The carboNZeroCertTM programme (including CEMARS™ and the Small Enterprise Certification programme) has become the world’s first greenhouse gas certification scheme to receive international accreditation under the auspices of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). See JAS-ANZ article »
The international accreditation has been awarded by the Joint Accreditation System – Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) which is an international accreditation body established by a treaty between the New Zealand and Australian governments and linked through the IAF which promotes mutual acceptance of certification to common international standards.
JAS-ANZ accreditation is a critical part of the carboNZero programme’s plans to ensure its certification has the highest level of credibility and integrity.
This accreditation represents a number of significant milestones for the carboNZero programme and for New Zealand in general, namely;
CEMARS has been recognised bythe UK Environment Agency as a Carbon Trust Equivalent scheme under the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme. The recognition has been awarded for CEMARS as operated under license by our partner Achilles Information Limited.
The Environment Agency's decision was made on 14 May 2010 and confirmed that CEMARS met or exceeded each of the Carbon Trust Standard equivalence criteria specified in the Statutory Guidance issued by the Secretary of State to the Environment Agency under Section 51 of the Climate Change Act 2008.CEMARS was the first greenhouse gas certification scheme to be recognised in this way.
Our CEMARS certification scheme has been approved by the world’s largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting agency, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), as a suitable standard for verification of greenhouse gas information submitted to the CDP by global companies.The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that each year asks almost 6000 of the world’s largest companies to report on their climate strategies, GHG emissions, and energy use. Information submitted to the CDP is scored for benchmarking purposes and this includes points for gaining independent verification of GHG claims. So basically, the CDP provides a ‘league table’ of the world’s biggest GHG emitters setting out how much carbon they’re producing and what they’re doing to reduce it
It is important for businesses to understand their emissions profile or carbon footprint. Measuring the footprint reveals opportunities to address inefficiencies and boost financial returns as well as make a positive environmental choice.
Because organisations and products are being compared by shareholders, stakeholders and markets on the basis of what their footprint is then they need assurances that everybody is being measured against a standard that has been verified so there are no misleading claims in the market. CEMARS and carboNZero certification provide this.
Our JAS-ANZ accreditation provides export clients with assurance that we’re accredited by a body that all their overseas markets recognise. Furthermore, it provides clients with assurances that their certification meets the requirements of international standards and is recognised in 50 major world economies.
Endorsement by the UK Government's environmental regulator means that UK organisations participating in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme now have a choice between approved providers when seeking greenhouse gas certification.
Approval of CEMARS as a verification standard by the Carbon Reduction Commitment means that clients can submit their verified CEMARS inventory knowing that the scheme is recognised by the CDP.
Our CEMARS and carboNZero certification options offer a robust framework for businesses throughout the world to measure and report their carbon footprint with confidence and credibility.