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NCOS Carbon Neutrality

How we can help you achieve carbon neutrality or zero net emissions

This picture shows Megan, then CEO of Low Carbon Australia, presenting Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club (OFBRC) with the NCOS accreditation plaque in 2011.

From left to right:
George Cowling, Vice Chairman of the Board, OFBRC
Matt O’Hara, CEO OFBRC
Phil Buckley, Chairman of the Sustainability Committee, OFBRC
Meg McDonald, CEO Low Carbon Australia
Barbara Albert, MD Sustainable Business Consulting
Stephen Jones MP, Federal Member for Throsby

ncos-logoWe are specialised in helping companies achieve carbon neutrality and we are a partner organisation for the Australian National Carbon Offset Partner (NCOS).

Our engagement usually involves us preparing the calculations and documentation required for companies wanting to go carbon neutral. However, we are also engaged to upskill and train internal staff to teach them to prepare the documentation themselves should they wish not to outsource this task.

We can help your organisation with:

  • Setting an appropriate boundary for your carbon footprint
  • Calculating your carbon footprint
  • Developing and implementing your emissions management plan
  • Substantiating your carbon neutral claim so you won’t get into trouble with the ACCC
  • Choosing the right offsets for your organisation
  • Implementing record management and quality control for greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reporting to your organisational stakeholders
  • Getting the greenhouse gas inventory verified
  • Preparing the required NCOS application package (Annual inventory, Public Disclosure Summary)
  • Liaising with the Department of the Environment and Energy

How to go carbon neutral

As evidenced by numerous project examples, SBC’s approach centres on the development of pragmatic, cost-effective, staged plans for investment in low and zero-emissions technologies and practices, leading to net zero carbon outcomes. Our structured approach is organised around a model of ”Reduce, Produce, Purchase”, which is illustrated below.

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Carbon neutrality

Being carbon neutral means that there is no increase of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as a result of a company’s operations. Although the best thing for the environment is to reduce carbon emissions instead of offsetting them, it is impossible to reduce emissions to zero.
A company will always have a residual carbon footprint. The only way to eliminate the residual carbon footprint is to purchase carbon offsets. This is often cheaper than one might think. The price for a carbon offset, which equals 1 tonne of CO2-e, can range between $1 and $30. Taking responsibility for an organisation’s emissions is a small investment that will pay dividends for generations to come, as carbon offsets help shift society away from a highly carbon-intensive to a low-carbon economy.

Case study: Office-based organisation

An office-based organisation with about 60 employees that has worked towards the reduction of carbon emissions might have a residual carbon footprint of 200 tonnes. To go carbon neutral this particular company would have to purchase 200 carbon offsets. The yearly cost for being carbon neutral would thus range between $1,000 and $6,000.
If the company decided to go for NCOS accreditation additional costs would be the verification of the inventory through an accredited verifier and the costs of the NCOS certification itself.

Case study: Bowling Club

A bowling club with about 40 employees and a footprint of about 2,000 square metres might have a residual footprint of 1,200 tonnes of CO2-e. To go carbon neutral the bowling club would have to purchase 1,200 carbon offsets. The yearly cost for being carbon neutral would range between $3,000 and $36,000.
If the club decided to go for NCOS accreditation additional costs would be the verification of the inventory through an accredited verifier and the costs of the NCOS certification itself.