The Carbon Friendly® Certification Standard
Our Carbon Friendly® Certification Standard (CFAS IP AUST 2110771) is a globally accredited certification system developed and managed by Carbon Friendly® Pty Ltd. This voluntary standard is developed in compliance with the ISO14064-2 standard for GHG emission reduction and removal assessments of agricultural production systems.
The Carbon Friendly® Certification Standard is one of the first food sustainability standards globally, to become the established benchmark for assessing and communicating the climatic impacts of food products in the marketplace.
Why Carbon Friendly® Certification?
Carbon Friendly® certifies crops where producers have made a commitment to sustainable farming practices. The aim of the certification is to encourage farmers to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) and acknowledge farmers that have already adopted sustainable farming practices. GHG reduction measures in the agriculture industry play a substantial role in mitigating the effects of climate change – with enough farmers adopting sustainable farming practices, the effects of climate change can be reversed.
What Does Carbon Friendly® Certification Mean to:
Our Carbon Friendly® certification recognises farmers for their contribution in reducing their impact on climate change. We acknowledge eco-minded farmers that have committed to more sustainable practices, and who are ‘farming for our future’. Farmers are now able to track their own progress – they are audited on a regular basis and our team of agronomists/scientists provide advice for continual improvement.
Along with our sister company, Carbon Friendly Farmers®, we help our farmers to reap the benefits of farming more sustainably. Here we provide a platform where their carbon credits can be traded and help them share their sustainability journey with the concerned consumer through a distinct sustainability mark displayed on products or retailer shelves with a unique QR-Code linked video showcasing their story.
Retailers are now putting a high priority and emphasis on sustainability. The Carbon Friendly® certification provides retailers with the opportunity to distinguish ‘eco-friendly foods’ over their traditional counterparts. With more consumers wanting retailers to help them shop more sustainably and favouring food retailers that care for the environment, our certificate provides retailers with a competitive edge by satisfying the needs of enviro-conscious consumers. Retailers also play a fundamental role in driving farmers’ ecological practices and speeding up their adoption – by shaping a more positive farmer attitude towards sustainable farming, providing incentives and building consumer awareness.
For The Consumer
Conscious consumers can now shop for sustainable foods with our Carbon Friendly® certification. The consumer can now see exactly which farm the food comes from and how it was produced. Consumers can now identify foods that meet the sustainability criteria and choose to support farmers who are committed to reversing the effects of climate change. Our certification provides transparency and traceability.
When Can I Become Carbon Friendly®Certified?
To be certified Carbon Friendly®, farming operations need to have shown a reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the same agricultural crop/product over a period of time. To determine whether a farm is Carbon Friendly®, we use an international accounting methodology that is based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol guidelines and directives.
This includes examining the GHG emissions from a wide range of stipulated emission sources – from fertiliser and fuel use, all the way to the point of processing or distribution delivery. Apart from examining these emission levels, we also consider emission savings from soil carbon accumulation, in particular in the form of improved agricultural management and increased native vegetation zones.
A production system can become certified Carbon Friendly® if there has been a reduction in GHG emissions per unit of production between the base year and assessment year. Production systems showing net sequestration of carbon (GHG emission reduction or removal is larger than the emissions), is certified as Carbon Friendly® with credits.