The ClimateSafe Certification Process

At ClimateSafe, we use a six-step certification process to ensure that the activities undertaken by an entity, and the carbon offsets applied to these activities, guarantee truly carbon-neutral products, services and events.


When an entity decides to neutralize the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a product, service or event, they often face challenges along the way. In order to obtain a sense of direction we must first define a starting point.

In this phase of the certification process, ClimateSafe staff interacts with the client to evaluate objectives and determine their needs. This includes establishing a checklist of the life-cycle assessment, identifying available data key points, developing a strategy to determine the carbon footprint, discussions on offset sourcing options, and thinking through the internal and external dimensions for the proposed carbon neutral strategy.


ClimateSafe categorizes emissions associated with the occurrence of an activity, a company entity, product or service provided by emissions type and quantity using standards developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), International Organization of Standardization (ISO) and other authoritative bodies that support the greenhouse gas community.

ClimateSafe will assist our client with forms necessary to collect data used to quantify emissions.


The data is reviewed and analyzed to determine the greenhouse impact of the product, service or event. After the footprint is deemed complete, the results determines the number of offsets required to obtain a greenhouse gas neutral status.

In this phase, the results are compared against several greenhouse gas accounting standards, such as the GHG Protocol and ISO 14064-2, to distinguish emissions that would be considered unique to the production process and separate from those that might appear on another entity's balance sheet. This is done in order to discover any potential overlap and to identify the boundaries that satisfy our client's goals for any environmental or legal responsibility.


If a client seeking certification of a product, event or service provided requires offsets to neutralize their emissions, ClimateSafe can provide advice and also help source offsets to facilitate the reduction of the identified emissions. Alternatively, a client may have generated their own reductions, have identified a source for offsets, or have a plan to mitigate the identified emissions. In both cases, ClimateSafe staff will work with the client to ensure integrity of the neutralization process.

The fundamental criteria for a reductions' legitimacy is that it actually occurred and is quantifiable relative to an absolute total.


A description of the product, service or event is recorded in a Certification Report which includes the outlined boundaries, the method of calculation, standards utilized in the calculation process, applied offsets, the duration of neutralization, and then certified by ClimateSafe. The Certification Report is then delivered to the client with ClimateSafe Certification Approval. An optional simplified Certificate can also be created for public review purposes.

After certification approval our client is given permission to use the ClimateSafe logo only for the approved product, service or event established the by research findings for marketing, web sites, and communication.


Now that the product, service or event is certified Climatesafe, the application of the Certification Mark can be utilized. The mark comes with an Identity Package that has suggested phrasing, screen ready logos, approved fonts, formats, sizes, color charts and placement guidelines. Introducing a ClimateSafe product is a special moment that allows our client to communicate a unique attribute. ClimateSafe staff can work with your marketing representatives to generate ideas, develop product specific language claims, and support publication and web applications. ClimateSafe can also advertise the product's neutralization through press releases, media interviews, through its own web sites, and broad contacts in the environmental news industry.

ClimateSafe ® is the United States' first federally recognized certification mark for greenhouse gas neutral products and services.