The CarbonNeutral Protocol Index

Step 1: Define

Technical Specifications

1.1 Required GHG Emissions Sources

1.2 Certification specific requirements


1.3 Corporate value chain (Scope 3) accounting and reporting

1.4 Product-type certifications

1.5 Treatment of assets rented or leased to customers of CarbonNeutral® entities

Step 2: Measure

Technical Specifications

2.1 GHG Emissions Quantification Requirements

2.2 GHG emissions assessments


2.3 Quality assurance and verification

2.4 Energy use (gas and electricity)

2.4.1 Treatment of renewable electricity in Scope 2 emissions

2.4.2 Treatment of Energy Attribute Certificates (EAC) in Scope 3 emissions

2.4.3 Market-based Scope 2 reporting declaration to support CarbonNeutral® certification

2.4.4 Energy Attribute Certificate (EAC) Application Protocol for third-party assessment partners

2.4.5 How to report GHG emissions from green gas certificates

2.5 Aviation

2.5.1 Calculating the climate impact of aviation

2.5.2 Determining aviation emissions from flight distances

2.6 Materials consumption and waste

2.6.1 Treatment of recycled waste - substitution within GHG assessments

2.6.2 Water consumption and waste water treatment

2.7 How to report GHG emissions from carbon neutral services within a corporate GHG inventory

2.8 Using environmental product declarations (EPDs) for CarbonNeutral® products

Step 3: Target

Technical Specifications

3.1 Approved emission reduction strategies and/or targets

3.2 CarbonNeutral® Certification - Target and Reduce Form


3.3 Setting internal reduction targets

3.4 Net zero targets

3.5 Climate (or carbon, or net) positive

Step 4: Reduce

Technical Specifications

4.1 Approved Environmental Instrument Standards

4.1.1 Carbon credits

4.1.2 Approved Energy Attribute Certificates (EAC) standards

4.2 Recognised non-carbon accounting standards


4.3 Evaluating internal GHG reduction projects

4.4 Elaboration on additionality and baselines

4.5 The use of carbon credits generated by projects which avoid, reduce and remove GHGs

4.6 Insetting

4.7 Excluded emission reduction project types

4.8 Corresponding Adjustments (CAs)

Step 5: Communicate

Technical Specifications

5.1 Use of the CarbonNeutral Certification logo


5.2 Communicating CarbonNeutral certification

5.3 Communicating 100% renewable electricity

5.4 Recommended disclosures and communication