How? | Four Steps

  1. Calculate your (product) carbon footprint according to the defined organizational & operational boundaries and define the ‘baseline’.
  2. Define the annual CO2-reduction target, CO2 reduction plan. Measure and monitor the reduction progress: Plan – Do – Check – Act.
  3. Offset the emissions that remains with allowed carbon credits. Investments in an emission reduction projects within the supply chain of the certified product are also possible. This is called insetting.
  4. Get Certified. Arrange the audit by an independent auditor (Certification Body) . If you reduced more CO2 emissions than the annual target requires, you may qualify for an audit exemption for one year.

How? | Step 2
Carbon Footprint

Calculate your (product) carbon footprint according to the defined scope & boundaries. For product this is also known as PCF or Carbon Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

  • Organisation: all own scope 1 & 2 CO2eq emissions + non-attributable scope 3 CO2eq emissions
  • Product or Service: all attributable scope 3 CO2eq emissions + proportional scope 1 & 2 CO2eq emissions
  • Ensure you use permitted Footprint Calculation Methods and permitted Emission Factor Sources & Secondary Data Sources.

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How? | Step 2

Define you annual Reduction Target to reach Net Zero in 2050 and 49% reduction in 2030 for certify your organisation and 25% reduction in 2030 for certifying product and services. Then develop a quantified Internal GHG Reduction Plan, that is sufficiently ambitious to achieve the annual Reduction Target.

  • Define GHG reduction measures and activities for the short, medium and long run.
  • For each activity/measure the following must be specified: planning, resources and budget, owners and, number of reductions (in CO2eq) expected.
  • Available tools and templates: Reduction Calculation Tool, Reduction Plan Template and the Sector Benchmark Tool.

How? | Step 3

Time to offset the CO2-emissions that remains. Offsetting or compensation gradually decrease each year when more reduction measures become effective.

  • Choose offsetting projects which are compliant with standards, endorsed by the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), e.g., Gold Standard or VCS.
  • Carefully select carbon offsetting projects, whether that is around avoidance or removal. Are all considered a necessary part of the solution.
  • Which SDG’s do your company want to support or in which countries can help you to make choices that fits your company the best? E.g., the countries in your supplychain.
  • The Program allows ‘Insetting’ for product certification: investments in emission reduction projects or initiatives within the perimeter of the supply chain of the certified product. Think of regenerative agriculture or carbon farming.

How? | Step 4

Ensure that the above is is anchored, in headlines, in the zero strategy of your organisation that is supported by the board e.g., a Climate Policy Document and a Quality Management System is available to secure all processes for responsible departments and persons and budget allocations to have all an effective ‘Plan – Do – Check- Act’ cycle.

  • In order check if you are ‘ready to Audit’, a pre-assessment is recommended to test if the objectives have been achieved.
  • A Pre-Assessment tool (Audit checklist) is available  to test yourself against the standard. Hiring in an expert consultant is also a good idea. This saves time and gives confidence to start the formal audit.
  • If you are Audit ready, you need to arrange the Audit via accredited Certification Bodies.
  • The Audits will take place yearly with intermittent on-site and desk-reviews.
  • Exemptions on this frequency can be made in case of a very small carbon footprint and for good, ‘over’, performers.

After a positive decision of the Certification Body, you are allowed to use the registered logo – the ‘Climate Neutral Certified’ Trademark and make ‘On-Pack’ and ‘Off-Pack’ Climate Neutral Certified claims. Now it is time to start communications and public reporting according to the Trademark & Claims Policy.


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