The CarbonNeutral Protocol Index

This guidance aims to clarify how CarbonNeutral certification relates to claims of 100% renewable electricity.

Claims of 100% renewable electricity are not within the scope of The CarbonNeutral Protocol and CarbonNeutral certifications.

However, as set out in Technical Specification 4.1.2, Approved EAC Standards, entities can purchase and retire EACs to zero-rate their market-based Scope 2 emissions under the provisions of GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance. This approach to linking energy consumed to renewable sources may support claims of 100% renewable electricity. Clients seeking to make such claims are encouraged to consult RE100 and RECS International guidance.

We anticipate that definitions of 100% renewable electricity will be refined with time and application, and this guidance will be updated in subsequent revisions to the Protocol.

Further information can be found at:

RE100, 2020, 2020 Target Year Communications – Making Transparent Claims, link

RECS International, 2020, Maximising the reliability and impact of buying renewables: guidance for market participants, link