Go Carbon Neutral
Why Carbon Neutral?
Carbon neutrality is about reducing GHG emissions and creating a low-carbon future. It means taking responsibility for the impact of your organization on the environment.
By protecting and restoring natural habitats or investing in clean technologies, carbon neutral businesses are part of the global solution to drawdown emissions and reverse global warming.
Synergy's Carbon Neutral Standard
Going carbon neutral is about supporting projects that are reducing our net global greenhouse gas output. Protecting and restoring forests or other natural carbon sinks ensures that carbon continues to be captured and sequestered naturally while enhancing biodiversity and protecting habitat. Other offset projects accelerate the adoption of clean technologies beyond business as usual, pushing the envelope and creating rapid change, which is needed to mitigate future emissions.
Synergy's carbon neutral standard is built on two key principles:
1) The carbon footprint to be offset must be complete and accurate
2) The projects being supported must be additional (would not occur without the funding provided by offsetting), permanent and create no leakage (negative downstream impact)
Carbon Footprint Requirements
To ensure that an appropriate number of offsets are purchased, the business must complete a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory that adheres to the standards of the GHG Protocol and
The inventory must:
Be completed by a qualified GHG accounting professional
Include scope 1, 2 and material (>5%) scope 3 emissions
Be completed within the past two years
Carbon Offset Requirements
Offsets must be purchased for the organization’s full greenhouse gas inventory and proof of retirement of the offset must be provided (ensures it was only purchased once). Any projects verified by a globally recognized standard (Gold Standard, VER+, etc.) will be accepted. At Synergy, we also understand that many local or regional projects are not large enough to justify rigorous verification. Upon request, Synergy will review carbon reduction projects for additionality, permanence, and leakage to endorse their validity and positive impact. The projects we support:
Go beyond business as usual to reduce emissions and would not have happened without funding from carbon offsets (additional)
Calculate reductions in line with the GHG Protocol for Project Accounting and
Have clear ownership and proof of retirement
Ensure the reductions are permanent