How does the standard work?

The Climate Standard focuses on actual results, not just good intentions. Fulfilling the criteria requires ongoing commitment, not a judgement at a single point in time.

The Climate Standard gives recognition to each of the three components of the carbon management process: Measuring, Reducing and Offsetting.

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Robust procedures for measuring carbon footprints have been developed and published by the GHG protocol. This specifies how to define operational and organisational boundaries, as well as how to ensure that calculations are accurate, relevant, complete and conservative. The first level of the Climate Standard recognises that a given corporation has followed the GHG protocol and reported an accurate, third party verified, carbon footprint. This footprint is stored in the Climate Standard registry.


The second level of the Climate Standard is awarded to organisations that demonstrate real reductions on their reported baseline emissions with well defined strategies over specified time intervals.


There are already internationally recognised carbon credit systems for offsetting residual carbon emissions. The third and final level of the Climate Standard recognises organisations that have completed level 1 and 2 and, furthermore, offset their residual emissions with GS, VCS, CDM and other internationally recognised carbon credits.


Working with the Climate Standard:

  • Brings international legitimacy to your carbon management claims
  • Provides marketing leaverage through the use of the CS brand
  • Provides public exposure of your commitment through the Climate Standard Registry
  • Affords you help and advice on how to best benefit from advertising claims

To find out more, contact us.