On a number of occasions, we have been asked: What is the difference between climate neutral and carbon neutral? Climate Neutral is the same concept as Carbon Neutral, however it extends to zero net anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (including emissions beyond carbon dioxide).
From the inception of Auva, this was one of our goals as part of our environmental commitment, so we are delighted to have achieved this status.
Graham O’Geran Business Development Officer said; “We audit a large number of companies each year to ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems and felt it essential that our activities do not have a negative impact on the environment. The past 18 months have been abnormal as we have not been flying and conducting our audits remotely, so we didn’t have a typical years emissions to offset, however we will maintain this status as we return to onsite audits and will ensure our reduction plan is fully executed. We urge all ISO certified companies to only consider using certification bodies that are actively striving to lower their carbon footprint with an ultimate goal of achieving a zero if not positive status. It is lovely to know that all of our activities for the past year have been offset, and hopefully our competitors will follow suit.”
Climate Neutral’s certification is based on internationally recognized standards for carbon measurement, neutrality, and offsetting. Each brand must measure Scope 1, 2, and 3 cradle-to-customer greenhouse gas emissions for the prior calendar year. Then a brand must buy verified carbon credits to offset its entire footprint. This directs investment into critical carbon sequestration projects such as forest conservation, renewable energy, and carbon capture technologies. Finally, brands commit to a reduction action plan to cut future emissions within a 12-24 month timeline, reporting progress on those plans annually. All of the brand’s data is publicly available on Climate Neutral’s website. The process is repeated annually when companies must re-certify.
“Auva Certification and our other Climate Neutral Certified brands are leading the global shift to a net-zero economy by doing what all companies should be doing immediately: measuring, offsetting, and reducing their carbon emissions,” says Climate Neutral CEO, Austin Whitman. “Our label helps consumers identify these brands. It’s a recognizable and trusted symbol that turns everyday purchases into meaningfully positive climate action.”
Learn more about Climate Neutral and browse all of the certified brands at climateneutral.org.