National Bank of Canada awarded first certification
MONTREAL, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - As North American businesses become
increasingly aware of the important role they play in global greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions reductions, Enviro-access—one of only two organizations
accredited by the Canadian Standards Council (CSC) as a GHG validation and
audit firm—is launching its new Carbon Care(TM) certification.
Enviro-access CEO Manon Laporte explains: "The organizations that voluntarily
commit to GHG reductions and seek our experts' help wished to see the creation
of a credible and rigorous certification that would recognize their concrete
efforts to quantify and reduce their emissions. The Carbon Care(TM)
certification will allow them to stand out from the competition and gain the
trust of a varied clientele by demonstrating their compliance with a rigorous
process backed by the highest GHG quantification and auditing standards. The
requirements of our certification will lend it a great degree of credibility."
Carbon Care(TM) certification offers two levels of recognition: basic and
carbon-neutral. The basic recognition attests that the organization has
carried out an inventory of its GHG emissions in compliance with ISO standard
14064-1 and that it has provided tangible proof of initiatives undertaken to
reduce GHG emissions. The second level of certification, the carbon-neutral
recognition, is awarded to organizations that have, additionally, offset all
direct and indirect energy GHGs quantified in their inventory. The offset can
be achieved through credits certified to recognized standards or by purchasing
GHG emissions reductions from a project documented in compliance with ISO
standard 14064-2 and audited by an organization accredited by the CSC.
"This certification is, without a doubt, a key element in the recognition of
businesses' and institutions' efforts to proactively manage their GHG
emissions. This can only encourage all Quebec and Canadian companies to follow
suit in response to the growing trend among citizen-consumers to support
organizations taking steps to reduce their ecological footprint," adds Laporte.
National Bank of Canada receives first Carbon Care(TM) certification
Enviro-access is also proud to award the very first Carbon Care(TM)
certification to National Bank of Canada, which earned the carbon-neutral
recognition. National Bank of Canada's Building Engineering and Sustainable
Development Manager, André Longpré, declares: "The Bank has been working
hard at reducing emissions for five years. A first GHG inventory painted a
detailed picture of our emissions and allowed us to target our emissions
reduction actions. Ten concrete measures have since been implemented, and we
chose to compensate our residual emissions by buying carbon offsets from
Sobeys. This carbon-neutral certification is a gratifying recognition of our
efforts to responsibly manage our GHGs. We are very proud to have succeeded in
meeting all requirements. It is a testament to the thoroughness of our
approach and to National Bank of Canada's desire to contribute to
The Carbon Care(TM) certification is aimed at private companies as well as
financial institutions, academic institutions, and other public organizations.
Enviro-access has been counselling public and private organizations in their
sustainable development and GHG emissions reductions projects for two decades.
Its team of specialists is considered to be among the most experienced in
Quebec and Canada when it comes to assisting the execution of projects related
to GHG emissions reductions. The company also quantifies, validates, and
audits GHG emissions.
For more information or to schedule an interview: Sarah Claude Coordinator
Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations 514-842-2455, ext. 22 514-602-4102
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