Business Carbon Footprint Services

Carbon Footprint Validation and Certifications

Climate Change

The climate is changing. Nowadays we have an accelerating warming trend that has brought the global mean temperature up 0.8°C over the past century and more than 0.4°C over the last decade.

Global warming is caused by releasing what are called greenhouse gases (GHG): carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere.

However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere and temperatures are rising into the atmosphere thereby increasing the planet`s temperature leading to real issues: melting ice caps, rapidly spreading droughts.

Additionally, the irreversible damage to the world's ecosystems, including the resulting extinction of a large fraction of the earth's species, will be the most extensive civilized humans will have ever experienced.

And yet, with every ton of carbon burned, the earth is irreversibly altered and the changes in climate to come will likely threaten many people's access to those basic services: including food, shelter and water.

Everything we buy, produce, use and dispose of has a carbon footprint. The carbon footprint of a product or service is the total carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted during its life cycle, ranging from its raw materials, through production to its final disposal.

Why a Carbon Footprint Label?

A Carbon Footprint Label leads to understand the carbon emissions of the products, sites and services they use and support positively the environment with sustainability development.

Measuring carbon emissions at every step of the supply chain leads to valuable energy and cost saving opportunities and this ultimately contributes to a cleaner, better world. And publicizing a carbon footprint reduction with a recognized Eco-Label enhances brand reputation and sales appeal. It is the first step towards carbon neutral targets.

What is a carbon footprint?

The carbon footprint is a measure of the exclusive global amount of carbon dioxide (CO2 in Kg or tonnes) and other greenhouse gases emitted by a human activity or accumulated over the full life cycle of a product, a service or an organization.

Assessment Criteria

A Product Carbon Footprint project helps meeting the needs of both businesses and their customers. It provides to meet the needs of:

  • Organizations - to measure, reduce, improve eco-efficiency and communicate the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of their products, site and services
  • Customers - to help customers of manufacturers make choices that would lower their own carbon footprints, and to educate them on how the way they use the products they buy can lower their carbon footprints by selecting a privileged "eco-friendly" supplier
  • Individuals - to acknowledge and manage their personal carbon footprints every day.

Some Carbon footprint labeling schemes have already been developed in different countries worldwide and Carbon Footprinting is well perceived and more and more requested by end-consumers.

Carbon Calculators

  • Individual (see for Mauritius Individual Calculator)
  • Business (contact our team)

Carbon Footprint Way

The journey towards carbon literacy is not easy. But we will all have to make it: Individuals, communities, governments and organizations big and small.

The challenge for organizations is how to do this in a way that is smart and good for business.

It needs to ACT in 3M way before Offsetting:

Blue Carbon Certification
  • Measure
  • Manage
  • Mitigate

Get your Carbon Reduction be certified with the Blue Carbon ® Eco-Label

• Organization • Sites • Processes • Products • Individuals •

Certification and Blue Carbon Status

Blue Carbon® footprint certification status will offer competitive advantage to your organisation. The status will provide your customers, staff, stakeholders with instant recognition of your green credentials and your powerful position on climate change.

The different color levels will demonstrate tangible results in GHG reduction and enhance your motivation to improve further carbon emissions over time to Blue Carbon level over 40%.

The logo can be used on stationary, websites, vehicles, premises and literature. The instant recognition could be a contributing factor to winning new business and an opportunity to opening your services/products to new markets.

The certification and logos are represented as follows:

Blue Carbon Labels

The above represents that your business/product or service has conducted a third party carbon footprint assessment, demonstrating effective carbon management and reduction.

Carbon Zero Label

The above represents that you have your business/product or service is certified Carbon Zero: neutral GHG emissions.


We can also provide certificates for your customers and clients when they offset the carbon directly through the reseller program.

The 9-step footprinting process

Working either with our expert carbon footprint delivery partner or with your own people, the process starts with a awareness meeting to introduce to climate challenges and scope the project.

Once the scope has been agreed, the foot printing process will follow these steps in accordance with established requirement and well reputed standards:

  1. Climate Change and Carbon Footprint Awareness training
  2. Building a process map and setting boundaries
  3. Collecting data
  4. Assessing materiality
  5. Calculating the carbon footprint
  6. Defining Carbon Footprint Reduction objectives
  7. Carbon Footprint assessor review
  8. Carbon Footprint Certification
  9. Management review and re-certification

This will deliver a final footprint statement expressed in CO2 eq. (kg or tone) / (product or service) and value for your product or service which can then be put forward for reduction certification as well if you choose to do so.

Carbon Offsetting

Carbon Zero Label

The icon can be also be used to your business is working with Carbon Zero.

To ensure your business is mitigating GHG gases or offsetting your GHG emissions contact us today.

World legislation status

Climate change policy and legislation will drive the transition to a low carbon economy faster. The legislation will provide opportunities and risks for businesses and organisation to succeed.

The table below represents some legislation of each country, however please contact us info@rexizon.com for how Blue Carbon or Carbon Zero can help your business or organisation become more sustainable.

Australia

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme A mandatory emissions trading scheme covering emissions of all Kyoto Protocol GHGs from stationary energy, transport, fugitive, industrial processes, waste and forestry. The Scheme is starting this year. Mandatory
Energy Efficiency Opportunities Encourages large energy-using businesses to improve their energy efficiency, by requiring them to identify, evaluate and report publicly on cost effective energy savings opportunities. Mandatory
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme Mandatory emissions trading scheme in New South Wales. Aims to reduce the GHG emissions associated with electricity production and use through project-based offset activities. Mandatory
(New South Wales only)
Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Aims to encourage the uptake of energy efficient technology in the state of Victoria. Large electricity and gas retailers are required to acquire and surrender Victorian energy efficiency certificates, which are created by installing energy efficient technologies in residential properties. Mandatory
(Victoria only)

Canada

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Clean Air Act Proposed legislation taking an integrated approach to reducing emissions of both air pollutants and greenhouse gases. Would move industry from current voluntary compliance to strict mandatory action. Mandatory
Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act Provides for a yearly Climate Change Plan to be made describing measures to be taken to ensure Canada meets its targets under the Kyoto Protocol. Mandatory

EU

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
20 20 by 2020: Europe's Climate Change Opportunity This legislation sets targets for climate change action:
  • 20% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020, rising to 30% if there is an international agreement committing other developed countries to similar targets
  • 20% share of renewable energies in EU energy consumption by 2020
These EU-wide goals are broken down into specific targets for each Member State. Energy efficiency is expected to play a key role in achieving these targets, with aims for a 20% improvement in energy consumption compared to business as usual projections for 2020, or 1.5% of real energy savings per year.
Mandatory
EU Emissions Trading Scheme The Scheme covers CO2 emissions from the power sector (all fossil fuel generators over 20MW), oil refining, cement production, iron and steel manufacture, glass and ceramics, and paper and pulp production. Member States are required to develop a National Allocation Plan, setting targets for emissions from the relevant sectors and allocating allowances to installations for the relevant periods. All installations (representing about 40% of EU emissions) are thus set an absolute emission cap (6,600 MtCO2 in Phase I of the scheme). Allowances are freely tradable - installations may buy or sell allowances as they see fit. Phase II of the EU ETS began in 2008 and imposes tighter restrictions, as well as auctioning the allowances instead of distributing them freely. Mandatory
European Climate Change Programme Aims to identify and develop all elements of an EU strategy to implement the Kyoto Protocol. Mandatory

France

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Bilan Carbone Methodology for carbon accounting for French organisations. Voluntary
White Certificate Trading Energy suppliers must meet government-mandated targets for energy savings achieved by their residential and tertiary customers. Suppliers exceeding or undercutting their objectives can trade energy savings certificates as required for compliance. Mandatory

Germany

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Coalition Agreement This agreement set out objectives to, amongst others, double energy productivity by the year 2020 compared with 1990, and increase the energy efficiency of 5% of existing buildings built before 1978 every year. Mandatory

Global

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) The most widely used accounting protocol for greenhouse gas emission quantification, suitable for calculating carbon footprintsfor voluntary reporting. It is also the basis for a number of mandatory emission reporting systems. Voluntary

Japan

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Trial Emissions Trading Scheme Voluntary emissions trading scheme, incorporating targets from two previous voluntary schemes. The scheme targets emissions from electricity production and industry. A planned domestic offset system will be used to promote emission reduction in the agriculture and transport sectors. Voluntary

New Zealand

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill This Bill sets out measures for the gradual introduction by 2013 of an emissions trading scheme for all six Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gases, with emissions caps set for all major sectors of the economy: forestry, transport, stationary energy, industrial processes (non-energy), agriculture and waste. Mandatory

Switzerland

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Swiss Emissions Trading Sche me and CO2 Tax The Scheme allows companies covered by voluntary emission reduction agreements to convert these to mandatory targets, allowing them to participate in emissions trading and exempting them from the CO2 tax. Allowances for Scheme participants are freely allocated, but the CO2 tax (currently CHF 12/tonne) is payable on all emissions not covered by an allowance. Mandatory

UK

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Carbon Reduction Commitment A mandatory emissions trading scheme targeting large commercial and public sector organisations using more than 6,000MWh of electricity through mandatory half hourly meters. Organisations will have to buy allowances for emissions at an auction, with the total number of allowances set by the Government. Revenue from the auction will be recycled to scheme participants. The scheme is expected to begin in 2010. Mandatory
EU Emissions Trading Scheme The Scheme covers CO2 emissions from the power sector (all fossil fuel generators over 20MW), oil refining, cement production, iron and steel manufacture, glass and ceramics, and paper and pulp production. Member States are required to develop a National Allocation Plan, setting targets for emissions from the relevant sectors and allocating allowances to installations for the relevant periods. All installations (representing about 40% of EU emissions) are thus set an absolute emission cap (6,600 MtCO2 in Phase I of the scheme). Allowances are freely tradable - installations may buy or sell allowances as they see fit. Phase II of the EU ETS began in 2008 and imposes tighter restrictions, as well as auctioning the allowances instead of distributing them freely. Mandatory
Climate Change Act Aims to improve carbon management to help the transition to a low carbon economy and demonstrate strong international leadership. The Act is a legally binding formal commitment to address the causes and manage the impacts of climate change in the UK. Mandatory
Building Regulations The building sector accounts for 40% of the EU's energy usage and offers the largest single potential in energy efficiency. The main regulations are:
  • Energy Certificates
  • Building Regulations Part L 2006(Part J in Scotland and F in Northern Ireland)
  • In addition the UK government has announced targets for all new housing to be "zero carbon" by 2016 and new commercial building by 2019
National Indicators requiring local government to calculate carbon emissions on all their building and services year on year scheme started 2009.
Mandatory

USA

Legislation Details Mandatory/Voluntary
Climate Registry Non-profit organisation that sets standards to calculate, verify and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions on a voluntary or mandatory basis. Voluntary
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule Based on authority provided by the Clean Air Act, the US Congress has directed the EPA to publish a greenhouse gas reporting rule, requiring reporting of greenhouse gas emissions above certain thresholds in all sectors of the economy. The final rule is expected to be complete in June 2009. Mandatory
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Emissions trading scheme in ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maryland, targeting emissions from fossil fuel fired power plants with a capacity of 25 MW or higher. Mandatory in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maryland
Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program Department of Energy programme encouraging organisations to report on greenhouse gas emissions, emission reductions, and sequestration activities. Voluntary