CSA Launches Carbon Neutral Program to Help Organizations and Building Owners Demonstrate Carbon Neutrality

Date: July 20, 2011
Location: Global
CSA Standards, a leading standards-based solutions organization, today officially announces the launch of the CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Program. This new program provides organizations and building owners with a credible, transparent process by which to declare their carbon neutrality and receive recognition in the program registry, as well as authorized use of the new program label.
“The authorized use of the CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Label signifies that the organization has voluntarily determined its carbon footprint and offset GHG emissions,” says Bonnie Rose, President, CSA Standards. “CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Program recognition will help provide additional credibility and confidence to an organization’s environmental marketing claims.”
Carbon neutrality is the achievement of zero net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a specified organization or building. This is achieved by measuring GHG emissions and then (for all emissions identified) offsetting them through the retirement of an equivalent amount of qualifying verified emissions reductions or removals. Carbon neutral is not the same as having zero emissions.
The CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Label applies to a single calendar year. Under the program, the applicant has an option to obtain the following labels, as applicable:
CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Organization
CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Building
Tenants of a CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Building
The CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Program is based on the ISO 14064 GHG quantification, reporting and verification standards.
CSA has provided leadership to the development of international environmental and sustainability standards for more than 25 years. It has developed a solid reputation for the provision of standards-based solutions and training on these matters. Through its central role in the development of the ISO 14064 GHG standards to the development of numerous climate change services, CSA has established international presence and expertise in GHG management. The CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Program builds on and leverages this expertise to assist building owners and organizations in demonstrating and communicating their commitment to environmental leadership to their customers and stakeholders.
CSA will be officially accepting entrants for the CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Program and the related registry beginning in August. To learn more about the CSA Registered Carbon Neutral™ Program, please contact carbon-neutral@csa.ca or call 877-235-9791 extension 88396.
For more information, please visit csa.ca/carbon-neutral
CSA Standards is a leading standards-based solutions organization serving industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in North America and the global marketplace. Focusing on standards and codes development, application products, training, advisory and personnel certification services, the organization aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life, preserve the environment and facilitate trade. CSA Standards is a division of CSA Group, which also consists of CSA International, which provides testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and manufacturers. For more information visit www.csa.ca

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