CFV Carbon Footprint Verification

Climate change is a global issue which demands the attention of organizations, governments and individuals alike.  Already, forward-thinking organizations have begun voluntarily declaring their GHG emissions for reasons such as risk management, cost reduction, brand protection, and attracting socially responsible investment.  And in the process those organizations have prepared themselves for the GHG legislation of tomorrow.


What is CFV?

With the UK government committed to reducing the UK's total greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2050 in a bid to tackle global warming, measuring and reporting an organization's carbon footprint is becoming a big issue in the board room. Already forward thinking organizations have begun voluntarily declaring their GHG emissions for reasons such as risk management, cost reduction, brand protection, and attracting socially responsible investment. And in the process of measuring carbon footprint, those organizations have prepared themselves for GHG legislation of tomorrow.

CFV (Carbon Footprint Verification) is fundamental to provide credibility. It reassures regulators, customers, employees, shareholders, potential investors, environmental groups, the media, and even your competitors, of the integrity, completeness and transparency of the carbon footprint calculations. Any organization that is actively measuring, or is establishing the procedures to arrive at its carbon footprint or CO2 emissions, irrespective of size, industry or location, could benefit from the additional rigour and expertise the CFV process brings.

Carbon Footprint Verification is relevant to all types of organizations. 

  • Those already reporting GHG emissions for mandatory schemes that want to widen the scope to cover the whole organization
  • Those in industries which are shortly going to be involved in a mandatory GHG emissions scheme
  • Those that are reporting voluntarily to initiatives such as the Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Those smaller organizations looking for a manageable first step in promoting their contribution to the environment

What are the benefits of Carbon Footprint?

  • Prepare for future legislation such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment
  • Manage carbon risk exposure and identify areas for improvement
  • Improve efficiency and cut costs through reduced energy consumption
  • Gain credibility by demonstrating environmental responsibility
  • Motivate and engage staff by involving them in carbon reduction plans  

We can verify you

Third-party verification of your organization's carbon footprint provides significant added value for participating organizations. Undertaking the process towards verification will provide:

  • Credibility
    Third-party verification provides a degree of credibility when it comes to reporting and publishing environmental information concerning carbon footprint. This has implications for interested parties such as employees, customers, brokers, shareholders, and insurance companies.
  • Integrity
    Independent verification provides assurance to your stakeholders that the verified data concerning CO2 emissions is faithfully represented, contains no material misstatements, is consistent and has been collected and analyzed in a transparent and reliable manner.
  • Transparency
    Reporting externally verified GHG emissions or CO2 data demonstrates your commitment to environmental transparency and accountability. A GHG emission or CO2 report may form part of a public or corporate environmental or sustainability report and be a step towards 'Green Governance'.
  • Consistency
    Third-party greenhouse gas emissions verification will ensure that your data is consistent according to set protocols. Using a unique process developed by our experienced GHG verification team, we will ensure that your data is accurate for the purpose for which it is designated.
  • Reliability
    We have ensured that third-party verification will produce reliable and faithful representation emissions data. Through accreditation under the UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) scheme EN 45011, we have achieved an important independent professional endorsement of our verification process.

This will assist you in:

  • Managing reputational risk
    You can be assured and assure others that your organization has considered the full scope of processes and emissions, and that the information is healthy enough to bear media scrutiny
  • Attracting Investment
    Providing credible information to financial markets and insurance companies can enhance your organization's reputation, leading to improved access to capital through ratings on the growing number of market indices such as the FTSE4Good and DJSI
  • Differentiating you from the competition
    By proving that your organization takes its environmental impact seriously
  • Carbon neutrality
    Having your carbon footprint independently verified will support your claim of carbon neutrality with a proven best practice calculation, ensuring that you are focusing on the most efficient abatement programs and not purchasing more offset credits than necessary to achieve carbon neutrality.

Why choose BSI?

We pioneered standards more than 100 years ago and today we’re the market leader. We help over 65,000 organizations ranging from top global brands to small ambitious businesses in 150 countries to gain an edge over their competitors. As one of the few organizations that understands standards from start to finish, we don’t only assess how well you’re meeting the standards, but also we create new standards from scratch and train teams globally to use them and perform better. Our knowledge can transform your organization.