Carbon Market Institute

CERTIFIED CARBON NEUTRAL WITH 100% AUSTRALIAN CARBON CREDIT UNITS – SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN OFFSET PROJECTS, OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

The Carbon Market Institute (CMI) is an independent industry association for business leading the transition to net-zero emissions. We represent over 90 corporate and associate members including multi-nationals and from Australia and New Zealand. Members come from a diverse range of sectors, including emissions intensive industries, financiers, market solution advisers, professional services, and technology providers. Our mission is to help business manage risks and capitalise on opportunities in the transition to a net-zero emissions economy.

“Certification can have a meaningful impact on your operations, the climate, your brand and your reputation.”

Type of certification

Organisation 

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Since December 2020.

Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?

Being genuinely Climate Active will require most businesses to be negative emissions by 2050 as we decarbonise hard to abate sectors. CMI is committing now to an additional 10% emissions offset to go beyond carbon neutral and be net-negative in its first certification year. In doing so, we are contributing to climate repair now and helping build towards the requirement to achieve net-negative emissions globally by the second half of this century to help limit average global temperature rise to 1.5°C. It also further aligns our actions with our 2050 vision for a prosperous, climate-resilient, net-zero emissions world.

What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

As a Climate Active organisation, CMI and its employees are now increasingly looking at ways to engage with other Climate Active brands for both commercial and personal reasons. Through certification, we have also been able to improve our own data management and record keeping systems, and better understand the environmental impact of our operations and activities. Certification also presents an additional opportunity for CMI to further engage with our growing network of members on their emissions reduction strategies and best-practice market approaches for managing climate change, encouraging further investment in both local and regional carbon markets with high integrity.

What offset projects do you support?

A Tiwi Islands savanna burning project.  

Why did you choose this project?

CMI chose to offset its base year emissions using Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) from a project in the Tiwi Islands, which are part of the Northern Territory, located 80km to the north of Darwin adjoining the Timor Sea. The project involves strategic and planned burning of savanna areas in the high rainfall zones during the early dry season to reduce the risk of late dry season wildfires that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases.

In addition to the avoided emissions, this project also delivers a number of environmental, indigenous and social co-benefits, which was an important factor in our offset selection process. These co-benefits include additional employment opportunities and income for local Tiwi people, protection of local flora and fauna as well as sacred sites and cultural heritage areas of significance, and continued education and transfer of traditional ecological knowledge by senior rangers to Tiwi College students.   

How can the community support you?

Engage with CMI and its activities through membership of our organisation and participation at our various forums and events (including of course our annual Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit – the premier business and climate event for business leaders and professionals, which is also a certified Climate Active event!).

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

CMI advocates for increased ambition, cooperation, and investment in the transition to a net-zero emissions economy. We continue to engage with our members, government and stakeholders to develop independent, evidence-based policy and investment solutions for public policy and voluntary carbon market activity.

We are also continuing to measure and disclosure our organisation’s operational emissions on an annual basis, seeking ongoing certification under the Climate Active program, and taking measures to reduce energy consumption, waste and water in all our business operations and activities – both at the office and during off-site business meetings and events.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Our advice is simple – be Climate Active!

Climate Active is a recognised Australian brand, engaging large corporate entities, small to medium sized enterprises, and everyday consumers. Certification can have a meaningful impact on your operations, the climate, your brand and your reputation. Being Climate Active provides organisations with the opportunity to engage with a growing number of certified brands, whose collective impact goes beyond emissions reductions – it engages people, connects communities and creates lasting change in behaviours and attitudes in the transition to a net-zero emissions world.

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2020

PUBLICATION DATE:
2021-09-29

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2019

PUBLICATION DATE:
2020-12-02

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Public Disclosure Statement

6th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit 8-9 May 2019

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Event

YEAR

2019

PUBLICATION DATE:
2021-02-09

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Public Disclosure Statement

5th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit 1-2 May 2018

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Event

YEAR

2018

PUBLICATION DATE:
2021-02-09

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Public Disclosure Statement

4th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit 2-3 May 2017

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Event

YEAR

2017

PUBLICATION DATE:
2021-02-09

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