The National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) Carbon Neutral Program allows the Australian operations of organisations products or events to be certified as carbon neutral. This means that net emissions for the certified activities are equal to zero. The Program is administered by Low Carbon Australia.
The growing number of organisations participating in the NCOS Carbon Neutral Program continue to take the lead in Australia’s voluntary carbon sector and demonstrate their commitment to achieving a low carbon future.
Benefits to business
A business may choose to go carbon neutral for the following benefits:
- reducing the impact on global warming
- reputational, corporate or product positioning
- saving money through reducing resource use and emissions reduction
- differentiation from market competitors—or keeping up with market leaders
- attracting and retaining staff
- greater understanding of the carbon risk associated with business operations
- having an independent third party recognise the climate change and carbon management a company has undertaken.
The NCOS commenced on 1 July 2010 and is the successor to Greenhouse Friendly™ which closed on 30 June 2010.
The NCOS Carbon Neutral Program Guidelines have been prepared to provide general information and guidance on meeting the requirements of the NCOS. The guidelines should be read in conjunction with the NCOS.