Climate Neutral Group (CNG) wants to accelerate the transition to a net-zero carbon economy and is now a European market leader in the field of carbon foot printing, life cycle analysis (LCA), emission reduction and carbon offsetting.

On the way to CNG’s new Certification Program

Several years ago, we have launched our certification program (Klimaatneutraal Gegarandeerd), in order to help organizations to become ‘climate neutral’ and/or to deliver products or services that are ‘climate neutral’. Triggered by our clients’ needs today, the current ‘climate debate’ and the expected upcoming (regulatory) changes for the voluntary carbon market, but also because of our own internal drive for professionalism, CNG had decided to further professionalise its certification program.
We are excited to announce that our revised program has been launched on the 1st of September, 2020, and will become mandatory from the 1st of January, 2021, consisting of the following program documents:

The Climate Neutral Standard (vs 1.0), with several annexes also available in Excel:
Annex 2
Annex 3a
Annex 3b
Annex 6a
Annex 6b
Annex 7
The Trademark and Claims Policy (vs 1.0)
The Assurance Protocol (vs 1.0)

Please find below a summary of the entire development trajectory:

CNG has revised its certification program following the ISEAL Codes of Good Practise. ISEAL is the global membership association for credible sustainability standards. In May 2019, Climate Neutral Group became an ‘ISEAL Subscriber’. The ISEAL Codes require several rounds of stakeholder consultation, before the final program could be launched. As such, CNG has organised the below stakeholder consultation rounds. As a first step, in spring 2019, CNG developed a Terms of Reference for the Development of the CNG Certification Program, describing the process and procedures pertaining to this development trajectory. Below picture visualises the entire process.

CNG Roadmap

Update in May 2020: This roadmap is delayed by appr. 1 month, due to an additional stakeholder consultation round which has been scheduled for June’20, and due to COVID-19.

Round 1 – Stakeholder Event

On the 25th of June, 2019, CNG hosted a stakeholder event, in order to receive feedback from key stakeholders on the very first (draft) propositions for the revised KNG Standard and CNG Certification Program.

During this event, the below program documents were presented and participating stakeholders gave input to some important pre-defined questions during a break-out session in an online form. CLOSED.

  Program document
Content Purpose
1 (draft) Terms of Reference for the Development of the CNG Certification Program_vs 0.1
(‘ToR Development Process’)
Describes the justification, process and procedures for the development process of the Program, including major changes, desired outcomes and stakeholders. ISEAL requirement; to assure that the development of the Program is done in a transparent, stakeholder-inclusive manner, and leads to the desired impact.
2 (draft) Proposition Paper – Reduction Criteria_vs 0.1 Describes CNG’s position on (internal and external) GHG emission reductions. Proposition paper that will be ‘converted’ into new/ revised criteria of the Standard.
3 (draft) Proposition Paper – Insetting Criteria_vs 0.1 Describes CNG’s view as to how insetting   can be used for product certification. Idem as above
4 (draft) Assurance Protocol_vs 0.1 Describes the processes and procedures related the verification and certification process. Defines roles and responsibilities for CNG, CNG clients, Footprint Calculators and independent Certification Bodies.

Minutes of the stakeholder event:

  • The presentation used during the event is available here.
  • The outcome of the Break Out Group Exercise is available here.

Round 2 – 1st Online Stakeholder Consultation Round

The feedback received from stakeholders during the stakeholder event resulted in a newer version (vs 0.2) of our propositions and program documents (see below in English and Dutch). Please find a summary of this stakeholder feedback and how it was integrated in vs 0.2 here, as well as a summary of major changes in vs 0.2 (compared to the previous vs 0.1) here. A wider stakeholder audience can now comment on the new documents during CNG’s 1st Stakeholder Consultation Round. We therefore cordially invite you to share your opinion and to provide input via an online feedback form EN will be accessible between September 15th, 2019 – November 24th 2019CLOSED.

NEDERLANDS (NL):
De feedback van stakeholders tijdens het stakeholder event heeft geresulteerd in een nieuwere versie van onze proposities en programma documenten (zie hieronder in het Engels en het Nederlands). Hier vindt u een samenvatting (in Engels)van deze stakeholder feedback en hoe het in vs 0.2 werd geïntegreerd, evenals hier een samenvatting van de belangrijkste veranderingen in vs 0.2 (vergeleken met vs 0.1). Een breder publiek van belanghebbenden kan nu commentaar geven op deze versies tijdens CNG’s eerste online consultatie ronde. Wij nodigen u van harte uit om uw mening te geven en input te geven via het online feedback formulier 
dat toegankelijk is tussen 15 september 2019 – 24 november 2019. GESLOTEN.

 
Program document
Content Purpose
1 (draft) Proposition Paper Reduction Criteria_EN_vs 0.2

NL: (draft) ‘Proposition Paper’ – Reduction Criteria_NL_vs 0.2

Describes CNG’s position on (internal and external) GHG emission reductions.

Beschrijft het standpunt van CNG over (interne en externe) reductie van broeikasgasemissies.

Proposition paper that will be ‘converted’ into new/ revised criteria of the Standard.

Propositie document dat wordt ‘omgezet’ in nieuwe / herziene criteria van de standaard.

2 (draft) Proposition Paper Insetting Criteria_EN_vs 0.2

NL: (draft) ‘Proposition Paper’ Insetting Criteria_NL_vs 0.2

Describes CNG’s view as to how insetting   can be used for product certification.

Beschrijft de visie van CNG op hoe insetting kan worden gebruikt voor product certificering.

Idem as above

Idem zoals hierboven

3 (draft) Assurance Protocol_EN_vs 0.2

NL: (draft) Assurance Protocol_NL_vs 0.2

Describes the processes and procedures related the verification and certification process.

Beschrijft de processen en procedures met betrekking tot het verificatie- en certificeringsproces.

Defines roles and responsibilities for CNG, CNG clients, Footprint Calculators and independent Certification Bodies.

Definieert rollen en verantwoordelijkheden voor CNG, CNG-klanten, Footprint Calculators en onafhankelijke certificeringsinstanties.

Round 3 – Advisory Committee Review

The feedback received from stakeholders during Round 2 (1st Online Consultation Round) has been processed, which resulted in the following program documents:

On the 23rd of March, the Advisory Committee has met for the first time and reviewed these new and updated documents. The input from the committee members has been incorporated, which has resulted in a new version to be used for the 2nd Online Consultation Round. The Advisory Committee members have also agreed on the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Committee.

Round 4 – 2nd Online Stakeholder Consultation Round

The feedback received from the Advisory Committee during round 3 (Advisory Committee Review) has been processed, which resulted in the following program documents:

A wide stakeholder audience was invited to comment on the above documents during CNG’s 2nd Online Stakeholder Consultation Round, via an online feedback form which was accessible between 1st of June –  1st of July 2020. Priot to this 2nd consultation round, CNG gave a webinar session for (potential) clients. The presentation slides can be found here.

Publication of final program documents

The feedback received from stakeholders during Round 4 (2nd Online Consultation Round) has been processed which resulted in the final versions of the program documents. These documents have been formally endorsed by the Advisory Committee on the 25th of August, 2020:

These documents have been shared with all relevant stakeholders on the 1st of September 2020, and will become mandatory from the 1st of January 2021, for the 2021 verification cycle.

CNG is currently developing a new website for the CNG Certification Program, which will be updated by the end of October 2020.

 

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