Carbon Neutrality & Climate Active

The Australian Government certification

School composting program. Corinda State High School, Brisbane - Climate Active certified
Composting project at Corinda State High School, Brisbane. First Climate Active-certified school.

We have worked with the Australian Government’s carbon neutral programs since inception. Today, we are proud to call more than half of the successful participants our clients. We helped many of those to become first in their sector – a recognition of climate change leadership. See our list of industry ‘firsts’ right here.

Whilst there are other programs available, importantly for authenticity, the Climate Active program (formerly the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS)) is the only Australian Government endorsed carbon neutral certification. Here’s how the program works.

Diagram: How Climate Active works.

Joining the climate leaders

Your approach to certification is up to you. You may certify your entire organisation, your building or your precinct. Many of our clients take a staged approach, certifying products, services, or events. Pangolin has seven Registered Consultants for Climate Active Certifications across five categories.

See all that can be certified on the Climate Active website.

Many more on board as of early 2020

There is a rapidly growing interest, and an increasing sense of urgency in carbon neutrality under the Australian Government-recognised certification. As of February 2020 there are 138 certifications across 91 entities. This is a 70% increase in 12 months. Here is more information:

Need to know for Climate Active and how we can help:

Your Climate Active application

Talk to us about the technical aspects of your Climate Active application. We will take you through the essential steps:

  • Measure your footprint. Know how much and what you need to reduce. Talk to us about a Greenhouse Gas Assessment and an Energy Audit.
  • Reduce your emissions. Put an Emissions Management Plan (EMP) in place. We provide detailed recommendations for reducing your impact on the environment.
  • Offset emissions you cannot reduce. We purchase and retire certified carbon credits on your behalf.
  • Verify your documentation. If you have already achieved the above, we can independently verify your Climate Active documentation.

Climate Active regulations are stringent. It is important to understand the requirements before developing your carbon neutrality plan. Talk to us for more information.

Carbon neutrality – the basics

Becoming a net zero carbon business, here’s how

You can apply for carbon neutral certification under Climate Active when your organisation’s net emissions are zero. Achieving carbon neutrality is a combination of measuring, reducing, and offsetting emissions.

Certifying just part of your business

All or a part of your business may become carbon neutral under the Climate Active program, e.g. business operations, specific products or services, or an event. Applications for certification under Climate Active involves:

  1. Measuring your carbon footprint
  2. Preparing a Public Disclosure Summary including an emissions reduction strategy
  3. Offsetting emissions you cannot eliminate through Climate Active approved carbon credits
  4. Verification of the above
  5. Submitting the application and fees

Third party verifications

The entity that undertakes step 5 above must be independent from the other points.

Logo: Climate Active.Using the Climate Active logo and for how long

You can use the Climate Active logo under license once certified carbon neutral.

There are strict guidelines for use. Carbon neutral certification is valid for a 5-year period. See more on certification and using the Climate Active trademark.

Why choose Pangolin Associates

Highly accredited

Logo. Pangolin Associates is a Climate Active registered consultant.Our auditors are registered under the Clean Energy Regulator’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (NGER). This meets strict Climate Active verification requirements. We have seven registered consultants at Pangolin Associates for Climate Active Certifications across five categories. We have helped more than half of all certified organisations through the program to date.

Also see our compliance and accreditations.

Range of experience

We have worked with a range of organisations in Australia seeking carbon neutral certification: from ASX listed to smaller service-based companies, including manufacturers and local government. We can provide:

  • Greenhouse Gas Assessments (carbon footprints). Read about our comprehensive assessments.
  • Verifications for Greenhouse Gas Assessments, Emissions Management Plans (EMPs) and Public Disclosure Summaries. We provide Climate Active (formerly NCOS) verifications. Alternatively, if we have done the work for you, another party will easily verify our reports. Our auditors are NGER registered (National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act).
  • Purchase and retirement of certified carbon credits. We are one of the few carbon management providers with transparent and highly visible carbon offsetting practices.

Need more information? To simplify the steps, request our free Climate Active Process Guide.

Ask our clients!

We are happy to provide references. Contact us for a free consultation on Climate Active.

Frasers Property Australia: Pangolin Associates was incredibly helpful in guiding us as we navigated the complexities of achieving carbon neutrality for the first time. The team was knowledgeable, patient and had established relationships with all other relevant parties and organisations, including with the Department of the Environment and Energy. I would feel very comfortable to recommend them, and we are already looking at ways to work with them further! Olivia Leal-Walker, Sustainability Coordinator, Frasers Property Australia Read the Frasers Property case study.

Ross Hill Wine Group: Ross Hill has become the first and only certified carbon neutral winery in Australia. This has been achieved by the hard work and experience from the team at Pangolin Associates. To become carbon neutral has been a goal for the Robson Family for a long time, our philosophy is to basically have as small a footprint on the earth as possible. With a 38KW solar panel and then energy reduction strategies we have been able to achieve our goal. It would not have been possible with out Pangolin who have been very passionate and diligent in their advice and also steering us through the regulations of becoming carbon neutral. James Robson, Owner, Ross Hill Wines – Read the Ross Hill case study.

Find Federal Government Climate Active case studies:

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Carbon Credit Projects

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