Standards

Greenhouse Friendly

Greenhouse Friendly

Governing Organization

Department of Climate Change, Australia

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by verified bodies

Memberships

Government Affiliated

Sectors Covered

Various Sectors

Issues Covered

Carbon, CSR, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management, Water Related

Description

The Greenhouse Friendly initiative operated from 2001 to 30 June 2010. The National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS ) replaced the Greenhouse Friendly initiative from 1 July 2010. Through Greenhouse Friendly, Australian businesses were able to market carbon neutral products and services, deliver greenhouse gas abatement and give Australian consumers greater purchasing choice. All Greenhouse Friendly product and service providers’ offsets were sourced from Greenhouse Friendly approved abatement activities only. These abatement activities offered permanent, independently verified carbon offsets which represented emissions reductions or sequestration which had contributed to a net reduction of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.  Greenhouse Friendly provided an effective and successful avenue for participation in the voluntary carbon market in Australia.

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