Climate Active is a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian businesses to encourage voluntary climate action.
Leading organisations are choosing to reduce their climate impact to zero by becoming carbon neutral.
Climate Active certification is awarded to businesses that have credibly reached net zero emissions. Certification is available for:
- products and services.
Certification showcases your carbon neutral status and helps the community take individual action by selecting brands showing climate leadership.
To understand the benefits, visit the Climate Active website
Certification for buildings is available through the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) or the Green Building Council of Australia.
Certification for events, organisations, precincts, products and services is available through the department.
Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard
For your entity to be certified you must meet the requirements of the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard.
Achieving the standard
To become carbon neutral, businesses and organisations:
- calculate the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their activity, such as fuel or electricity use and travel
- reduce these emissions as much as possible by investing in new technology or changing the way they operate
- offset any remaining emissions by purchasing carbon offset units.
Once you have cancelled out your emissions you have reached a state called ‘carbon neutral’ and can be certified.
Assistance to gain certification
The Climate Active website has a range of resources to help you become certified. Guidance is available to cover the step by step processes for each certification category, calculating your emission boundary, purchasing and reporting on offsets, and compliance procedures.
Visit the Climate Active website for more information and view our Tools and Resources page for additional guidance material.
Our department’s role
Climate Active is an ongoing partnership between the Australian Government and Australian businesses.
Our department administers carbon neutral certification and maintains the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard, the framework that underpins that certification.
- Visit the Climate Active website