Green-e Climate

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Green-e® Climate is the first and only consumer protection and certification program for retail carbon offsets. It complements project certification programs by ensuring that offset sellers:

  1. Source only verified and properly tracked and credited reductions from high-quality projects certified under project standards that meet a high standard of quality,

  2. Retire correct volumes and types of emissions reductions on behalf of customers based on an audit of sales and supply, and

  3. Provide customers with sufficient and accurate disclosure and do not mislead customers with inaccurate advertising.

As such, Green-e Climate certification provides quality assurances covering the entire chain of custody of the emissions reduction, streamlining all of the vital elements of a credible offset into a single certification mark. The Program is intended to strengthen credibility in the voluntary carbon market and thereby promote use of carbon offsets by individuals and companies to reduce their greenhouse gas footprints.

Learn more: Green-e Climate websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with Green-e Climate's standard is verified by an independent organization (third party) following An independent board, The Green-e Governance Board, governs the Green-e Climate Standard and other governing documents that together constitute the Green-e Climate Program. The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) serves as the Program Administrator for the Program and is responsible for implementation of this criteria document and the accompanying program documents. The Green-e Climate Annual Verification Audit is performed by an independent auditor.

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Center for Resource Solutions

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Green-e Marketplace, and Green-e Energy

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Year ecolabel est. 2008

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Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Carbon offsets

Other categories: retail carbon offset products

Where this ecolabel is found
United States

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Last updated: 24 October 2012