Certification is achieved through a five-step protocol - a voluntary pathway that leads businesses to achieving independently-verified carbon neutral certification.
This involves quantifying your business carbon footprint, setting and meeting reduction targets, offsetting unavoidable emissions, achieving certification and finally publicising the results. Smaller businesses such as franchised car repair workshops are leading the way in becoming certified ‘carbon neutral’.
Becoming certified as ‘carbon neutral’ not only demonstrates that a business is in action on the challenge of climate change – it also shows it is helping support a range of important economic, social and environmental benefits for less advantaged communities around the world.
Businesses or organisations that adopt the protocol and pass the certification standard also benefit from using the BP Carbon Neutral certification trademark in their marketing materials.
Working towards certification is entirely voluntary, but the protocol’s framework can help businesses comply with local regulation and legislation wherever they operate. The methodology - reviewed and assured by Climate Check - takes the best of global standards but is packaged into an easy to use format specially designed for small and medium sized business.
That’s where bp Target Neutral’s protocol of ‘five steps to certification’ comes in – quantifying the business carbon footprint, setting and meeting reduction targets, offsetting unavoidable emissions, achieving certification and finally publicising the results.
Mr. Antonio Gomez owner and CEO of Grupo Motor Gomez VW dealership in Spain
Getting started on the carbon neutral cycle requires commitment at every level of an organisation. Once the measuring and monitoring mechanisms are in place, and the reporting schedule is established, the whole process then becomes very straightforward.
Each of the five steps in the cycle must be completed to attain certification, and then repeated annually to retain certification. Continuous use of the ‘carbon neutral’ trademark is subject to successful application every two years.
bp Carbon Neutral certification is an effective way for small and medium businesses to kick-start a long-term carbon reduction programme that helps drive efficiencies, enhances brand and customer offers, motivates staff and creates competitive advantage.