Label criteria - Climate Neutral Event
The term climate neutrality means living in a way that produces no net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This should be achieved by reducing your own GHG emissions as much as possible, and using carbon offsets to neutralise the remaining emissions.
(Kick the Habit, A UN guide to Climate Neutrality, UNEP, 2008)
The label climate neutral event aims to help companies and organizations arrange climate conscious events. For an event to claim climate neutrality through South Pole's climate neutral label, the following criteria should be met .
1. Develop a GHG inventory and quantify the event's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions including the gases mentioned in the Kyoto protocol e.g. carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O).
a) Direct emissions
b) Indirect emissions from purchased electricity, heating and cooling
c) Indirect emissions from travel, accommodation, leased facilities, waste disposal, food and other consumables
d) Other material indirect emissions.
2. Identify and perform efforts to reduce the event's estimated GHG emissions.
3. Offset all estimated direct and indirect GHG emissions of the event.
4. Communicate the event's status as climate neutral.