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Become a Seller of Green-e Climate Certified Carbon Offsets

Green-e Climate is a certification program for the sale of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions sold in the voluntary market. This page summarizes the requirements that sellers offering Green-e Climate Certified offsets must follow. Green-e Climate certification ensures that no double selling of GHG emission reductions occurs and that sellers make appropriate disclosure to their customers. Additionally, Certified Offsets can only be sourced from projects that were validated and registered under a Green-e Climate Endorsed Program. These programs use standards that ensure that projects are additional, and that reductions are real, verified, enforceable, and permanent.

Requirements for Participating Sellers

To use the Green-e Climate logo, a seller of Green-e Climate Certified carbon offsets must agree to undergo the biannual Marketing Compliance Review and the annual Verification Audit, as outlined in the Green-e Climate Code of Conduct. Marketing Compliance Review is a biannual review by Program staff of all marketing materials associated with Certified Offsets. 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 offsets. The PCL must include the project types, project location and Endorsed Program by percentage for the certified offsets. 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.

Third-Party Distributors

A Third-party Distributor is a company that sells Certified Offsets on behalf of a participating Seller but does not take ownership of the GHG emissions reductions. All Third-party Distributors must provide Certified Offset sales data to the Seller's auditor for verification.

Steps to Certification


All the documents referenced here can be found at Standards and Governing Documents.
  1. Review Green-e Climate documents. The Green-e Climate Code of Conduct contains the Ethical Guidelines, Certification Categories, and Disclosure & Verification Requirements that apply to sellers of Green-e Climate Certified carbon offsets. The Green-e Climate Standard outlines the primary criteria for eligible GHG emissions reductions.
  2. Read and fill out program application. All materials necessary for application can be found on the Standards and Governing Documents page.
  3. Submit the following materials to Program staff: The Green-e Climate Logo Use Agreement (two signed copies), Appendix A and supporting documentation including Product Content Label and Price, Terms, and Conditions, and certification fees to Center for Resource Solutions.
  4. Update website with project list. Sellers of Green-e Climate Certified Offsets are required to maintain a list of projects which they use to supply their certified offsets. When a seller procures GHG emission reductions from a new project, they must add that project to the Project List on their website.
  5. Source GHG emission reductions from eligible projects that are registered with an Endorsed Program or get your project certified by an Endorsed Program. All GHG emission reductions must be certified by a Green-e Climate Endorsed Program. If you have a specific project that you would like to get certified, review background materials on Endorsed Programs.
  6. Ongoing monitoring, verification, outreach and support. To maintain certification, Sellers must comply with Green-e Climate requirements related to annual verification, adherence to the Code of Conduct, biannual marketing compliance review, and payment of the annual certification fees.

 

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