The Carbon Trust Standard is a voluntary certification and mark of excellence that enables all organisations to demonstrate their success in cutting their carbon footprint and gain a competitive advantage.
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Carbon Trust Standard
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Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard publicly recognises your efforts in reducing carbon emissions and provides tangible proof to your employees, shareholders as well as customers and suppliers that you are committed to making future reductions. Having certified the carbon reduction of hundreds of organisations, Carbon Trust Certification is widely considered as the world's leading certifier of organisational carbon footprint reduction.
Our Standard Bearers range from large multinational organisations to small organisations, all proud to bear the Carbon Trust Standard logo. If you are one of our Standard Bearers and would like to learn how you can use the Carbon Trust Standard logo to communicate with customers, stakeholders and employees, see how some of our other Standard Bearers are using the logo: Carbon Trust Standard logo usage examples (PDF).
To achieve the Carbon Trust Standard you will need to meet three criteria:
- Provide an accurate footprint measurement including all required emission sources.
- Demonstrate an absolute reduction of your footprint or equivalent relative efficiency improvement.
- Demonstrate good carbon management to our standard including carbon governance, accounting, reduction methods and targets.
You will need to submit your application for review by an independent assessor using the following tools:
The Carbon Trust Standard carbon footprint spreadsheet (.xls) can be used to record your organisation's carbon footprint and the reduction in this footprint over time. The methodology has been developed for the Carbon Trust Standard and follows the principles outlined in the GHG protocol, with all carbon emissions calculated using government-produced emissions factors (in the UK factors published by Defra are used).
Use the assessment form (.doc) to document whether your organisation meets the required carbon management standards. In order to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard an overall score of at least 60% is required in this section.
Assessment - During initial discussions you will choose one of two types of assessment:
Certification only: If you have a simple footprint, all the information and evidence to support your application and can complete your own assessment form.
Assisted certification: If you think you need some help in collating and presenting the data and completing the assessment form then we can provide some additional support. The assessor will spend more time working with you to help in completing the assessment form as well as assessing compliance with the Standard.
In both services an independent assessor will assess your organisation's carbon reduction activities against the Standard. This assessment will include visiting your organisation, and verifying the evidence contained in the application
Moderation - If the assessor believes your organisation meets the Standard, the assessor will pass your application for moderation. Independent moderators will review each assessment to verify the conclusions.
Certification - On successful assessment Carbon Trust Certification will certify your organisation, division or site and award your organisation with a certificate. Your organisation will then be able to use the Carbon Trust Standard logo to prove your performance in cutting carbon emissions.
How to apply
If you are interested in achieving the Carbon Trust Standard then please complete our enquiry form, or call us on +44 (0)207 832 4655.
Looking for an assessment outside of the UK? Carbon Trust Certification has established an international network of Affiliates with leading certification companies and carbon experts. Our selected affiliates are approved to deliver the Carbon Trust Standard, subject to Carbon Trust quality control. Please contact our Affiliates directly to explore certification in the countries listed below.
For multi-national certification enquiries or countries not listed below please contact Carbon Trust Certification directly on 020 7832 4655 or email@example.com. We will be pleased provide a bespoke quotation.
CTI International Certification Co.
CTI is a publicly listed Chinese company providing testing and certification services throughout China.
Contact: Sangem Hsu
Phone: +86 755 827 21888
Korea Productivity Center
KPC provides research, consulting and certification with the aim of strengthening Korea's competitiveness in business.
Website: www.kpc.or.kr / www.smcenter.or.kr
Contact: Jeong-Seok Seo
Phone: +82 02 724 1886
Vireo offers Italian companies the best international environmental certifications, including the Carbon Trust Standard and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications.
Contact: Luigi Mazzaglia
Phone: +39 049 875 3687
Carbon Decisions is an Irish consulting company that specialises in organisational and product carbon footprinting, and energy reduction.
Contact: John Walsh
Phone: +353 01 716 3560
We also provide independent assurance of corporate carbon footprint data. Organisations displaying the Carbon Trust measured logo have genuinely measured an accurate carbon footprint in line with international best practice. Communicate your carbon footprint to your stakeholders with credibility and confidence through a robust and independent assessment by us.
Assessment Criteria and Process
To achieve Carbon Trust ‘Measured’ status you will need to meet the footprint measurement criteria of the Carbon Trust Standard methodology. During the assessment process, an independent assessor will review your carbon footprint data. The carbon footprint must have been measured accurately and comply with international best practice in carbon accounting. This assessment will include visiting your organisation, and verifying the evidence contained in the application.
On successful assessment Carbon Trust Certification Limited will issue a verification letter, providing details of your verified footprint. Your organisation will then be able to use the Carbon Trust Measured logo to prove the credibility of your carbon footprint.
Whether you are submitting data to CDP or preparing your annual report, independent verification will add authority to your carbon disclosure.
The cost of verification depends on the energy bill of your organisation and the complexity of your footprint. Our account managers would be pleased to give you a quote.
Getting in touch
For further information, or to apply for Verification please either, call 020 7832 4655 to register your interest OR complete the enquiry form and submit it.
We can talk through your organisation's requirements, and advise you on how best to proceed. Once you have decided to go ahead and apply for the Verification, we will send you a proposal and arrange to start the assessment process.
Interested in becoming an Affiliate?
Please complete our enquiry form, or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org