a reduction in emissions generated by a project, such as reforestation or renewable energy, in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. Businesses can buy these offsets to effectively cancel out their emissions. Once you have cancelled out your emissions you have reached a state called ‘carbon neutral’ and have ‘net zero emissions’.
Certification allows businesses and organisations use of the Climate Active trade mark, helping consumers and the community to immediately identify products and services that are carbon neutral. The trade mark is a stamp of approval that carbon neutrality has been achieved in a credible and transparent way and gives Australian consumers confidence and trust in a brand’s carbon neutral claim.

Fees

Climate Active certification incurs an annual licence fee. This is based on the size of an organisation’s carbon account and it pays for licence administration, trade mark compliance and support services for certified organisations.

For more information on how to be certified download our Climate Active Guide.

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Ready to be certified?

Thanks for committing to taking action! To begin your journey you will need to create an account to use the Climate Active certification portal.

There are four steps:

Step 1: Decide if you need a consultant to help you with your certification. Climate Active has a list of registered consultants who specialise in Climate Active certification.

Step 2: Register yourself or relevant individuals on the Department of the Environment and Energy's online Climate Active certification platform.  Follow the steps in the Quick Reference Guide.

Step 3: Register your business on the platform.

Step 4: Click on the Climate Active tile and follow the prompts.

Guidance documents

The process for certification varies slightly depending on what you want to certify. The following documents will help get you started.