The CarbonNeutral Protocol Index

The first step is to clearly define the subject that will be certified CarbonNeutral®. The subject is the entity, product or activity being certified CarbonNeutral® and may be distinct from the client.

Requirements/recommendations

The subject to which The CarbonNeutral Protocol is being applied must be clearly defined, by name and by description of the relevant legal and/ or physical boundaries. The duration of a CarbonNeutral® certification must also be defined. Where applicable, a start date should be defined.

The CarbonNeutral® certification to be applied must also be defined and must be compatible with the subject. The definition of the subject and the certification must be recorded by the CarbonNeutral certifier and the information retained for the purpose of auditing.

See Annex E, and Appendix 1 for further guidance and clarification.

CarbonNeutral® Certifications and their Emission Sources

To provide consistency across a wide range of possible situations, The Protocol provides for a number of different CarbonNeutral® certifications corresponding to different possible entities, products and activities.

These certifications are grouped into three classes:

Entities: Defined by legal status and spatial boundaries, covering all types of organisations, including companies and public sector bodies, households, individuals and sub-divisions of these.

Products: Physical goods produced for sale. Products include standard consumer goods such as milk, paper or computers, or single-use or custom-built products such as buildings or urban developments.

Activities: Defined by the delivery of utility through a combination of mobile and stationary activities, including traditional transportation services (flights, car journeys, logistics etc), information provision such as hosting of data, or professional services, and one-off events that involve a combination of mobile and stationary activities.

The following Tables 2, 3 and 4, organised by certification class, specify required and recommended emission sources to be included in a subject’s GHG assessment and CarbonNeutral® certification.

CarbonNeutral® Certification Types

Table 1: CarbonNeutral® Certification Types

CarbonNeutral® Entity Certifications – Required GHG Emissions Sources

Table 2: CarbonNeutral® Entity Certifications – Required GHG Emissions Sources

CarbonNeutral® Product Certifications - Required GHG Emissions Sources

Table 3: CarbonNeutral® Product Certifications - Required GHG Emissions Sources

CarbonNeutral® Activity Certifications – Required GHG Emissions Sources

Table 4: CarbonNeutral® Activity Certifications – Required GHG Emissions Sources