Mid-year updates to The CarbonNeutral Protocol

1st August 2023

We have made three mid-year updates to the technical specifications of The Protocol.

1. The adjustment to emissions from aviation through an Aviation Impact Factor (AIF), is no longer mandated in the Protocol.

This is in response to developments, such as those at The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), which bring carbon accounting ever closer to being a regulatory requirement for many companies. We want to avoid the need for certified clients to run a separate set of carbon accounts for their CarbonNeutral certification, given that many carbon accounting frameworks do not require accounting for radiative forcing.

The Protocol continues to recommend consideration of the additional radiative forcing arising from aviation, and the use of conversion factors which account for its impact.

2. Transportation and distribution-related emissions (T&D) have been recategorized to align with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard.

3. Following ICROA approval, we have added the Puro Standard as an Approved Standard for carbon credits.

Read more about the changes in the “Development” section of the Introduction of The Protocol.

Protocol (PDF) – page 9

Protocol (webpage)