Why Hiring a Consultant is Your Best Bet for Climate Active Certification in Australia
In the age of climate change, Australian businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of decarbonizing their operations and reducing energy costs through energy efficiency projects. Climate Active is an accreditation program for Australian companies to certify their organisations, products, services, events, buildings or precincts as carbon neutral. The program is backed and administered by the Australian government. Companies have to measure their scope 1, 2 and material scope 3 emissions, reduce where possible and offset the remainder by purchasing and retiring offsets. Allowed offsets are LGCs for scope 2 and ACCUs, CERs, RMUs, VCUs or VERs for scope 1 or 3 emissions. Annual reporting is required and published on the Climate Active website. certification is one of the most reputable ways to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality. However, navigating the complex world of carbon accounting and certification can be challenging. That’s where consultants like Northmore Gordon come into play. In this article, we’ll explore why it’s best to engage a consultant to help you become Climate Active certified in Australia.
The Road to Climate Active Certification
Becoming Climate Active certified is a multi-step process that requires a deep understanding of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, and sustainability practices. Here’s a breakdown of the steps involved:
Engage Northmore Gordon as Your Climate Consultant
A dedicated certified consultant will be assigned to guide you through the entire carbon neutrality process, offering comprehensive support every step of the way.
Register Your Company
Upon submitting your registration form, Northmore Gordon takes charge of the application process. Prepares all documentation, submits on your behalf and makes any changes after Climate Active’s review.
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
One of the pivotal aspects of Climate Active certification is understanding and quantifying your greenhouse gas (Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere. They all have different global warming potentials (GWP) over different time frames, the higher the number, the worse the impact. For simplicity of accounting everything is referenced back to carbon dioxide which has a global warming potential of 1. There are over 200 GHGs listed in the IPCC fifth assessment report, a sample are below. Note that in current carbon accounting standards the 100 year GWP is used. Greenhouse gas 20 year GWP100 year GWPCarbon dioxide CO211Methane CH48428Hydrofluorocarbon HFC-134a37101300Chlorofluorocarbon CFC-1169004660Nitrous Oxide N2O264265Sulfur hexafluoride SF617,50023,500 More) emissions. Northmore Gordon’s expertise comes into play as they conduct a carbon footprint calculation. This step can be further enhanced by opting for an Energy Audit, which helps identify opportunities to reduce both energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Develop a Tailored Reduction Strategy
Northmore Gordon creates a customised strategy that aligns with your business goals. This strategy is designed to reduce your environmental impact and help you achieve your emission reduction objectives.
Validation is a rigorous process that requires meticulous documentation and adherence to Climate Active’s stringent standards. Your consultant, Northmore Gordon, guides you through this process, ensuring that all necessary criteria are met.
Identify and Purchase Offsets
Offsetting unavoidable emissions is a critical component of the certification process. Northmore Gordon assists in identifying appropriate offset projects and facilitates their purchase, ensuring that your carbon neutrality claim is supported by tangible actions.
Manage the Certification Process
Upon successful validation, Northmore Gordon takes on the responsibility of managing the certification process. This includes overseeing the publication of your public disclosure statement on Climate Active’s website.
Streamline Annual Compliance
Becoming Climate Active certified is an ongoing commitment. Northmore Gordon helps you navigate the annual compliance process, ensuring that your certification remains valid and up-to-date.
Why Choose Northmore Gordon?
So, why should Australian businesses looking to decarbonize and reduce energy costs choose Northmore Gordon as their consultant for Climate Active certification?
- Expertise: Northmore Gordon boasts a team of experts with a deep understanding of climate science, energy efficiency, and sustainability practices
- Comprehensive Support: From start to finish, Northmore Gordon provides comprehensive support, making the certification process seamless and stress-free for businesses
- Customized Solutions: Every business is unique, and Northmore Gordon tailors their strategies to align with your specific goals and challenges
- Ongoing Assistance: With Northmore Gordon, your commitment to sustainability doesn’t end with certification. They ensure that you remain compliant year after year
Achieving Climate Active certification is a testament to your commitment to combat climate change and reduce energy costs in Australia. However, the certification path is complex and requires specialized knowledge and experience. By engaging Northmore Gordon as your climate consultant, you gain a valuable partner on your journey to sustainability, making the process efficient, effective, and successful. Take the first step today and lead your business towards a more sustainable and climate-friendly future.