CSA unveils GHG CleanStart(TM) Registry: New online tool to help organizations of all sizes improve their carbon performance



    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has
become a business reality. Today, Canadian Standards Association (CSA), a
leading developer of standards and codes, announces its new GHG CleanStart(TM)
Registry, an easy to use web-based tool that provides a framework for
reporting an organization's GHG inventory and assisting businesses of all
sizes by providing information to help them achieve carbon neutrality.
    The GHG CleanStart(TM) Registry is designed for organizations,
governments, and other users to showcase how they have measured their carbon
footprint and how they plan to reduce it. The GHG CleanStart(TM) Registry
offers guidance and tools to help better understand the process involved in
establishing a carbon footprint, and the steps involved in reducing,
offsetting and eliminating emissions. It is a way to publicly showcase efforts
and gain recognition for achievements. The GHG CleanStart(TM) Registry is
accessible world-wide at http://www.ghgregistries.ca/cleanstart
    "CSA's GHG CleanStart Registry is a web-based environmental roadmap for
organizations of all sizes," says Suzanne Kiraly, president, standards,
Canadian Standards Association. "Climate change is now driving public policy
and corporate decisions. CSA's GHG CleanStart(TM) Registry offers
organizations a framework to support and drive greenhouse gas reductions, help
achieve carbon neutrality and share their success with the public and
stakeholders."
    Many of today's senior decision-makers want to know the size of their
organization's carbon footprint. To do so, they need the tools to measure and
report their progress on improving their carbon performance, including carbon
neutrality. They are looking for cost-effective ways to improve carbon
management voluntarily or in anticipation of proposed new government
regulations.

    
    Registration involves four essential steps:

    1. Complete an application form to make intent public.

    2. Measure current carbon footprint and complete the Carbon Footprint
       Report (the GHG CleanStart(TM) Registry website offers a number of
       calculators, templates, checklists and guidance materials).

    3. Document actions, purchases of renewable energy certificates and
       ownership of verified emission reductions to offset emissions in the
       Carbon Neutral Report.

    4. Make a self-declaration of carbon-neutral status, or obtain
       third-party verification in a manner consistent with ISO 14064-3.
    

    Organizations that complete steps satisfactorily as determined by CSA
will receive a CSA carbon neutral certificate and/or a letter of
participation.

    About CSA

    Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving
industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the
global marketplace. As a leading solutions-based standards organization
providing standards and codes development, application products, training and
advisory services, CSA aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life,
preserve the environment and facilitate trade. The Canadian Standards
Association is a division of CSA Group, which also consists of CSA
International, which provides testing and certification services for
electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products; and
OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation, inspection and advisory
services for retailers and manufacturers. For more information visit
www.csa.ca





For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E: anthony.toderian@csagroup.org


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