Green-e Climate is a certification program for the sale of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction products sold in the voluntary market. This page summarizes the requirements that sellers offering a Green-e Climate Certified GHG Emission Reduction Product (Certified Product) must follow. Green-e Climate certification ensures that no double selling of GHG emission reductions occurs and sellers of these products make appropriate disclosure to their customers. Additionally, Certified Products can only source from projects that were certified by a Green-e Climate Endorsed Program. These programs use protocols that ensure that GHG emission reductions are real, verifiable, enforceable, permanent, and additional.
To use the Green-e Climate logo, a seller of Green-e Climate Certified emission reductions must agree to undergo the twice annual marketing compliance review and annual independent verification audit, as outlined in the Green-e Climate Code of Conduct. The Green-e Climate Code of Conduct describes the details of the Marketing Compliance Review. Marketing Compliance Review includes a biannual review by the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) staff of all marketing materials associated with a Certified Product. The annual verification audit must be performed by an independent certified public accountant or certified internal auditor in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Green-e Climate Verification Process Audit Protocol.
A seller must present customers with a Product Content Label (PCL) upon purchase of the Certified Product. The PCL must include the project types, project location and Endorsed Program by percentage for the Certified Product. The exact requirements for the PCL, as well as associated required disclosures, are detailed in the Code of Conduct. In addition, a sellerís website must contain a full project list of all resources being used to supply the certified product, including project name, project location, date of implementation, and the Endorsed Program which certified the project.
There are two product types eligible for certification under Green-e Climate. A Fixed Mix Product has the same combination and proportion of GHG emission reductions from project type(s), locations(s) and Endorsed Programs(s) (for example: 45% Gold Standard energy efficiency from India, 55% VCS renewable energy from the U.S.) for all customers. Customized Mix Products allow the customer to choose a unique combination and proportion of GHG emission reductions from a specified list of project types(s), locations(s) and Endorsed Programs(s).
A third party distributor is a company that sells a Certified Product without any direct relation to procurement, but rather through an arrangement with a Seller of a Certified Product. Third Party distributors are only eligible to sell Fixed Mix Products. All third parties must provide Certified Product sales data to the auditor for verification.