What is a carbon neutral business?
According to the Australian Government's Climate Active program, to become a carbon neutral businesses you first calculate the carbon emissions generated by your activities, such as fuel or electricity use and travel.
You can focus on reducing these emissions as much as possible by investing in new technology or changing the way you operate. Any remaining emissions can then be compensated for by purchasing carbon offsets.
Carbon offset units are generated from activities undertaken by others that prevent, reduce or remove carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere. When the offsets purchased by an organisation equal the emissions produced, they are carbon neutral.
If you want to market or advertise your business as carbon neutral, it is important to comply with the guidelines of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Climate Active has detailed guides on the process to become carbon neutral and also offers a certification service, if you wish to be formally certified as carbon neutral.
Yarra Council is formally certified as a carbon neutral organisation through the Climate Active program.