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 CareTM 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 CareTM 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 CareTM 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 CareTM certification
Enviro-access is also proud to award the very first Carbon CareTM 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 environmental protection."
The Carbon CareTM 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.
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For more information or to schedule an interview:
Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations
514- 842-2455, ext. 22