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Standards & Transparency

Carbonzero has been independently recognized as the top provider of Made-in-Canada carbon offsets by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute.

Carbonzero’s Signature Offset Portfolio is sourced from projects which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the local communities in which they are originated. All Carbonzero offsets are additional, quantified, verified by independent third parties and registered on the Canadian Standards Association,

We provide clients with a variety of offset projects which are governed by internationally recognized standards.

Carbonzero Offset Portfolio

Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard

The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) is a partnership between leading companies, NGOs and research institutes seeking to promote integrated solutions to land management around the world. With this goal in mind, the CCB has developed voluntary standards to help design and identify land management activities that simultaneously minimize climate change, support sustainable development and conserve biodiversity.

ISO 14064-2 Specification

ISO 14064-2 specifies principles and requirements and provides guidance at the project level for quantification, monitoring and reporting of activities intended to cause greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions or removal enhancements. It includes requirements for planning a GHG project, identifying and selecting GHG sources, sinks and reservoirs relevant to the project and baseline scenario, monitoring, quantifying, documenting and reporting GHG project performance and managing data quality.

Carbonzero’s Signature Portfolio includes high-quality, ISO-based offsets in addition to CCBA, and VER+, and can build a customized carbon offset portfolio to meet your needs. Each of the carbon offset standards listed below are subject to three components:

  • Accounting Standards
  • Monitoring, Verification and Certification Standards
  • Registration and Enforcement Systems
Carbonzero offset cost distribution

The proportion and distribution of your investment varies according to the project type and standard associated with each offset project. Additional costs to consider when purchasing carbon offsets are advertising, broker fees, outreach, staff salaries and operating costs, among others. Please see the chart below for our average offset cost distribution:

GHG accounting protocols

Carbonzero utilizes international standards when we undertake a complete, consistent, accurate and transparent account of an organization’s carbon footprint. These standards are widely used by greenhouse gas emissions experts across the world. These accounting protocols are known as ISO-14064-1 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Accounting Protocol. Both standards are complimentary to one another.

CAN/CSA ISO 14064

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) publishes international standards on a variety of subjects every year. Carbonzero utilizes the framework greenhouse gases for the following sections that are outlined in ISO-14064 and associated with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA):

  • ISO 14064-1: Specifies the principles and requirements at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. It includes requirements for the design, development, management, reporting and verification of an organization’s GHG inventory.
  • ISO 14064-3: Specifies principles and requirements and provides guidance for those conducting or managing the validation and/or verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) assertions. It can be applied to organizational or GHG project quantification, including GHG quantification, monitoring and reporting carried out in accordance with ISO 14064-1 or ISO 14064-2. This is done through specific requirements for selecting GHG validators/verifiers, establishing the level of assurance, objectives, criteria and scope, determining the validation/verification approach, assessing GHG data, information, information systems and controls, evaluating GHG assertions and preparing validation/verification statements.

World Resource Institute (WRI/WBSCD GHG Accounting Protocol)

The main goal of WRI is to protect the global climatic system from further harm caused from greenhouse gas emissions, and assist in human adaptation to climate change that seems to be unavoidable. WRI created the most widely used accounting tool, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), for governments, educational groups and business to understand, quantify, and manage GHG emissions. Included in these accounting procedures are credible and effective emissions accounting and reduction programs that can be used for addressing and minimizing climate change.

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