Ahead of climate talks in Paris, the Government is working to increase participation in the Carbon Neutral Program by boosting opportunities for participants and enhancing consumer recognition of carbon neutral leaders.
“The Australian Government has entered into an agreement with the Carbon Market Institute to provide information on the Carbon Neutral Program via a series of industry roadshows and targeted information sessions,” said Minister Hunt.
“The Carbon Neutral Program certifies organisations, products, services and events. Just like the ‘heart foundation tick’, consumers can choose to purchase carbon neutral products or services.”
“The Carbon Neutral Program is a great way for businesses large and small to be recognised for their climate change commitment.”
The Carbon Market Institute’s extensive networks will be leveraged by providing Carbon Neutral Program news and other events to the business community.
Organisations like Qantas, Virgin Australia, ANZ and the Melbourne City Council offset around a million tonnes of emissions per annum under the Carbon Neutral Program.
Many smaller businesses are also getting involved – just this week Ross Hill Wines in Orange achieved certification.
“The Carbon Market Institute is excited to work in partnership with the Department of Environment to increase awareness of the benefits to industry of going carbon neutral,” said Peter Castellas, CEO of the Carbon Market Institute.
“Joining the Carbon Neutral Program is a great way for companies to demonstrate to consumers, suppliers and staff their commitment to voluntarily managing their emissions profile.”
The Government is also making it easier to participate in the scheme by releasing new versions of the National Carbon Offset Standard and the Carbon Neutral Program Guidelines. These are rigorous benchmarks for carbon accounting and offsetting which organisations must meet in order to participate in the Carbon Neutral Program.
The Government recognises that the National Carbon Offset Standard will continually evolve and expand over time. In 2016 the Government will further review the eligibility of new types of offset units to ensure that carbon neutral organisations have access to high quality units.