Acting sustainably, winning customers
Climate change is one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Companies that are aware of their responsibility in this context and want to document their commitment to climate protection can do so with the verifications: the CO2 footprint (Corporate Carbon Footprint) and "Climate Neutral Company" from TÜV NORD CERT.
Verification of the carbon footprint forms the basis for active measures to protect the climate, such as targeted emission reductions. Organizations that also want to be climate-neutral can have it confirmed within the framework of an extended verification that they have purchased certificates from recognized climate protection projects and have shut them down to offset CO2 emissions. Verified compensation is awarded the TÜV NORD "Climate Neutral Organisation" test mark.
Consumers demand sustainability
Numerous steps have been taken at national and international level to curb global warming and mitigate its consequences, including the Kyoto Protocol, the EU Emissions Trading Directive, and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Act (TEHG). In addition to the mandatory measures, companies are increasingly required to make a voluntary contribution to climate protection. More and more consumers want to use their purchasing power to support companies that demonstrate sustainable and climate-friendly action.
Voluntary verification is aimed at companies, municipalities, authorities or associations that are actively dealing with climate change and its consequences, reducing their CO2 emissions and want to document this sense of responsibility externally.
TÜV NORD CERT: Experts in climate protection
A separate TÜV NORD standard was established for the verification of "climate-neutral companies", which is based on TÜV NORD CERT's experience in the field of national and international climate protection. TÜV NORD CERT has extensive knowledge and national and international references in the field of climate protection. We are accredited by the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) in accordance with ISO 14065 for verifying greenhouse gas balances (carbon footprints) in accordance with ISO 14064-3 and for verification within the framework of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). Furthermore, we are accredited by the United Nations Framework Convetion on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to validate and verify international climate protection projects.
Value enhancement and savings potential
Verification as a "climate-neutral company" offers companies a positive external image with regard to climate protection and a sense of responsibility. The loyalty of customers who prefer climate-neutral products to the certified company is increased; this increases the market value of these companies and their products and services. Companies that have lower CO2 emissions than their competitors can advertise with the direct comparison. In addition, a monitoring and examination of the emission sources in the company sometimes shows considerable (also financial) savings opportunities.