Resources and Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Climate Neutral Now Resources Centre

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You will find many resources and useful links to support you while becoming Climate Neutral on this page, ranging from a non exhaustive list of partners who will be in a position to support your company or organization to take the necessary steps, to useful initiatives and frequently asked questions. 

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Do you Need Help Measuring & Reducing your company's or organization's emissions ?

For advice and support on measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, you may contact the following organisations:

Climate Footprint Calculator

Awareness is the first step to take climate action. Do you want to know your individual or your household's climate footprint? Our online calculator will help you to measure it. The calculator takes into account parameters such as energy use, travels, eating and consumption habits, etc. It will give you a better understanding of how much greenhouse gas your daily activities represent. Then, you can translate this figure into well-know equivalences to better understand how much it means, thanks to the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Now that you are aware of your footprint, you can take action to reduce it!

Air Travel Carbon Emissions Calculator

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has developed a calculator to assess one's carbon dioxide emissions from air travel. The ICAO Calculator allows passengers to estimate the emissions attributed to their air travel in a simple way, and requires only a limited amount of information from the user. 

Hotel Footprinting Tool

The Hotel Footprinting Tool allows to search the range of carbon emissions and energy usage among hotels around the world. Real data is used: it is supplied by the industry's global benchmarking study and aggregated to show the distribution of footprints in particular geographical locations.

Caring for Climate initiative

Want to join 400+corporate leaders in climate action? 

Join the Caring for Climate initiative. Gain more exposure for your company's climate-friendly actions and join businesses from over 30 sectors in more than 60 countries. Set goals, develop and expand strategies, share best practices and publish your company's emissions along with other leaders of climate action. Join Caring For Climate

Momentum for Change initiative 

Momentum for Change is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe that are moving the world toward a highly resilient, low-carbon future. Momentum for Change recognizes innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges.

Momentum for Change has launched Climate Neutral Now as one of its 6 areas of focus at the Conference of the Parties held in Marrakech, Morocco, in 2016 (COP22). In 2017, the initiative has recognized Climate Neutral Now solutions during its Awards Ceremony, held at COP 23, in Bonn, Germany. 

For more details on those activities and those who lead them, please visit the Climate Neutral Now section of the Momentum for Change pages. 

EDGE Green Buildings

EDGE makes it faster, easier and more affordable than ever before to build and brand green.

As the world prepares for climate neutral buildings, EDGE empowers market leaders to achieve this aspiration and gain a competitive advantage. An innovation of IFC, EDGE is a software, a standard, and a green building certification system that responds to the need for a measurable solution to prove the business case for building green and unlock financial investment. EDGE now recognizes the procurement of offsite renewable energy and carbon offsets.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Climate Neutrality?

Climate neutrality is achieved by balancing the amount of emissions generated with the Earth's natural capacity of to absorb them.

Climate neutrality is not necessarily about zero emissions. Instead, it is about reducing our current global emissions to the point where we reach a balance between our emissions and the absorptive capacity of the Earth. Individual citizens and organizations can resort to offsetting what they cannot reduce with UN certified units: a unit represents emissions that were reduced or avoided.

Why offset? Don’t we want to reduce emissions?

To achieve climate neutrality, we must first measure what we emit and then continuously seek to reduce our emissions. Even with our best efforts to reduce, however, our daily activities and business operations will always result in unavoidable emissions. This is why offsetting, only after measuring and reducing, plays a necessary role in achieving climate neutrality.

As our global society reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, offsetting will eventually not be necessary anymore. Offsetting is a temporary solution to help us move towards climate neutrality faster, by taking action to reduce emissions today.

Why offset with UN-certified emission reductions?

UN-certified emission reductions credits, so called CERs, are generated from Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, which are partly funded by the investment you make when purchasing offsetting credits. Offsetting funds existing projects, which encourages them to continue reducing emissions, while spurring the development of additional emission-reduction projects.

CDM offers a robust portfolio of UN CERs to choose from. With more than 8000 registered projects in 105 developing countries, and 27 project types, credits are available to help meet a wide variety of sustainability and social responsibility objectives. 

These projects also bring additional sustainable development benefits to the communities where they are located, contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. See examples of the projects your offsetting supports. 

Where do UN-certified emission reductions come from?

UN-certified carbon credits, also known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), are generated from Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions via a variety of methods. These projects can, among other approaches:

  • REPLACE the use of dirty fossil fuels with clean renewable energy (wind, hydro, solar, biomass, natural gas);
  • REDUCE energy consumption and the use of fossil fuels through energy efficiency measures (clean cooking stoves, energy efficient light bulbs);
  • CAPTURE already released carbon in trees and other plants (reforestation and forest regeneration projects)

CDM projects have been responsible for avoiding more than 1.8 billion tonnes of GHG emissions. That is equal to removing more than 300 million cars from the road each year, or installing 400,000 wind turbines, or the same amount taken out of the atmosphere by more than one billion acres of forest per year.

Take a look at these short videos presenting stunning project examples, and how they have improved lives: this is what you invest in, when you become climate neutral!

How will my company, organization or event get recognition for my taking the Climate Neutral Now Pledge?

Recognition for your company/organization participation in the UNFCCC-led initiative Climate Neutral Now include:

  • The use of Climate Neutral Now logo and other digital materials
  • Potential participation in UNFCCC-organized events
  • Visibility of your contributions to climate action
    • For organizations already reporting through one of NAZCA’s data partners and establishing an emissions reduction target, recognition in NAZCA (http://climateaction.unfccc.int/)
    • Promotion through the UNFCCC social media channels
    • Your logo in the Climate Neutral Now website
How will I get recognition as a citizen for becoming climate neutral?

You have the ability to show how easy it is to make a real difference for the climate. Demonstrate your commitment to climate action and join the global response to climate change by pledging to become Climate Neutral Now.

By signing the Climate Pledge, you are sending a message to the decision makers, companies and to all levels of society, to implement ambitious policies and practices which prevent the harmful effects of climate change and to secure the living conditions of mankind, as promised in the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Your name will appear on the climate pledge website, and if you indeed offset the rest of your emissions, the "unavoidable" ones, you will get a UNFCCC certificate to that effect, thanking you for your climate action, which you will be able to share on your social media accounts.  

 

 

How does offsetting address climate change?

Offsetting is the process by which an individual or organization compensates for their greenhouse gas emissions by buying climate credits. Once all of our emissions have been offset, we can say that we are climate neutral.

When you purchase climate credits, you fund projects that reduce emissions in developing countries. A project might install new renewable energy facilities, restore forests, deliver clean cook stoves or improve energy efficiency in homes. Known as the UN Clean Development Mechanism, this network of projects is the biggest of its kind in the world. With over 8,000 registered projects worldwide, offsetting with UN climate credits has avoided more than 1.8 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions. 

How does the Climate Neutral Now initiative contribute to the Goals of the Paris Agreement and to the Sustainable Development Goals?

There is universal recognition that if we are to realize the central aim of the Paris Agreement to keep a global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels this century, we must all go further and faster in delivering climate action before 2020. Both Party and non-Party actors have called for greater coherence and clarity so that all those involved in the implementation of climate action can collaborate effectively.

Climate Neutral Now supports this objective, because it is an initiative that acts as a climate action tool: the work led within this initiative contributes to the objective of limiting the raise of the temperature in that it proposes an immediate and economically advantageous fix for immediate climate action: let's measure our climate footprint, reduce our emissions as much as we can, and offset the unavoidable rest ones with trustworthy units, vetted by the United Nations. Obviously, this action shall be always cheaper: if one reduces their footprint more each year, the remissions to compensate will be proportionally fewer. And by reducing one's company footprint, one's events, or one's household, one acts for climate and one contributes to limiting global warming. 

Climate Neutral Now also contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not only because it helps implementing the Paris Agreement, but also because it fosters a financial investment in climate-friendly projects taking place in the developing world, thus contributing to improving and changing lives in communities: see these video examples to understand where the money used to purchase offset units goes to, and where these units (so-called CERs) come from. 

Climate Neutral Now also plays a role in building resilience to climate change and adapt to it, in that it fosters behavioral changes, from companies, organizations, individuals, i.e. consumers. This will drive the change within the relevant corresponding industries. Developed country Parties greening their processes, consumption patterns and industries is fully part of the overall efforts to adapt to climate change and building resilience through investments in climate friendly projects set up in developing ones.

Finally, the climate action goal of the SDGs (number 13) is a cross-cutting goal, achievements within which will support greater ones within other goals. Climate Neutral Now by its nature incentivizes behavioural changes, e.g. the use of clean energy, smart waste management, a responsible use of water, land and other natural resources, recycling and becoming aware of consumption needs etc., therefore serving other goals than the one devoted purely to the climate system. It serves the SDGs who are impacted by the current climate change.